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August 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM

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Proposed NBA/NHL arena in Sodo District

Repeated and slanted cheerleading

As a journalism teacher for 23 years, The Times’ editorial board continues to amaze. The letter to the editor by Paul Niebanck [“We can take it from here,” Northwest Voices,, Aug. 15] rightly criticizes The Times’ repeated and slanted cheerleading against the arena without using facts.

Meanwhile, the headline for his letter reads, “Proposed arena draws negativity from Port of Seattle, community members,” which is the opposite of what is said in the letter, and the Port of Seattle is not even mentioned. A more generic and accurate headline would read, “Seattle Times’ arena coverage draws call of bias from community members.”

— Jay Holzman, Seattle

Why are we just now addressing the issue?

Kudos to The Seattle Times for succinctly laying out in its editorial all the various competing interests of the Sodo arena issue [“Rightful skepticism of Sodo arena deal,” editorial, Opinion, Aug. 13].

It seems to me that the powers that be, whether they’re at the city, county or state level, have really dropped the ball on this one. With all the problems that The Times recaps in the editorial — traffic, pedestrians and Port issues in particular — one has to wonder why this location was ever zoned for a “stadium district.” And when they did zone for it, why hasn’t there been any effort over the years since then to deal with these issues so that when a prospective builder comes in and wants to shower us with his largesse, the city isn’t ready to respond in a timely fashion?

Chris Hansen said he needed an answer in June, and now has moved his deadline. The infrastructure issues should have been dealt with years ago, and the only thing that should have needed to be debated now is the financial deal he’s offering.

You don’t put up a sign reading “Welcome! We Want Your Business,” and then fumble around like the Keystone Kops when someone accepts your invitation.

— Ira Seigel, Bainbridge Island

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Hamsun- I thought your post was a response to mine. My apologies if I was wrong. ... MORE
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