Re "Mogul, seeking to scuttle arena deal, embarrasses Seattle" (Editorials, Aug. 17): and "City gives Kings some leverage on arena land" (Editorials, Aug. 16): The editorial board assumes that with the secret of who funded the petition drive out, residents will not sign it. Why not? A petition to vote on spending so much city money is good, regardless of why someone chose to help pay for it. I would be proud to sign now had I not already done so.
The board also describes the forced sale of land for the arena "clearly a proper use" of eminent domain that "would serve a public purpose that far outweighs any private gain." Really? The "whales" and Kings could expect private gain. Benefits to the city to offset its lost revenues and assets are at best speculative. And why have the city fathers so doggedly denied us a vote on how the city will pay for the arena? I believe they doubt a vote would support their funding plan.
-- Miles D. Wichelns, Sacramento