Re "Mayor needs a buzzer beater" (Page A1, Jan. 22): In its pursuit of the Kings, the city of Sacramento reminds me of a pathetic teenaged girl who comes back to her philandering boyfriend time after time, thereby destroying her self-respect.
Mayor Kevin Johnson has to get past his outdated 20th century view that a city needs a professional athletic team to be a great city. Just look at Paris. In this age, the greatness of a city is measured by its quality of life: the excellence of its schools, the quality of its restaurants and theaters and parks, the livability of its neighborhoods, and the diversity of its culture.
Sacramento has many of these. We can have more if we devote our public resources to the right things and not to some sports arena which will charge exorbitant ticket prices and which will have the net effect of making already rich team owners richer.
-- Rick Sims, Sacramento
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