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Letters: Ballpark proposal stirs readers’ emotions

Peggy Rudd and her husband Bill Gaut pass out flyers and talk with residents about their opposition to the proposed new ballpark for the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Friday, August 12, 2016.
Peggy Rudd and her husband Bill Gaut pass out flyers and talk with residents about their opposition to the proposed new ballpark for the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Friday, August 12, 2016. rmallison@star-telegram.com

I was on the board of the Arlington Sports Authority that built The Ballpark in Arlington, now Globe Life Park.

All of the projections provided for the board’s decision-making regarding cost, impact and revenue were met on cost and impact and exceeded on revenue.

Arlington residents and leaders have always been willing to change with the times, and the time has come for another change.

All of the projections for a new Rangers stadium have been presented, and from past experience will prove to be the right change for Arlington’s future.

I support passing the bond issue. Arlington will again prove that taking bold, calculated and well-planned actions will ensure our city’s continued economic health.

Tom Cravens, former chairman and president, Arlington Chamber of

Commerce, Arlington

 

Oh sure, it’s nice we get a $77 million boost every year for the Arlington economy and that voting for the stadium will not increase our taxes and that visitors actually pay the majority of the cost, which in total greatly improves our roads, public safety and parks to create a far better quality of life.

But all of that’s easily offset by my dream for the half-cent tax to end a little sooner rather than later.

I cannot afford the 16 cents per day ($60 a year) for a better Arlington.

Patrick Jenkins, Arlington

 

With elementary-aged kids, our family looks forward to comfortably watching baseball in the summer, and a new air-conditioned, retractable-roof ballpark will provide a better fan experience during the brutal summer heat, especially for our kids and elderly.

The new ballpark will also be there to host other events 365 days a year.

We absolutely cannot afford to lose the Rangers. The Rangers are huge supporters of our non-profits and schools.

When you look at the investment and see that over half is paid by out-of-town individuals who are here to enjoy our entertainment district, it absolutely makes sense that a yes vote on Nov. 8 is a vote for the future of Arlington.

Gara Hill, Arlington

 

If Arlington is so concerned about losing the Texas Rangers, why don’t they take the millions of dollars to just buy the team?

Then they don’t have to build a new stadium and can enjoy the profits the team makes with no worry about it moving.

Regardless of how the vote goes, Arlington residents should get free parking and discounted tickets.

Wally Martin, Arlington

 

Vote no for now.

Arlington needs to step back and negotiate a better deal with the billionaire owners of the Rangers.

I want to keep the Rangers in Arlington, but this is a one-sided deal giving away important revenues to the billionaire owners. A 50 percent stadium partner should be getting more of the stadium-generated revenues.

Arlington gives away the 10 percent ticket tax and $3 parking tax.

Arlington gets no commitment of the billionaire owners to develop the entertainment area around the new stadium.

We have time to negotiate these revenues to get a better deal for Arlington. Vote no for now until we get a better deal.

Mark Boone, Arlington

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