Re: ” You just can’t make this stuff up” (letter, 5-10).
The “Puyallup Citizen’s Watchdog Group” is bad-mouthing Valley Arts United. Their “vocal leader,” Dave Churchman, is sending vicious e-mails to City Council members and the newspapers. They refer to us as “a Who’s Who of bottom feeders living on the teet of the taxpayer” and as “Valley Tarts.” I find this highly offensive.
Yes, Arts Downtown, a member organization of VAU, has received grants from the city. This grant money did not come from Puyallup taxpayer money. It came from the hotel-motel tax paid by visitors to Puyallup. This money is required by state law to be used to further tourism in Puyallup.
VAU has more than 100 volunteers who put in thousands of hours a year to do things for our community. The outdoor sculpture gallery organized by Arts Downtown pulls people into Puyallup where they spend money and generate revenue for the city.
Over the years, we’ve raised thousands of dollars for the Fish Food Bank. We have given hundreds of dollars in prizes for the Dan Vesey Art Show, which features student artists. These are just a few examples of ways we give back to our community.
What has the Citizen’s Watchdog Group done lately for the community besides point fingers, call names, and spout half-truths or lies?
(Condra is chairperson of Valley Arts United.)