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The New Arena - All or (Practically) Nothing

(2/7/06)

By now, most people know I favor building a new downtown arena. Many others disagree.

Public debate is fine. But far too many of those who oppose the arena do so believing that any money we don't spend on it will automatically be spent on other projects or causes they favor in our community. And these people are simply fooling themselves.

Believe me: If the state legislature fails to approve Governor Fletcher's 75 million dollar arena bond proposal, those dollars will NOT magically appear in other Jefferson County budgets. Instead, the interests of the state's most populous and prosperous county will again take a back seat to the wish lists of communities from Ashland to Paducah, where the citizens - and their elected representatives -- learned long ago not to look a gift horse in the mouth.

Ironically, far too many of our local state representatives can't comprehend the clear economic benefits of such a facility, even when they're obvious to many of their more rural colleagues. And I'm guessing it's because the only kind of power they understand is the power to say "no."

So here's my message to the local nay-sayers: If you really want to think of yourselves as leaders, remember - leadership implies movement. And if you're only interested in standing still, then at least do the rest of us a favor and get out of the way.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.

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