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May 14, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Hansen offers more for Sacramento Kings

Spend money elsewhere

So am I really the only person in Seattle who wonders why Chris Hansen wants to spend more than a half a billion dollars on a basketball team when so many Americans are hungry and/or homeless? [“Hansen ups ante with NBA,” page one, May 11.]

Would someone please introduce him to Bill Gates for a lesson in a social conscience? And yes, I am a basketball fan.

Anita Hidalgo, Seattle

Public should not be asked to contribute

Now that Chris Hansen has upped his offer to the Kings ownership by $100 million, the obvious question is: Why did he have to beg the public to support his personal windmill to the tune of $200 million?

One of his fellow investors, Steve Ballmer, could easily afford to fund a dozen or more arenas. Yet they come, hat in hand, to the public at this financially shaky time.

As Jerry Brewer notes, Hansen’s investment now approaches $1 billion for an entertainment entity that will be accessible only to a privileged few [“What does almost $1 billion buy? No guarantees of NBA in Seattle,” Sports, May 12]. This has all the earmarks of megalomania.

Roberta Scholz, Edmonds

Comments | Topics: basketball, Chris Hansen, Seattle Sonics

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