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Slavery Museum would benefit from more robust dialogue with the public, and this newspaper
T HE SILVER COS., in the person of Vice President Chris
If Mr. Wilder and associates are inclined to take Mr. Hornung's counsel, here is one way to implement it: Return the phone calls of reporters from the region's predominant news source--i.e., us. This is merely a practical suggestion. If museum officials believe they can communicate as fully and effectively with Fredericksburg residents via frequent City Council appearances, direct mail, or town crier, fine. What's important is that the people of this town be kept well informed about a potentially seismic community change.
These are the people whose tax dollars funded a million-dollar loan to improve the museum site, who were asked to forgo $30,000 in public-treasury fees for museum construction, and whose built environment, codified in structural height standards, the museum now seeks to vary. They deserve the decency of dialogue. Sunshine and troubled waters seldom coexist.