Pompeii's Second Destruction - Newsweek
It seems even people who know and supervise the site can't agree on whether it's in danger. Really? The country spends almost no money to keep it up, buildings are crumbling, and yet there is disagreement? The only thing I think we can disagree on is whether the responsibility is solely Italy's (after all, they keep the proceeds from the tourism) or whether it is the responsibility of the entire world (shared human cultural patrimony, etc.). Either way, somebody's gonna have to come up with some cash. Corporate sponsorship seems a last resort--and in uncertain economic times, an unreliable one. See earlier posts of the shoe magnate who is going to sponsor the Colosseum repairs--admirable, but not really ideal.