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NAMING RIGHTS SHOULDN'T BE A PUBLIC COMMODITY

I object to the practice of selling the naming rights to any public facility. A major expenditure of public funds should not be used as an advertising asset.

If a publicly funded facility is to be given a non-generic name, I feel it should be only to honor or memorialize someone.

I wouldn't object if somewhere in the distant future Rich Stadium were renamed Wilson Stadium and Pilot Field were renamed Griffin Field.

The exception, of course, would be that if a public facility were an outright gift from an individual or company, the donor should be able to memorialize it as he/she chooses, and the community would have the right to refuse the gift if they objected to the name.

GEROULD R. STANGE
Kenmore

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