Today's letter to the Courier-Journal from Dot Ridings, a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates, raises questions about what such funding would have bought in the first place.
I was startled that Gov. Ernie Fletcher's call for a special legislative session includes a request for $1 million to assist Centre College in its bid to become a site for a 2008 presidential debate. ("Centre vying for presidential debate," July 4).
I hope legislators will carefully consider what that allocation is specifically intended to cover, since I can attest that the only two significant factors in the final choice of sites among the 19 applicants are 1) a venue's production capabilities (which Centre
demonstrated admirably when the 2000 vice-presidential debate was held there)
and 2) security concerns (which have increased enormously since 2000).
If the $1 million is targeted at bells and whistles, it will be money poorly spent.