City Manager Wayne Cauthen’s desire to continue shoveling money into the sports complex in the hope that neither the Chiefs nor the Royals will leave has left me thinking Cauthen is clearly not in touch with the current fiscal reality of Kansas City and its residents (3/6, A-1, “More layoffs suggested; Funkhouser also advises ending stadium subsidies while avoiding increases in property taxes and police cutbacks”).
Nor has Cauthen learned anything from sports history about some teams being as greedy as some of the worst robber barons of the 19th century — their goal being one of seeing how loud they can cry “poverty” and how far they can dip their hands into taxpayers’ wallets — even as they pay themselves and their players hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars annually.
Mr. Cauthen, the Kansas City taxpayers who pay your salary — people who are losing incomes and jobs — can’t afford these “giveaways” you so dearly like. Please stop giving taxpayer-provided charity to these wealthy sports franchises.
Kansas City, Kan.