Sunday, April 14, 2013

Shame! 9/11 Memorial Begins Charging Admission

Is there no limit to liberal greed? I'm speaking of those effete low lifes who populate virtually every not-for-profit institution, who ooze sanctimony, and who speak as if they schooled the apostle Paul on the virtue of charity. The latest example of unmitigated selfishness is the decision by the 9/11Memorial foundation to begin charging $2 per ticket for all advance reservations made online or by phone, breaking a promise it had made never to charge admission.
Relatives to those killed in the 9/11 attack are outraged.
“I don’t want the American public to have to pay a dime to pay respects to my son,” said Sally Regenhard, whose firefighter son, Christian, died in the World Trade Center attacks.
“They made . . . a vow that no one would ever be charged for going to the memorial, but money is the bottom line here,” she fumed.
“They’re making money off the people that died. It’s disgusting,” said Jim Riches, a retired FDNY deputy chief who lost his firefighter son, Jimmy, on 9/11.
“The memorial should be free for everybody to pay their respects. You wouldn’t charge money to get into a cemetery.”
The foundation has been funded to the tune of $830 million by a combination of federal grants, and private donations including pennies raised by school children. Naturally the foundation is chaired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg who with his is phobia of trans fats and the second amendment has pretty much adopted a "the public be damned" attitude on all things ordinary people care about but as chair he is responsible for the extravagant salaries. Of the 12 directors, 10 made more than $200,000 in 2011. Foundation CEO Joe Daniels pulled down $336,224 in salary and benefits, and Museum Director Alice Greenwald made $351,171, tax filings show. One former employee, Joan Gerner, got a $300,000 severance after leaving the foundation — on top of her $439,463 salary.
In spite of all the largess it already received the foundation wants an annual stipend of $20 million from the National Park Service. For what? To compete with Disney Land?

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