The Herald continues to fall short in its coverage of the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center. Its May 1 editorial stated that "previous leadership turned some people sour" and "the damage was already done" as the reason major donors withdrew $500,000 in pledges.
At the same time, new management was credited for a $1,000,000 pledge. The Herald can't have it both ways. By May 1, Lisa Toomey had been Reach director for four months. Donors would be looking forward, not backward, to her predecessor Kimberly Camp.
The continuing unreported story with the Reach is the waste of time and resources to build on Columbia Point South long before Camp came on the scene. She came into a difficult situation and guided the project to ground breaking on a new site during her management.
Completing the next phase will be harder as Toomey faces an attitude and situation best summarized by Richland Councilman Phil Lemley as, "Richland is not the place to build a world-class facility." Museums are not buildings, they are legacies. Donors have a choice of legacies.
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Karl Pitts, Richland