Ballpark dreams need real money | Oct. 26
Don’t hand bill to taxpayers
It’s time for the players, owners and league to step up to the plate. Taxpayers can no longer afford to fund a $1 billion stadium for sports teams to play a game in which a small percentage of the taxpaying population participates. It’s time for the players and owners, with their multimillion-dollar contracts and salaries, to put up the "real money" for their own stadium. After all, they benefit from taxpayer dollars for their windfall through ticket sales, parking, concessions, sportswear and memorabilia.
It’s time that they support themselves the way the taxpayers have since baseball began.
Ken Gagliano, Clearwater
Public transport lacking
Tampa Bay ballpark dreams don’t need "real money." They need convenient public transport — an easy way to get to the ballgame. Our meager bus services don’t cut it at all. As long as people have to drive everywhere around Tampa Bay, we will always be a second-rate metropolitan area. We can’t keep adding traffic lanes forever.
They can build a world-class stadium, but as long as it is a miserable hassle driving to it, the Rays will play to puny crowds.
Pete Wilford, Holiday
Promising Rays stadium site | Oct. 26, editorial
Site needs more space
The idea of locating a baseball stadium in Ybor City is insane. Anyone who has watched the recent World Series pregame activities has surely been awed by the aerial views over Dodger Stadium. These views showed the parking areas to be at least twice the size of the stadium.
Now imagine a parking lot for an Ybor City baseball stadium. A parking lot with footprint even just twice the size of the imagined stadium would likely affect Adamo Drive, the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Nuccio Parkway, the Sparkman Ybor Channel, the railroad line to Union Station and possibly even historic 7th Avenue through Ybor City and Hillsborough Community College.
Our elected officials need to open their eyes and see more than a home plate, a pitcher’s mound and base lines.
Richard Formica, Tampa
Why the public distrusts Clinton | Oct. 27, letter
Claims don’t hold up
This letter contains claims against Hillary Clinton that Snopes.com has shown to be false. Clinton, as secretary of state, did not participate in the board that reviewed foreign investment in critical resources, such as uranium. State was represented by Assistant Secretary of State Jose Fernandez, who stated that Clinton "never intervened" in committee matters. Also, the uranium controlled by Uranium One never left the United States and could not as there was no export licence held by the company. Also, the bulk of the $145 million donation ($131 million) to the Clinton Foundation came from one donor, Frank Guistra, who had sold off his entire stake in Uranium One three years before the Russia deal, some 18 months before Clinton became secretary of state.
This letter is an example of continued extreme conservative charges against Clinton that have failed the truth test but continue to be reported by activists without regard to reality or fact checking.
Ian H. MacFarlane, St. Petersburg