August 22, 2013 at 7:02 AM
Chris Hansen arena scandal
The Golden Rule
So Chris Hansen backed a public vote on an arena deal for Sacramento? [“Hansen’s Calif. donation may hurt his NBA hopes,” page one, Aug. 17.]
Sounds like a good idea for his proposed new stadium deal here.
Edward Washington, Kirkland
Response is telling
More often than not, incidents like “Hansengate” tell me more about the people reacting to the events than the perpetrator. [“Hansen fans, foes differ over misstep,” page one, Aug. 18.]
[Seattle City Councilmember] Bruce Harrell was quoted saying “we knew this was a business deal and we knew that for Hansen it was a profit-making enterprise. He’s a very likable, very approachable guy, but he did not amass his fortune being a nice guy.”
There is so much wrong with this statement that I don’t know where to begin.
How many times have we heard that the best con artists are the ones who were “just like my son”? This has nothing to do about being nice or playing hardball. It’s about knowingly and systematically breaking the law.
I voted for Harrell — thanks, Seattle, for being ahead of me on this one.
Paul Casey, Seattle
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