I represented several high-end furniture lines to the interior design trade for more than 30 years. One of the companies I represented, Kittinger Furniture, made the conference table for the Cabinet Room of the White House.
The amount of $31,651 for a quality dining table, breakfront, sideboard and 10 chairs ordered for the office of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is actually a bargain [“Carson furnishes criticism in D.C.,” Editorial, March 2]. Some of my competitors sold the table only for far more than $31,000.
Many of our government buildings are furnished with priceless antiques purchased from highly skilled craftsmen over the centuries.
While there is plenty of waste in our government, this furniture purchase is actually an example of prudent spending. Heirloom-quality furniture is built to last several lifetimes, and it winds up costing less than disposable furniture which, at best, lasts about five to 10 years.
James Clark, Syosset