Two stark differences in viewpoints from two Seattle columnists today.
In this Seattle Times column by Steve Kelley, he points the finger at Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and House Speaker Frank Chopp for not stepping up and approving the $75 million King County tax extension that would help fund a $300 million KeyArena renovation. In this Tacoma News Tribune column by John McGrath, he gives Gregoire and Chopp a pass for not rushing to approve the money and points the finger instead at the prospective Seattle-based owners who, instead of stepping up months ago, waited until the last minute to act as Sonics saviors.
Both are worth reading. McGrath, however, throws out all the what-ifs and focuses on the fact that the ball is in Clay Bennett’s court.
“This is Bennett’s team,” McGrath writes. “It is Bennett’s team no matter how much Ballmer’s idea gains traction in Olympia, and it will be Bennett’s team regardless of the outcome of the June court fight over the two seasons remaining on the KeyArena lease.
“Steve Ballmer can make demands for action and Nickels can point fingers at foot-dragging lawmakers, but it’s all moot: Bennett’s got the ball, and you’ll take it away from him when you pry his cold, dead fingers off it.”
And finally, do yourself a favor and check out the guy who wants to buy the Sonics from Clay Bennett.