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Larry Russell Johnson

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

I read the July 31, 2019, letter to the editor from Jason Hull in the News Tribune: “State should not spend money to repair MSP.”

I understand that the state gave MSP to City of Jefferson as a tourist site maintained by tourist dollars. It is clear that the Capital Improvement Long-Range Plan for MSP is a falsehood, and I do agree with Mr. Hull that tourism will decrease to Jefferson City if MSP is not repaired. As far as the other great places to see in Jefferson City, all are maintained by taxpayers.

I’ll come bluntly to the point: Regarding the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, and the numerous historical records and artifacts under their control are stored in costly climate-controlled warehouses and rotating the artifacts every five years at taxpayers expense.

Fundamental transformation of America is to attack and destroy the very institutions that have made America the great nation it is. That includes America’s history. They wish to do more than create a new political order, and insist that the only way for the U.S. to move forward is by entirely erasing the past. MSP is the oldest penitentiary west of the Mississippi.

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