I'm sure by now you've all heard the latest in our on-going ownership drama. If you happened to miss it - you can read both the letter Mr. Hulsizer wrote to the Goldwater Institute as well as their official response to it here. I'm not going to rehash it here for you, but it does raise issues that we need to address.
I am in awe at the audacity of the Goldwater Institute and their complete unwillingness to negotiate with anyone in person regarding this matter. They refuse to meet with Mr. Hulsizer. They refuse to meet with Gary Bettman. They even refuse to sit down and speak with the Mayor of Glendale face to face. If you believe that you have valid points - why hide behind press releases? If Ms. Olsen is truly out for the good of the taxpayers she proclaims to be protecting - she would be willing to meet and discuss this matter like normal business people do. No press releases, no letters on websites, no pre-coached interviews in various media outlets where she has successfully danced around direct questions regarding the validity of her claims.
This whole situation has become ridiculous - to put it simply. I - for one - have had my fill of it all. I am outraged at this point with the Goldwater Institute. A private group who claims to be looking out for the "public interest" of the citizens of Arizona is clearly using their influence to to push their own agendas. It's time we let Goldwater know how we feel about it. The Coyotes have suffered enough. The Coyotes fans have suffered enough. The citizens of Glendale face millions of wasted tax dollars if this continues.
I would like to direct your attention to an editorial that came out in the Arizona Republic this morning. It's an excellent article - and when our local media goes out on a limb for us we need to take advantage of the situation. They put this editorial out this morning - and I'd like to share with you a snippet of it:
Olsen has conducted "negotiations" by press release, including yet another late-day statement on Monday, this one expressing Goldwater's disdain for a much-improved offer from Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer. The Goldwater statement even included contemptuous grammatical corrections of Hulsizer's personal letter to the group. Olsen needs to get off Mount Olympus and participate, and stop baiting the people who are trying to salvage something meaningful for this community.
The offer from Hulsizer appears largely to address her stated concerns about taxpayer exposure to risk. In her late-Monday response to that offer, Olsen looks to be raising some reasonable questions about bond-debt liability. But her chosen method of negotiating - by snotty press release - makes it appear she is rejecting Hulsizer out of hand. Is this what it means to be a community "player"?
Being a "player" means getting involved in negotiations. It means getting involved, in good faith, as a member of the community, not as some ideologically pure priesthood. As it appears now, Goldwater has one real interest: blowing up the negotiated efforts of others. Its efforts are destructive, not constructive. And its unwillingness to respond to the overtures of others is getting tiresome.
The institute should not be so sure there are no consequences to such haughty obstructionism.
What I'm asking you to do at this point, is to send the Arizona Republic your comments and voice your support for the City of Glendale, Mr. Hulsizer and the NHL in their attempts to keep the Coyotes in Arizona. The best way to do this is via the Letters to the Editor section - here's a link to their online form. We need to get as many letters published as possible.
Cite the above referenced article in your letters and tell them that as Arizona taxpayers, we whole-heartedly agree with what was said in the editorial. Tell them your stories. Tell them how much money you spend in Glendale because the Coyotes are there. Tell them how much of an economic travesty it will be if the Coyotes are allowed to flee Glendale.
If you live out of state - or country - you can write them as well and tell them how wrong it is that they are not willing to act in an appropriate manner and hear the concerns of those who oppose their actions.
We have every right to demand that Darcy Olsen meet with the appropriate parties to discuss this in private and not make a media spectacle of the whole thing. We have every right to demand that an organization who claims to be looking out for us at least listen to us and respond with something more than a form letter stating how "our concerns are important to them..."
No, they obviously are not - as they are not being addressed to even the slightest degree. In fact, prominent members of the Goldwater Organization at one point had joined a "Support Goldwater, bring home the Jets" group on Facebook. This isn't only maddening as an Arizona taxpayer, it is downright wrong and completely unacceptable!
Whom exactly are they looking out for if they join a group that supports the loss of thousands of Arizona jobs and an anchor tenant for a taxpayer built arena? Whom exactly are they looking out for if they aren't willing to discuss this matter with the appropriate parties?
You've been called for interference Goldwater Institute - and I think you're about to get a game misconduct.
We the people of Arizona are throwing you OUT of this game.
I need your help Coyotes supporters - let's show them just how loud we can howl!
President, The Coyotes Coalition
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