Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this is one of the most uninformed opinion pieces I have ever read in a newspaper. Wasn't it just a few short months ago that you published an article about the McMinn museum that you say is nationally recognized for its support of the textile arts? Is it okay that that museum gets funding from tax dollars?
Quilting is a multibillion dollar business and brings in more than enough tax dollars to support the museum in Nebraska. Let me break that down for you a bit. Included in the quilting business, and yes, it is indeed a business, are people who make a living writing books, editing books, printing books, magazines publishers, fabric companies and their designers, pattern designers, thread companies, quilt shops, paper bag companies, button manufacturers, embroidery floss manufacturers, dye companies, just to mention a few. And, that, my uneducated friend, means jobs. Many jobs, many people paying taxes.
Each year, two markets are held that are specific to the quilting business. Spring market travels around bringing in dollars to each city where it is held. Fall market is always in Houston, Texas, and is followed by Quilt Festival. Those two events bring in a double dose of tourism dollars.
And yet you seem to have the idea that it is only little old ladies sitting around a quilting frame. What a foolish, dated idea! You need to get out and about. You need to visit the museum in Nebraska and include a few more on your educational journey such as the quilt museum in Paducah, Kentucky, before you decide what is a waste of tax dollars. I would bet that this drop in the bucket in the large scheme of tax dollar distribution is one of the most appreciated ones by the businesses that quilting generates.
But let's go a bit beyond the money aspect. Quilting is a part of American history. It is a story book waiting to unfold. It is a piece of art. It is so much more than a piece of bedding. So much more!