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County executive stood up against NFL strong-arming

I was pleased to read in The News that Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is digging in his heels against pouring money all over the NFL. Pleased, because at last someone has recognized that a new stadium is not necessary to life in Western New York.

How can a new stadium be a realistic necessity for a team that plays eight games per year at home? There are two stadiums in Major League Baseball that are more than 100 years old where 81 games a year are played: Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park.

The majority of the voters in Erie County couldn’t care less about where the Bills play and some don’t even care if they play. Isn’t this kind of expenditure required to have a voter referendum before checks are written?

Mike Blachowicz

Alden