Be careful how you label arena groups

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Re "Weasels infest city's arena deal" (Marcos Breton, Jan. 12): The Bee and others do Sacramento citizens a disservice by incorrectly labeling them as either "pro-arena" or "anti-arena" voters. Most citizens who signed the "anti-arena" petitions do not object to an arena being built, or jobs being created, or the downtown area being improved. What they oppose is the use of public funds to subsidize this particular private enterprise. In Charlotte, the football stadium that houses the Carolina Panthers is a privately funded facility. If there is such a popular and lucrative following for the Kings, then why does Sacramento need to spend taxpayer money and give away city land to private developers? Stop dividing Sacramento citizens into pro-arena and anti-arena camps. Call those who oppose public funding of a Kings arena either "anti-public funding" or "pro-responsible tax use" citizens.

-- Steev Schmidt, Sacramento

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