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Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 21, 2009 at 4:00 PM

The Qwest for Apple Cup

Chris Joseph Taylor / The Seattle Times

Washington wide receiver D’Andre Goodwin dives for some extra yards as he is tackled by a Washington State player during the first half of last year’s Apple Cup at Martin Stadium.

Consider impact on fans with limited assets

Editor, The Times:

Ryan Blethen’s commentary on moving the Apple Cup to Qwest Field was right on [“Apple Cup not about a ‘Qwest’ for money,” Opinion, editorial notebook, April 21].

My only addition would be to add the impact to hundreds, if not thousands, of loyal Coug fans in the Palouse who, if they had limited financial or physical assets, would never see another Apple Cup if unable to travel to Seattle in the winter.

— Ed Hall, Bellevue

Other options to fund Husky renovation?

For months I have read and listened to countless WSU alumni object to the concept of allowing the city of Seattle to raise tax money for the renovation of Husky Stadium. Imagine my shock, then, when I read unabashed Coug fan and Seattle Times heir Ryan Blethen’s editorial notebook opposing moving the Apple Cup to Qwest Field, a move that would generate $4 million a year for the two schools from a private source.

Since the concept of using private-party money to help fund the infrastructure costs of an otherwise entirely self-sustaining Husky athletic program is apparently unappealing to Blethen, what legitimate option does he support?

Does Blethen favor using state-generated tax dollars to renovate Husky Stadium, as was done for WSU’s Bohler addition, the Hollingberry renovation or countless other athletic projects on WSU’s campus?

Or does he support a long-term athletic subsidy for UW, such as the $1-2 million used to prop up WSU athletics each year for at least the past 20 years?

Or does Blethen favor using locally generated funds, as has been suggested by the task force examining the acute need for renovating Husky Stadium?

The only thing clear after reading this particular editorial notebook is that the allegiance of our one remaining print newspaper continues to be anti-UW and pro-WSU. Yes, the Blethen family are “proud Cougs” and yes, The Seattle Times is a not-so-neutral newspaper.

— Howard Mawhinney, Bellevue

All for money and beer

I believe that Husky Stadium and Qwest Field are about the same size. Unless ticket prices rise astronomically, the “gate” should be about the same. It doesn’t seem like TV revenues would be any more than before.

Husky Stadium is the more beautiful setting. The only difference that I can see is beer and concessions. An extra million each, just because beer could be served? Any other plausible explanations?

— Steven J. Albright, Seattle

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