Dear Editor: It still amazes me how people around here want to use the Koch brothers as the standard of all that is evil in society today. The letter that appeared recently, calling out the spending habits of the Kochs as opposed to the Frautschi/Rowlands or Morgridges (those folks have done admirable things for our community — thank you!) missed out on an opportunity to show how wealthy people across the entire nation support great nonpolitical causes.
The Koch brothers have spent hundreds of millions supporting medical research (David Koch is a prostate cancer survivor), higher education and science (being major donors to the Smithsonian and American Museum of Natural History), the fine arts (over $150 million to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Lincoln Center).
And yes, there are political expenditures as well, but I also note the letter writer failed to mention the mega-rich on the left who spend enormous amount of money on political issues as well (Michael Bloomberg, George Soros and others).
How about we focus on saying thank you to those people who spend large parts of their fortunes for the support of our communities and leave it at that? Politics would survive without their money, but many of these fine institutions would not.