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November 22, 2008 at 3:56 PM

Stadium Apple Cup

Penalty for nonsense

The Bob Condotta and Bud Withers story about Husky and Cougar stadium fundraising, combined with the nice Rich Boudet illustration, represents a good start in the discussion [“Banking on wins, losing on losses,” Sports, Nov. 21].

But it would be more appropriate if the Husky purple piggy bank shown in the illustration had $150 million sticking out of it, since this is the amount the University of Washington wants in tax dollars for their stadium. And the small pile of Cougar coins should be in a tin cup, since it is clear that the Cougars are getting pressure from UW not to disrupt the Husky tax-dollar stadium-funding plan.

It is ironic that, during a recession, the Pac-10 Cougars are planning to pay for their stadium improvements through alumni and student support, with no tax dollars, while during the same recession, the Pac-10 Huskies, with a $2.6 billion endowment, and the highest-paid university president in the U.S., are asking the state Legislature to pay for their stadium.

Someone needs to call a penalty on this nonsense.

— Mark Ufkes, White Center

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