Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tax to biuld a new spring training facility

OK, first of all, I am by no means against attracting any sort of professional team to Tucson. I would LOVE to have a Tucson-based NFL team here (can you say Marana Lions?) But to me this is too little, too late... We have already lost the Sox. We will most likely lose the D-backs, and I am sure the Rockies will pull up stakes and move on with them. What worries me, is that once again, more than likely we will spend umpteen amounts of money on yet another baseball stadium. 
Located in the worst place ever. 
That is difficult to get to... 
I mean, come on, get off the freeway, go over the overpass, follow the road 180 degrees, to make a left (because if you don't you are back on the freeway again) to get to the stadium.  And have fun getting back on the freeway - just to drive 15 minutes, get off at your exit, and spend 1 hour on surface streets. Oh, and if you miss the freeway, better break out the bullet-proof vests, lock the doors, and don't make eye contact...
Oh, and don't forget that building new would also mean abandoning some absolutely fabulous facilities in the process...
I guess my beef is more along the lines of not being against spending more tax money to attract the 'professional sporting event'... it's more that time and time again, we have been shown that the Tucson City Council and the Pima County Supervisors just do not have what it takes to do it right the first time. If we had, this would be a conversation about attracting a professional football/basketball team to COMPLIMENT the professional baseball team that calls Tucson home. Oh, and the NASCAR 2.5 mile Superspeedway. (a man can dream, can't he?)

 ***Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.***
Peter Schmugge

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