Your Letters: Spain's White Elephants; Meatballs

Dec 11, 2011
Originally published on December 11, 2011 9:58 am
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And now it's time for your letters.

Last week, we aired a story by Lauren Frayer about public projects in Spain that have been closed down because of government budget cuts. That includes the Niemeyer Center, an art museum in northern Spain that plans to shut its doors this week.

Joann Flora writes on our website: Whenever a society's economy hits the skids, the first thing to go is its art. When we look back at cultures long gone, we look to its art to define it: textiles, painting, sculpture, crafts and music. A thousand years from now, historians are not going to even remember Spain's economy, but it might document the arts that lived in the Niemeyer, and potentially the structure itself, as definitions of who those Spaniards were. Surely I'm not the only one who finds that odd.

Listener Patricia Ipsen of New Hampton, Iowa, wrote to us about Bonny Wolf's essay on meatballs: Your story on meatballs could not have been more timely. I have guests every Sunday night for supper, usually comfort food. Tonight, we are having penne with homemade tomato sauce from our home-canned tomatoes And meatballs made from bear sausage that a friend gave to me.

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