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Just say no to HBO

Dear Editor:The annual report for Time Warner (HBO’s parent company) states the revenues for their network division in 2004 increased to $2.5 billion, up $111 million from 2003. HBO doesn’t put on the Comedy Arts Festival out of a concern for the town’s welfare, but out of a concern for their bottom line. You can’t fault them for trying to cut costs and maximize their profits – that’s why they’re in business.Why, however, does the City Council feel it’s necessary to use taxpayer dollars to subsidize this very profitable corporation? At a time when the prevailing wisdom for appearing before our local governments seems to be to ask for the moon and let the government whittle down their approval to [something] merely very generous, it’s nice to see Mayor Helen Klanderud and J.E. DeVilbiss have the common sense to realize sometimes the council should just say no.P.S. If the Council feels it just has to spend $30,000 on the arts, wouldn’t the money be better spent on something that directly benefits the locals, for instance providing a location for the Valley Kids Art Show? Anne Marie McPheeAspen

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