June 17, 2005
What chance does the stadium bill have to pass during this special session?
If you have been wondering let me assure you that I have definitely been paying attention to all the stadium news coming out of the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune lately. My problem is that every time I try to write about it I end up getting so disgusted both with myself and the situation that I stop. I read about the Hines group and how they are now in charge of the Rapid Park development, and more importantly how they don't care if a stadium is built or not. I read Nick Coleman's vitrolic diatribe against the stadium using all the same idiotic anti-stadium arguments that I've read so many times before. Truth be told, I was so angry about Coleman's column that I actually wrote a response to it. It is sitting in draft mode on this site, but will probably never see the light of day. And, of course, I read the tepid and conditional support the Minneapolis City Council is giving to the stadium plan. Actually, I read it last night, after which I seriously couldn't sleep as I planned my attack against this outrageous stupidity. How could the very city that this stadium will reside in be so wishy-washy? It boggles my mind.
Every time I sit down to finish a post off about any of this, though, I just plain fall flat. I still believe passionately about the benefits a new stadium, and of course keeping the Twins, would have on our community, but deep down inside I am steeling myself for the inevitable. The anti-stadium crowd, with their twin arguments of "this money should go to education" and "no corporate welfare for billionaires," have again vanquished any hope I have of seeing outdoor baseball in this God-forsaken state any time soon. Couple this with the state budget fiasco, the fact that Sviggum's support is hanging by a thread, the apathy of your average Twins fan, this horribly rainy weather we've been having ... it all spells doom and depression for your's truly.
Back to the question at hand. Do I think the Hennepin County plan has a shot in this legislative session? Is there still a chance? Yes. But it is slim and with every passing day of the budget impasse it is getting slimmer. Too slim, actually, for me to have much hope.
And to all the anti-stadium people I have just one thing to say: I hope you are right. I sincerely hope we can keep saying "no" and still expect to keep the Twins.
Posted by snackeru at June 17, 2005 11:41 AM | Stadiums
While I am far from a political/historical scholar, I have never seen two political parties at each other's throats as much as I have seen in Minnesota in the last several years. It seems as though the best interests of the people have been pushed to background. Usually these type of antics are seen in Washington, not St. Paul. I just hope they get it figured out soon; I would hate for anyone to be laid off. I would also hate for this legislative session to finish without the Twins stadium bill being voted on.
Curt in Grand Forks
PS--By comparasion, the ND legislature meets only every other year, and almost always has things wrapped up in less than four months.
Posted by: Curt Hanson at June 17, 2005 1:21 PM
"PS--By comparasion, the ND legislature meets only every other year, and almost always has things wrapped up in less than four months."
Curt: This one is too easy. I'm taking the high-road today ;)
Posted by: Brian Maas at June 17, 2005 2:23 PM
COD: No need to take the high road. Rip away!! I'm not native to this state, so I will not take offense at anything you might say. Based on the tenor of your recent ND-related post, I imagine that you would have a lot to say!
Curt in Grand Forks (but formerly of Todd County, Minnesota)
Posted by: Curt Hanson at June 17, 2005 3:20 PM