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December 5, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Husky Stadium

Dig into your own pockets

The Huskies want to raid taxpayers to pay for their stadium [“Cougar fans nip at request for Husky Stadium funds,” News, Dec. 2]. A group of smart Cougars starts asking why? The publicity embarrasses the Huskies, so state Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, whose district includes the University of Washington, tells them twice in the public hearing they should be “ashamed of themselves.” A wealthy Husky alum, who appears to have enough money to pay for the entire stadium himself, calls them “fools.”

Huskies are using public ridicule in an attempt to embarrass and silence these Cougars so they will quit asking smart questions. In the past, football stadiums have been paid for by donor contributions and user fees. The Cougars are simply pointing out that once taxpayers fund one college football stadium, we had better be prepared to pay for similar football stadiums for other universities in the state as well.

But the bigger issue here does not have a voice. When the state voted and approved public funding for the new Seahawks stadium, taxpayers were promised that these funds would also address the severe shortage of youth soccer, baseball and other play fields. To date, $14 million has been allocated to address this issue, less than 5 percent of the total spending. Now that $150 million is left over, instead of allocating the remaining funding to keep the commitment that we made to our youth, the Huskies are stepping in and trying to take a portion of it. Based on this fact, who should really be “ashamed of themselves”?

— Mark Ufkes, Seattle

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