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TACOMA: Cost of study could fill a lot of potholes

Letter by James D. Field, Tacoma on Dec. 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm with No Comments »
December 28, 2012 5:49 pm

Re: “Dome not suited for pro teams, study says” (TNT, 12-21).

Improbable. Unrealistic. Doubtful. Dubious.

These were the words used by Lewis Kamb in his article highlighting the findings of the $95,000 study regarding the Tacoma Dome’s feasibility as a venue for professional sports.

At a time when so many folks are without work and the city is in rough financial waters, I would like to offer a few words of my own regarding the Tacoma City Council’s decision to fund such a study: It is wasteful.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland, who reportedly pushed for the feasibility study, is quoted as saying: “I do believe it was necessary to dream very big.” Perhaps. But wouldn’t $95,000 have filled a lot of potholes in our streets and perhaps have kept a few laid-off city workers employed?

Oh, well, it was the taxpayers who picked up the tab for this study. No harm, no foul, right?

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