Last week, I wrote about Cumberland County’s plan to take funding that had previously been allocated to schools and instead build a ballpark. Incredible, I know, but that is indeed the plan.
In doing some further reading this week, I came across a column in the Fayetteville Observer by Myron B. Pitts in which he advocates for the ballpark. He talks about filling out a survey on things like ticket price and how often he’d take his family. And then he says this:
Among other things, it asked about season ticket prices, how much I’d be willing to pay.
Unlikely, unless I fall into a lot of money. And financial windfalls at our house have a way of being magically re-routed to our kids and their needs.
I think that’s true of pretty much every family. People spend extra money providing for their families, because that’s the thing they value most. They certainly value it more than baseball.
And that is why the last thing Cumberland County should do is divert money from schools to a ballpark. It just doesn’t make sense.