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May 14, 2013 at 6:03 AM
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
May 10, 2013 at 7:34 AM
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
May 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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 exorbitant prices to see the games can now celebrate the demise of this latest attempt by the city to gift the uber rich another way to spend their idle time.
Additionally, the thousands of dollars the city was to “loan” the developer will now be available to fund city work that benefits all the citizens. Does anyone really think the city would have gotten that money back?
Soon, the whining by the fanatics (root of the term “fan”) will be over. What a relief that will be.
George Bush, Port Townsend
NBA made the wrong decision
I have really come to despise the National Basketball Association (NBA) for raising their middle finger once again at our region by denying a perfectly legitimate and aboveboard effort to purchase the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle to occupy a brand new state-of-the-art arena [“Deflated but no surrender,” page one, April 30].
These consummately despicable operators who clearly missed the bitter irony of seating integrity-challenged carpetbagger and Sonics thief Clay Bennett — at the head of the relocation committee — have raised prevarication and perfidy to an exquisite art form.
What I don’t get is why the citizens of Sacramento are celebrating. Recent history, as well as the carefully parsed statement from the NBA’s relocation committee, assures us that before too long, fans will be following the Tulsa Kings — Tornadoes? — as they battle the Kingston (Jamaica) Bobcats in the NBA Finals.
David Doyal, Federal Way
Consider building arena on the Eastside
Your editorial suggesting the Sonics be somewhere else in the Puget Sound basin, coupled with Danny Westneat’s notation of “location, location, location,” strikes a chord [“Editorial: Bring Sonics back in different location,” Opinion, May 1].
Consider the Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland triangle. Somewhere in that area there should be a spot for their sports palace. My gut feeling is that more than half of the fans live on the Eastside anyway. It might help the cross-lake traffic, too.
Gerald Morrow, Seattle
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