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August 22, 2013 at 7:02 AM
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
August 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM
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
I am writing about Jerry Brewer’s column this Sunday. [“Sadly, Hansen’s tactics not out of the norm,” Sports, Aug. 18.]
Since when do we exonerate Chris Hansen’s reprehensible behavior simply on the basis that everybody does it?
The last I heard, two wrongs still don’t make a right.
Peggy Scales, Seattle
May 5, 2013 at 7:52 AM
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 for playing roulette with professional basketball teams?
Not even Danny Westneat acknowledged the many people here who don’t want a Los Angeles-style shopping complex or more stadiums clogging our roads.
If Chris Hansen, the mayor and the staff of The Seattle Times want basketball so badly, why can’t you all move to L.A. and leave us to suffer with just two stadiums instead of three or four?
Benjamin Barrett, Seattle
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