I want to express my appreciation for the article about the proposed construction of the downtown arena and my role in opposing the city subsidy (“Tomato-paste mogul helps bankroll arena subsidy fight,” Page A1, Feb. 9). I also want to make clear that my political donations primarily support Libertarian organizations and candidates, not conservative ones.
What makes me a Libertarian is the fact that I don’t believe in coercively imposing my personal beliefs on others or expecting anyone else to subsidize what I personally like to do.
I am fine with this arena being built. Supporting the arena and fighting against the subsidy may seem contradictory; however, I believe the arena can, and very well may, be built without the use of a subsidy. I love basketball; having attended college and most basketball games at UCLA and seen John Wooden’s impact on the sport, its players and fans was truly inspirational.