Re "Public vote on arena? Unneeded, but it could help settle the issue" (Editorials, Sept. 29): Whether to react to the editorial board's arena editorial with amusement or dismay is the question. The board is comprised of sophisticated people who have an unrealistic view of how "representative" government has morphed in a world of big egos, money, special interests and corporate influence.
To think our elected officials will consistently ignore those influences and "act in the public interest" is naive. There are many reasons to challenge the pledge of a quarter million dollars to create a playpen for million-dollar basketball players who work in a monopolistic league comprised of billionaire owners.
Elected officials are often attracted to bright-and-shiny promised developments for the wrong reasons. Maybe the "public interest" is not best served by "monetizing" (i.e., pledging our future parking revenue stream) for a truckload of money today to build something that the Kings owners and the NBA can provide for themselves.
-- Gregory Ptucha, Sacrameno