Ark Encounter CEO Ken Ham’s June 12 commentary on the park’s economic impact makes some good points. Where he misses the boat is his failure to recognize that an enterprise dedicated to the proposition that dinosaurs were saved from extinction by herding them onto a gigantic wooden boat makes Kentucky and its people look pretty darn silly. You can almost hear the snickering along Interstate 75 at Williamstown.
In an information age, we have to appeal to the best and brightest. I wonder how many out-of-state entrepreneurs have immediately rejected Kentucky as a potential location because of our reputation?
We can enhance tourism by more fully embracing our rich Kentucky culture: our friendly people, our folk art, our bluegrass and mountain music, our horses and coal-mining history, and the beauty of our mountains, lakes and rivers. We can do all this without making ourselves look silly.