This is Dark Cloud on Wednesday, February 25, 1998.
First, still working on the computer, so my newsletter, The Boulder Lout, is still delayed but will be out in March as a triple issue. If you wish to subscribe, however, drop me a line at POB 623, Boulder, Colorado 80306 here in Boulder or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.*
Bad news, state wide. Mr. Bowlen’s Broncos are now on a roll in the State Legislature to get the public’s liability up to at least two hundred sixty-six million dollars. It actually might be higher – news coverage is way vague, testament to the quality of our reporters – but will be pegged at seventy-five percent of the total cost. The vague reporting is due primarily to the fact that the sports media desperately wants a new Bronco stadium for its legions of plush bottom reporters. If it can contribute in any way, it will, and expects to be rewarded.
This is particularly crucial in the November election that will decide the fate of this third of a billion dollar non-necessity. If the press – posing as the coldly objective repository of public concern – has such a high financial interest in the outcome of the election, then it should, of course, disqualify itself from the ranks of alleged journalism. No chance of that.
The crowning fiasco to this stadium is the retractable roof concept supposed to make the stadium available in all weather. Gee, remember when football was supposed to be for the tough, on and off the field? But of course, the stadium will be used – you just know it – for rock shows. Imagine a giant, overturned pail and you have correctly imagined its sound quality. Still, if Promise Keepers and Lollapalooza and the Broncos and others are to use this facility, they and their fans should pay for the honor. I don’t think the tax payers should shell out a dime beyond, perhaps, guaranteeing some loans with the stadium as collateral.
The comparison to Coors doesn’t fit, since football only has eight home games plus exhibition and post season. In any event, under twenty games, while baseball has about one hundred. That puts the financial input in perspective.
In short, be prepared to vote no, whatever form this takes.*Since changed to email@example.com