MKRA wrote:Not on the issue of a new arena, anyway.
If you make this an issue about Mario deserving an arena or the Pens needing an arena, the argument for an arena is not as strong and won't get the necessary public support. There are too many people who do not care and who do not understand the real issues. (This is why Rendell is making this issue a Penguin issue. He hasn't spoken about this issue once without mentioning the hockey team. He wants to make this issue about the Penguins).
The stronger argument is the City's need for a new civic arena and the one time possibility of having one build free of taxpayer money. And that if built at a later date, an arena WILL require taxpayer money AND won't have a major tenant.
This is all very, very logical. It's no longer Mario who needs to speak. He Has has spoken plenty and it hasn't mattered. It's the PUBLIC who needs to be heard now.
I totally agree.
I never expected Mario to be there, or did I think he should have been. Mario has done all he can, he has spoken out many times, this was about the fans and the local politicians, having their speak.
I am kinda surprised it has been brought up. jmo