So much to take issue with in this article. First, just lousy reporting.
I've been a season ticket holder since '08, and I have no idea what
fight song is being quoted there. I am familiar with the 'Believe'
song, however, that the whole stadium sings at the beginning, or when we score,
or just when we want to help boost the team.Even more troubling with
this horrible editorial, however, is the continued misrepresentation via
omission of information. Ever since the question of the stadium was being
fought about in the halls of political gamesmanship, it has been disheartening
to see the continued misinformation that was happily passed about by media, and
opposition forces. The tax fund used to help build the stadium was a specific
tax revenue that by law could only, and I'll repeat since no one else seems
to bother, COULD ONLY be used on funding things that would increase or help
tourism. Since that stadium was built we have had several games that each
brought people from more than 3 dozen states and over a dozen countries to our
state specifically to attend games at Rio Tinto. By any measure, its been a
"Despite their connection to civic pride, sports ought to be able to survive
on their own, as any other business."Well, a lot of big
businesses these days get all kinds of tax incentives, subsidies, tax credits,
or vouchers. I agree with the DesNews that sports ought to survive on their
own, but I would love to see the DesNews take a similar stand on the plethora of
ways that tax dollars flow to private business and special interests at the
expense of other businesses and interests.
I think Kyle Beckerman should run for governor. And keep his hair.