To The Editor:
I just finished reading William Emmet’s letter to the editor in the Providence Journal (June 1, 2017), which posits his support for the proposition that Rhode Island taxpayers should contribute towards the construction of a new baseball stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. He refers to the baseball team as “part of the fabric of Rhode Island life and (they) have provided much enjoyment to us and our neighbors for decades.” Thus, in his mind, this should be the reason for R.I. taxpayers to once again reach into their pocketbooks to support a new enterprise designed to profit a few insiders.
If the PawSox are “part of the fabric of Rhode Island life,” how about Del’s Lemonade? Would Mr. Emmet support taxpayer financing to this beloved time-tested institution? Or, maybe hot wieners? Haven’t they provided “much enjoyment” to us, deserving of taxpayers’ support?
Mr. Emmet needs to reach much further back to convincingly argue in favor of spending our taxpayers’ hard-earned money on, at best, a speculative endeavor.
Fred E. Joslyn Jr.