I don't mind them printing anti-Mario or anti-Arena letters, but what really irritates me is when seemingly all of those types of letters have their facts wrong.
How great of a man is he who insists on the poor taxpayers paying for his plaything (hockey)?
The [infrastructure] of Pittsburgh and the needs of the county far outweigh the need for another arena.
Lemieux has campaigned enough for his sport that few people care about.
1: No one is asking for taxpayers' money.
2: The proposal includes a billion-dollar-development in the downtown area.
3: The Pens' attendance is up 34% - the largest increase in the league. A lot of people are buying tickets considering few people care about.
You could also factor in how the county and city are going to make up the taxes generated by the Penguins when they leave town...
It should not surprise me that there are that many people out there that don't understand the basic facts surrounding this issue. The Pens need to take out a full page ad in both papers that hit on the biggest ones like:
-the proposal does NOT include taxpayer funds
-the casino will NOT be owned and operated by the team
-how much money just the presence of the team generates for the area in amusement taxes, etc
-expand that to show the estimates of the money lost to the city/county during the lockout year
Show people that don't have an interest in hockey exactly what the area will lose BESIDES a hockey team. If the city and county lose that revenue, they WILL find a way to make up for it...