Gov. Ernie Fletcher's plan to use history to attract big bucks tourism is underachieving, if not downright inept. His recent firing of highly qualified staff at The Kentucky History Center reduces a world class asset into a miserly attraction selling admission tickets.
It was a fired key staffer who produced a half a million dollars in state investment, no thanks to Fletcher. This writer relocated a successful Internet publishing business to Kentucky. That business also produces cultural events and invests in preserving historic property. The attraction was the considerable resources of the center and its highly knowledgeable staff.
This business now has ceased investment in Kentucky. That superior support, which this business counted upon, is now gone, replaced by entry level staff - low paid, with no product knowledge, intent only on collecting fees.