We want your opinions

August 16, 2006

THE ISSUE:

Even as Howard Community College prepares to open its $20 million visual and performing arts center, the Columbia Association's board has turned down a proposal to donate $200,000 to the facility. Some board members were concerned about adding to the association's debt, though they stressed the importance of close ties between the college and the community, and the importance of the arts.

What formal role, if any, do you think the Columbia Association should have in relation to the community college's arts programs? More broadly, just how much should the association be involved in the financial support of county civic and cultural institutions?

YOUR VIEW:

Send e-mail responses by tomorrow to howard.speakout@baltsun.com. A selection of responses will be published Sunday. Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and telephone number. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published.

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