Editorial: Good Words for Museum
Press Release: Martinsville Bulletin
Sunday, September 21, 2008
State Secretary of Natural Resources Preston Bryant had reassuring words last week on the importance of the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville to Gov. Tim Kaine's priorities.
Secretary Bryant said Thursday that Gov. Kaine is pushing to improve the environment throughout the state, and the museum is "front and center" in that effort since it focuses on nature and the environment.
It remains to be seen whether that will translate into smaller budget cuts for the museum. All state agencies, including the museum, are preparing plans for cutting operating costs as requested by the governor because of declining state revenues. No one can expect it to be fully spared from the budget ax.
But the secretary's words must be music to the ears of VMNH officials who have fought for decades to keep the museum going and then to get its new facility built and operating.