I quote Crain's Detroit Business from June 10, 2009:
Levin's Tiger Stadium earmark still could be spent
(AP) "A $3.8 million federal earmark intended to help save Tiger Stadium may end up being spent even if nothing is left of the stadium." Read the entire article here.
Below, is an archive of the brief opinion I wrote back in July of last year:
The Detroit Tigers moved to Comerica Park in April 2000. Since that time, the city of Detroit and those interested in preserving the old Tiger Stadium have been looking for private donors to keep the stadium standing. Toward the end, not even Earnie Harwell was able to save the stadium from the wrecking ball. The simple message here is that if private investors can find no value in an historic old ballpark after nine years of trying, then maybe it has no value. Ah, but wait! Senator Levin and his colleague Senator Stabenow have come to the rescue, with $4 million of YOUR money. When I first heard about this, I planned to write a story about it. Then I discovered a great article from Dan Calabrese of the North Star Writers Group. I thought he said what I intended to say, only better. So, with his permission, I present it to you in its entirety.
If Deficits Are So Bad, Why a Federal Earmark for Tiger Stadium?
When I clicked my Tigers news link last weekend and saw a headline announcing that they had secured the money, I thought to myself, "I wonder who's forking it over?" Then I saw where they're getting it, and I thought, "Oh. I am."