Letters for December 4, 2003

You weren't duped for a teeny-tiny minute?

Margaret Hostetter


New Times: Thank you for Bob Norman's November 6 article in New Times ("Bad Operation"). It is something the taxpayers in Broward County need to know about. Thanks again, and I hope Norman will keep up the good work!

Anna Mae French


Move the stadium al norte: I am a Miami resident who agrees with Chuck Strouse and Susan Eastman in disliking the idea of a downtown Miami ballpark ("Bring Us the Ballpark," November 6). I also would like to see it somewhere in Broward midway between Miami-Dade and Broward. However, we all know that even though the fans are what makes or breaks this team staying in South Florida, the commissioners think only about themselves and where they can use the money on their own behalf and not the public's. The Fort Lauderdale stadium site would be nice, but let's not get like the New Yorkers and start badmouthing the Miami folks.

We have a nice fan base down here, but after money-hungry Wayne's 1997 dismantling of a World Series Championship team, we all got discouraged. I don't see Miami as better than Broward or Broward as better than Miami but as neighbors who should come together and push to get a home for our second-time World Series champions.

And as for changing the name, I think that is wrong too. Let's not all get greedy; remember that the name "Florida Marlins" was selected through a contest and that the fans embraced it as such. They are the World Series champion "Florida Marlins," and they should stay as such.

Come on, Miami-Dade and Broward, the "Miami Marlins" or the "Broward" or "Fort Lauderdale Marlins" sounds like Little League. Don't we have enough ridicule with the "Miami Dolphins"? Enough said. Thanks for a great idea, and I hope these folks think about it.

Ralph Arenas


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