Stadium naysayer needs reality check
The op-ed piece questioning the Gwinnett County administration’s fiscal stance in building a minor-league baseball stadium with public funds is one of the best examples of ivory tower academia passing for expertise (“Braves stadium deal taxes fiscal realities,”).
Those of us who have run businesses understand the value of such a venture in creating a small-business ripple effect that will generate a tax-revenue stream to the benefit of all. It wasn’t so long ago that the same kind of naysaying surrounded construction of the now hugely successful Gwinnett Center and Arena. In other words, a classroom construct doesn’t approach the real world.
AVRUM FINE, Lawrenceville
It’s hard to be a naysayer when you make your case using the other side’s most-optimistic estimates and the projected revenue still covers only half of the projected cost. And if the Arena at Gwinnett is such a success, why were two-thirds of its construction costs funded through hotel taxes? When you throw out a gigantic subsidy and the interest on the debt, it is not difficult to make something look profitable. Of course, it’s easy to get away with this when the local paper does nothing but run puff pieces that spew their own representative’s propaganda (here, here, and here).