When I express an opinion here, readers who disagree with my take are free and welcome to engage me in the comments below.Ã‚Â UsuallyÃ‚Â a conversation ensues causing me to defend my position. Ã‚Â It happens all the time.
When the N&R’s editorial department expresses an opinion in print, readers who disagree write letters and ‘counterpoint’ pieces that get published, sometimes, and then… nothing.Ã‚Â Conversation stops and the N&R’s editorial writers move on to the next thing, never having the opportunity to defend their opinion.Ã‚Â Well, I’m here to help them out.
Much has been written about the N&R’s non-endorsement of the $5.5M bond to renovate War Memorial Stadium.Ã‚Â Some have called them hypocritical.Ã‚Â I have suggested they appear to beÃ‚Â illogical naysayers.Ã‚Â Others promisebreakers.Ã‚Â A piece in yesterday’s paper suggests that they simply don’t understand the issue very well.
During the baseball debates of 2003,Ã‚Â you, collectively,Ã‚Â were of the opinion that WMS should be and would be taken care of once the new downtown stadium was built.Ã‚Â You, collectively, supported the new stadium factions who said the old stadium will be preserved and improved to become “N.C.’s premier amateur baseball venue” and intimated that opinions and fearsÃ‚Â to the contrary were unfounded.
Now, after a group of citizens (from both sides of the 2003 stadium debate)Ã‚Â got together at the behest of city councilÃ‚Â and developed a renovation plan for WMS and got the measure placed on the ballot, you are urging voters to reject the measure.
What changed yourÃ‚Â minds?Ã‚Â One at a time, please.