Friday, March 3, 2017

"Sell the Bierstadts?" Plaintalker March 1, 2017

From today’s Ledger by Jeff Goldman for the Star-Ledger .The boldface and comments in red are mine.

“Plainfield is seeking permission to sell a pair of valuable paintings to fund a program that provides students money for college, according to a report.

The paintings, which hang in the city’s municipal courtroom, are worth several million dollars apiece, said. Key phrase, ‘several million dollars apiece”. What ever happened years ago to the millions the city received when the Sewer Authority was sold? Never had an audited accounting.

Since Dr. J. Ackerman Coles gave Plainfield the paintings as a gift 98 years ago, they are held in a trust, according to the report.

A court must give approval to modify the trust. Plainfield has sent an application to the state Attorney General’s Office seeking approval to make the changes needed to put the artwork on the market, the report said.

I am not aware of any resolution by Council which I believe is necessary under our charter authorizing administration to take such action. Should not public input take place before any action? Shades of the State giving permission to close the Hospital. Yes there were “hearings” but they were just to accommodate the law and were meaningless due to a fait accompli. Even this charade is being ignored. And we complain about Trump!!!!

The two paintings by German American artist Albert Bierstadt are “The Landing of Columbus” and “autumn in the Sierras.”

The program, the Plainfield Promise, would give kindergarten students in the city a bank account to help them start saving for post-secondary education while learning how to manage money, the report said.

As I wrote in my comment to Bernice’s blog about this “sale”. We are no better than the Nazis with their book burnings, The Taliban destroying the Giant Buddhas of Bamiyan , ISIS destroying the antiquities of Palmyra, The Spanish inquisition destroying all written records and religious artifacts of the nations in Central and South America; when we let our governments dispose our historic treasures for money used for political motivated personal enterprises,

We have to resist any attempts by religious organization, private f actions and governments to rewrite history  by eliminating references to the past. 

Addendum 11:47am:
Error in today’s “Clips”
Typo should have read “steal” my interpretation or “sell” which is what Dan intended

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