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Saturday, May 13, 2006


Finally, there are poll results that show just how strongly Minnesotans are against public money for stadiums. A new Minnesota Poll shows that two-thirds of people polled are against new stadiums. Less than one third of people think that the Twins or Gophers need a new stadium; the number drops to less than one in four for a Vikings stadium.

What really makes me toss my cookies, though, is Steve Sviggum's quote. He said that "sometimes in life it takes leadership" to take action that may counter results of a poll. Excuse me? Passing the civil rights bills in the 1960s took leadership. Voting against enshrining bigotry in the state's constitution takes leadership. Giving a billion dollars of taxpayer money to billionaires when the people who pay those taxes want it spent elsewhere does not take "leadership." It means you are bought and paid for.

It is disgusting that Sviggum would imply that voting for a stadium is something that takes courage.


At 8:53 PM, May 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Courage would be for Sviggum to support a statewide sales tax increase to pay for sports stadiums, since the Twins, Vikings and Gophers are such an asset to the entire state.

Or not.


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