Do the math The city of Seattle has been corrupted in such a way that it has allowed hedge-fund guy Chris Hansen to pay for an economic-impact evaluation of his arena proposal, thereby assuring the sort of objective research expected of paid advocates like lawyers or public relations people. [“Editorial: Make Hansen fund arena vote...More
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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…More
Hedging his bets Why the surprise and disappointment with Chris Hansen’s anonymous contribution to a petition campaign to put Sacramento’s new arena to a vote? [“Hansen fans, foes differ over misstep,” page one, Aug. 18.] After all, he is a hedge-fund manager. He was just hedging his bets. David Gacek, Seattle Unforgivable I am writing about Jerry Brewer’s column…More
‘Don’t care’ attitude not surprising It should hardly have been a surprise to King County citizens that two-thirds of Stuart Elway poll responders indicated a definite ho-hum about the NBA’s Sacramento Kings remaining in that city [“King County residents shrug about NBA rejection,” NWWednesday, June 5]. Reasons for the “don’t care” attitude should have included the…More
If you want more stadiums, move to L.A. Based on my reading of The Seattle Times, it seems that the National Basketball Association deal was Seattle versus Sacramento, and Seattle lost, at least for now [“Deflated but no surrender,” page one, April 30]. Where was my voice, the one that cheered when we lost the bid…More
Kings staying in Sacramento is a relief For those of us whose lives do not revolve around professional basketball, the decision by the National Basketball Association to leave the Sacramento team in Sacramento is a wonderful gift [“Deflated but no surrender,” page one, April 30].The vast majority of the citizens of Seattle who cannot afford the…More
Seattle shouldn’t forget about alternate arena locations I find it interesting that I keep reading in The Seattle Times about another “latest revision” to a planned arena in the Sodo District [“Remaking Sodo,” page one, April 22].I am concerned that I have yet to read even the location of the “other sites” that are supposed to…More