Yet another shameless example of misleading journalism courtesy of The London Free Press. It reminds me of a headline I saw a few years back, informing us that "Murderer Found not Guilty." Although a front page story in the paper copy, the article is curiously omitted from the online version.
"The least they can do is restore the $75,000 to Fanshawe Pioneer Village to keep it open. After spending so much on establishing it, why on Earth would be abandon it for $75, 000."Put your own money where your mouth flaps - why on earth would we spend an additional $75,000 in addition to the $215,000 for operations the city has agreed to fork over for a decrepit relic NOONE CARES about. The line must be drawn somewhere people.
© 2005 The London Free Press
Of particular note in regards to the presentation of the Free Press story, of the mere 30 Londoners who bothered to write or email about the village, only about half of them were in support of coughing up more funds, although these letters were given disproportionate weight in that they were printed above the dissenters. In other words, the Free Press strongly suggests the desires of fifteen or so writers justify stealing $75,000 from already overtaxed Londoners. But I forget myself - did people really think such 'assets' come for free?
Update: A whopping 269!! people, and not all of them from London, have expended the effort to sign an online petition to Save Fanshawe Pioneer Village.
This is an investment in our city and in a growing attraction and educational and cultural resource that makes our city and our sense of self unique. Ten years of urgent requests for City operating support have brought us to this crucial stage in the survival of the 'living history museum'. The demise of Fanshawe Pioneer Village and subsequent disbursement of its fine collections would be the equivalent of cutting off an arm because of the loss of the direct connection of the heritage objects with their history.
Monday, February 21, 2005
Posted by Lisa Turner on Monday, February 21, 2005