LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Viking Stadium renovation a waste of taxpayer money
Tony Gooding proposes that renovating Viking Stadium will be good for our community. I disagree due to the fact that this will cost taxpayer dollars we simply do not have. How many teachers have lost jobs, how many classrooms need supplies they cannot afford? You claim that this renovation will help the education of the children – I fail to see how a stadium helps with education. I thought programs like math, science and history is where education comes from. I realize there are parents that want their kids to play sports, but why as a taxpayer should I pay for it? You go on to claim it will help the town but presented no evidence to support your claim. Do you have a professional or college team that signed a contract or said it would come here if the stadium were built? You claim families will leave if they don’t have these facilities, how many families have done that? I know several have left due to job loss and a poor education system, but I didn’t hear any of them mention sports. Trying to promote something by assuming “build it and they will come” is fine, but is that reality? My suggestion is for the parents, students and coaches to hold fundraisers and solicit funds from these other sources you claim will come here to use it. We have far greater needs such as fixing the education system, more teachers, textbooks, supplies etc. Just today I read about the reduction in for day care assistance, is the stadium more important than that? What about our roads, the hole in the ground near the gondola, our sidewalk and beautification projects? Which projects would actually bring more tourism? I guarantee it’s not the stadium.