Arena ordeal distracts city officials
Why is it that Sonics fans insist on stealing our elected officials away from their public duties to promote a private enterprise [“Sonics fans, give your heart a break,” Opinion, May 9]?
Mayors and City Council members are elected to keep the city running, to promote the common good — from the mundane, like street repair, to the far-reaching, like schools. These public programs require full-time attention.
When I see the mayor or a council member working toward the interest of a business — professional basketball — by promoting Chris Hansen’s arena proposal or any other private enterprise, I wonder about his or her commitment to the majority of the electorate.
Tom Ballard, Seattle