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Donít let the ìterroristsî win

Ted Balaker
January 19, 2005, 2:01pm

Sure it's a scam when zillionaire pro sports owners get taxpayers to pay for new stadiums. It's even worse when they turn up the heat by threatening to leave town. But calling them terrorists might be a tad over-the-top. For years the Florida Marlins have been trying to get the state to fork over some public funds for a new stadium. Last month team officials even traveled to Las Vegas to flirt with the mayor about a possible move. Now the Marlins' president sends a letter to state House speaker Allan Bense asking for $60 million: Well, if we are going to broaden the definition of terrorist like that can we at least put the Patriot Act to good use and use it to stop some of these boondoggles?

Ted Balaker is Producer

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