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Continued: Readers Write: (March 27): Tax climate, school discipline, attracting a Super Bowl, access to trade talks

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SUPER BOWL

To host it is to receive a windfall in many ways

I guess I’m not as enlightened as those making a stink over waiving certain taxes in return for acquiring a Super Bowl. It’s as if they think we’re writing the NFL a $10 million check. But these taxes would not be here without a Super Bowl being held here.

Even after waiving these taxes, the area would still enjoy a windfall of, depending on whom you believe, anywhere from millions to tens of millions to hundreds of millions of dollars of ancillary income from hosting the game, not to mention the priceless publicity of having our city and state beamed around the world, and being the center of the sporting universe for two or more weeks, with full hotels, bars and restaurants. (In February, no less — not exactly peak tourist season around here.) I would also be curious to compare typical February sales at the Mall of America with the days and weeks preceding the game.

I understand the bitterness of the anti-stadium crowd, but really, folks, it’s a done deal. It’s time to get over it, move on and start capitalizing on our investment. We’re not giving the NFL anything. It was never ours to take without the game.

Hosting the Super Bowl will never be a money-losing proposition, and even if it nets us only $100, it’s $100 more than we had before the game.

John G. Morgan, Burnsville

 

TRADE TALKS

Congress members in fact do not have access

Mark Kennedy and Tim Penny really need to get their facts straight with respect to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. In a recent letter (“A few more facts …,” March 11) they imply that members of Congress have access to the negotiating sessions. That is simply wrong, as are all the other purported benefits of TPP and NAFTA they tout. In fact, no member of Congress or the news media is permitted to observe or directly participate in these closed-door sessions. If either Mr. Kennedy or Mr. Penny were to observe or participate, it would only be as representatives of one or more of the 600 big corporate interests who enjoy access that the American people and their elected leaders do not.

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn.

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