This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.
Advocates of the Washington State History Museum are making a compelling case against Gov. Chris Gregoire’s new proposal to mothball the building.
The Legislature has preserved the museum, as an institution, through worse times than these. Lawmakers have kept it open through two world wars and the Great Depression. The reason: History is important.
It’s important to tell the state’s story to adults and critical to pass it on to the young.
The economics of shutting it down make no sense, even in a year when lawmakers must severely pare back many state programs.
Neither Gregoire nor anyone else is suggesting that the graceful, arched building on Pacific Avenue in Tacoma be left derelict. Even her budget would provide enough money – $1 million a year – to protect it from damage, decay and vandalism.
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