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Monday, January 07, 2008

Artist endorses zoo levy

An internationally-known Cincinnati wildlife artist is endorsing the March 4 levy for the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

John A. Ruthven called the zoo a “world-class family attraction” that has “been in the forefront of conservation and breeding of endangered animals. I am pleased to add my voice to the many people who will vote ‘yes,’” he said.

Ruthven, a Walnut Hills native, is also a naturalist, author and lecturer. The zoo is seeking a 0.46 renewal levy to pay for animal care and maintenance of the zoo’s buildings. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $9.44 a year, $1.78 more than they pay now.

Thane Maynard, zoo director called Ruthven a "great friend of the zoo and wildlife conservation."

“We especially value and appreciate John Ruthven’s endorsement and support," he said. "We know the voters of Hamilton County appreciate John Ruthven as a treasure of this community and are confident they will appreciate his support for the Zoo.”


14 Comments:

at 10:03 AM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Not only are we promising to reduce our dependency on public monies, but we're going to do it,'' says Gregg Hudson, the zoo's chief executive officer. "In a period of time when everybody else is asking for more and philanthropic dollars are less, we made a commitment and we're fulfilling that. It is a reduction, and it is an important first step.''

September 2003

 
at 10:36 AM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Ruthven pay taxes in Cincinnati?

 
at 12:48 PM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous rms said...

Not one more dime.
Not ONE more dime.
Do what the rest of us are doing: cut, slash and live within a budget.
We all have short-falls.

I am so weary of every quasi-beauracracy coming to the well, over and over and over...

Thane, there are just so many things we can support. It is not an endless and bottomless pit.

So, for the zoo?
Not another dime.

 
at 12:56 PM, January 08, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

"Does Ruthven pay taxes in Cincinnati?

10:36 AM, January 08, 2008"

Brown co.

 
at 1:22 PM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous L Ron Algore said...

A little off the subject, but
a new menace to the planet has been discovered and validated by a consensus of politically reliable scientists: Anthropogenic Continental Drift (ACD) will result in catastrophic damage and untold suffering, unless immediate indemnity payments from the United Sates, Europe, and Australia be made to the governments of non-industrial nations, to counteract this man-made threat to the world's habitats.

 
at 3:22 PM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The zoo has an economic impact of $129 million dollars a year. Spending an extra $2 a year to support this institution is the right move. The amount we are talking about here is half a cup of Starbucks.

 
at 4:49 PM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous aunt marge said...

I thought I left you plenty,Honey!

 
at 4:53 PM, January 08, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

I have no desire to support or visit your animal prison until the RINO pen for George Vincent and his cronies have been finalized.

 
at 5:12 PM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Low income families cannot afford the cost of admission to the Cincinnati Zoo.

Middle income families and high income families can afford the cost of admission to the Cincinnati Zoo.

Lets all pay more taxes so that middle income families and high income families can happily enjoy their visits to the Cincinnati Zoo.

 
at 5:19 PM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I finally agree with the Usefullidiot. Wow... and I am a Conservative

 
at 5:46 PM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Zoo (or any zoo that is affiliated with the professional organization of zoos and aquariums) is not just there for "entertainment". It is there for species preservation. Programs such as rhino breeding and CREW are there for preservation of species. And not just animal, but also plant.

If you honestly care about the future of anything other than humans (and humans, too, in the long run) you'll support the zoo levy.

And, btw - if you volunteer at the zoo, you don't have to pay admission. And you can volunteer as young as age 12. I did for many years, and my son is going on his 5th summer there.

 
at 6:42 PM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

.
"... Anonymous said..I finally agree with the Usefullidiot. wow... and I am a Conservative 5:19 PM, January 08, 2008.."

Ditto, and we are moderate !

Vincent has done more for the DINO's than he has done for the wRong wingnut whacko party !


.

 
at 6:58 PM, January 08, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

"The Zoo (or any zoo that is affiliated with the professional organization of zoos and aquariums) is not just there for "entertainment".

It’s a pity you weren’t around a few years ago……..maybe we would still have a T Rex or two stomping cars.

 
at 9:36 PM, January 08, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for Ruthven! The Zoo brings positive attention to Cincinnati all the time ... all over the world. To my fellow GOPers this is something our elected officials have miserably failed to do!! Remember Taft?

 
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