Coltsí stadium short on horse sense

Written by Kurt St. Angelo

©2005 Libertarian Writers' Bureau

The predominant discussion inrepparttar Indianapolis media overrepparttar 125895 proposed $500 million Colts stadium is how to fund it, not overrepparttar 125896 wisdom and propriety of taxpayers going into debt to build it.

Apparentlyrepparttar 125897 leaders of both major political parties in Indiana have signed off onrepparttar 125898 concept, including a poor building design, and are content to confine their discussion to whoís picking uprepparttar 125899 tab.

Come hell or high water on White River, Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson has vowed not to loserepparttar 125900 Colts during his administration. His plan in part is to raise $13 million annually through higher car rental, innkeeper and admissions taxes in Marion County, as well as with annual gambling profits of $46 million from 2,500 pull-tab gambling machines in downtown Indianapolis.

Regional Republicans have their own plans to fund a new stadium. Rep. Luke Messer of Shelbyville proposes giving Indianapolis $30 million in annual revenue from 2,500 slot machines atrepparttar 125901 Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs horse tracks. Marion County GOP chairman and state Rep. Michael Murphy has a similar plan that would dividerepparttar 125902 slot machine profits differently, giving Indianapolis $48 million annually.

Here are three problems with these major party proposals, besides any issues that readers might have over fundingrepparttar 125903 stadium with gambling profits.

First, they do not addressrepparttar 125904 issue of stadium obsolescence. Taxpayers cannot afford to again let government build a stadium thatrepparttar 125905 NFL outgrows, especially one that is three-timesrepparttar 125906 real cost ofrepparttar 125907 first one. Proponents should guarantee thatrepparttar 125908 stadium will be valuable for 50 years, or promise to indenturerepparttar 125909 lives of their children and grandchildren at doublerepparttar 125910 rate of our servitude.

Second, their proposals treat businesses unequally. They subsidize rich millionaires atrepparttar 125911 expense of smaller or more deserving businesses. Likewise, they treat businesses such asrepparttar 125912 Indianapolis Motor Speedway unfairly by taxing them to underwrite their sports competitor. Itís a slap inrepparttar 125913 face torepparttar 125914 Speedway, which funds itself.

And why should we indenture each Indianapolis citizens with more than $1,000 in debt for eight regular-season football games each year? If gambling revenue projections are not met, are residents of Indianapolis willing to be onrepparttar 125915 hook forrepparttar 125916 balance? Iím certainly not.

Whose Values Are They Anyway?

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

First there wasrepparttar sight of Janet Jackson's pastie-adorned breast atrepparttar 125894 Superbowl, then Nicollet Sheridan's towel-dropping scene on Monday Night Football. A public outcry followed, deploringrepparttar 125895 obsessively sexual orientation of advertising, entertainment, andrepparttar 125896 media as a whole.

Asrepparttar 125897 debates rage, a core question must arise: if sex is known to sell anything, who is doingrepparttar 125898 buying?

Public Relations and marketing gurus giverepparttar 125899 public what they crave. If they don't, they are out of a job. How many new viewers will Desperate Housewives gain because ofrepparttar 125900 uproar over their ad? Thousands? A million or two? And who enjoyedrepparttar 125901 gratuitous nudity? Those who "missed it" on Monday Night Football were able to indulge their curiosity asrepparttar 125902 tape was replayed and replayed ad nauseum. Who in America has not seen it by now? Surely onlyrepparttar 125903 sightless andrepparttar 125904 occasional hermit could have missed it.

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