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I visited the City Museum for the first time and saw less than half the exhibits. I’ll return to see more—I enjoyed the museum.

However, from what I read in your story (“Local Zeroes,” 10/24), it seems that the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., grossly overestimated its appeal and underestimated its financial burdens.

But I think it is terribly uncivic and irresponsible for the society to expect the city government to come up with ancillary funding. Don’t they realize that such dollars would be removed from dedicated services such as education, transportation, infrastructure maintenance, and public safety? (We can forgo a baseball stadium.)

Charles Atherton, have you no shame?