This blog has been documenting the extremely misguided changes the Governors office is making to the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources and the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum.
As stated in the Aug 17th blog post, the only significant publicity this has attracted is a single article in the Arizona Republic. Shortly after that article was published, the reporter no longer worked for the Republic. No other reporter has picked up the story.
The typical news reporter may not appreciate or understand the value of the mineral museum. However, there are aspects of this story that should be easily understood and of interest to every Arizonian. These have been discussed individually in prior blog posts:
The Governors office misrepresented the change as cost cutting. That was a hoax.
Although she said she would use “no public funds” the Governor is actually spending millions (during and economic crisis) to support her pet project, the Arizona Centennial Museum. The money is being funneled through the Arizona Historical Society, which got a 50% budget increase.
The changes (which do not cut cost) jeopardize K-12 science education. Fieldtrips to the mineral museum are an experience remembered for a lifetime. Governor Brewer plans to deprive 3rd graders of that experience, and is not doing it to cut cost.
Arizona’s last place in science education makes spending money to reduce science education particularly foolish.
The new museum planned for the same building (5C Arizona Centennial Museum) is irrelevant in 2010.
The Governors treatment of museum volunteers was shameful
The Governor is jeopardizing other worthy centennial celebration projects.
The Governors actions will damage the Arizona economy by harming the mining industry
Hundreds of tips on these various angles of the story have been sent to various news media across the state. None have been interested.
Do today’s news reporters do nothing but listen to the police scanner for stories?
Are journalists and investigative reporters extinct?