Done right, a convention center hotel will benefit the Utah economy

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  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    June 26, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    If a large 1,000 room hotel is a "good idea", then let private enterprise seize the opportunity and build that hotel. Why should government have anything to say, except the obvious zoning and permits?

    Not one dime of public money should be used. Not one "tax incentive" should be offered. If the idea is good, then let it stand on its merits and let those who believe in it take the risk and prosper or fail based on their willingness to follow their dream. If private investors can't see a way to make a profit without getting help from the government, then the idea is not good enough and the time is not right.

    Ideas are cheap. Talk is cheap. Let those with the money think and talk. Let those who think of ways to add taxes and spend public money on projects that should be handled by private enterprise remain silent - or let them invest their own money and mortgage all that they own to make that "dream" a reality.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 26, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    The really bad thing about allowing business to control our government is that they have the access to tax money to use in their competition with other businesses. This sadness being exceeded only by the construction costs of public venues that we don’t need or want or ever get finished, or even give the promised results.

    Our federal government is suffering the slings and arrows of it’s misdeeds with Solyndra. Which is probably deserved. But the slings and arrows come from the people who are engaged in the same schemes at the local level.

    Business interests often bribe or otherwise influence local governments with promises and even blackmail to get at the taxpayer money. The promises seldom come to fruition and the taxpayer is left holding the bag.

    My appeal is to stop allowing business to control our government with their huge financial resources

  • ECR Burke, VA
    June 26, 2012 8:16 a.m.

    This is an excellent letter and the attributes of Utah and Salt Lake City, so poetically described, should be an attractive drawing card for potential investors. Let's hope the private sector recognizes this great opportunity and steps up with the right investment.