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The Pittsburgh Opera Honored Gov. Tom Corbett. Should They Have Judged Him Instead?

05/17/2012 08:47 pm ET | Updated May 18, 2012

Last week, the Pittsburgh Opera became the center of a local firestorm for their decision to honor Gov. Tom Corbett and his wife for their service to the opera. In a blog post that went unexpectedly viral, University of Pittsburgh fellow Jessie Ramey held up the governor's record of cutting education funding as reason to disqualify him from any honorifics, especially those in the field of the arts, where his actions, she said, could have lasting damage.

Ramey reposted her piece on our site, and the reaction from HuffPost Culture readers was phenomenal. This was clearly a local story with universal resonance, centered around a simple, provocative question: should arts organizations judge their benefactors?

Well, we want to know what you think. We recast the question of the Pittsburgh Opera's decision into a debate, the latest in our "Change My Mind" series. To participate, click through the steps below, read both sides, and let us know if you changed your mind. As always, share your thoughts in the comments.

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