Editorial Board should have

buyer’s remorse over Curry

The Times-Union Editorial Board needs to quit endorsing candidates.

Ask the candidates questions.

Rate their honesty.

Give us facts.

But quit endorsing.

How does the Editorial Board feel now about endorsing Mayor Lenny Curry for re-election earlier this year?

Here are some questions for the Editorial Board:

● Is Curry blocking the School Board's ability to get funding to repair neighborhood schools?

● Is Curry the driving force behind state Rep. Jason Fischer’s bill J-1, which calls for appointing members of the School Board instead of letting citizens elect them? Fischer’s bill is built on the premise that the state legislators can change a city’s charter without the vote of the citizens or the City Council. That’s outrageous!

● Has Curry appointed JEA board members with the ultimate goal of selling the utility?

● What does the Editorial Board think now of the prophetic comments made by former Councilwoman Anna Brosche when she ran against Curry earlier this year? In a March 12 Times-Union article, Brosche warned that if Curry won another four-year term, he would work with the JEA board to move ahead on selling the municipal utility. “The topic of selling JEA is absolutely still alive and on the table,” Brosche said in the article. “For anyone to think otherwise is misguided.”

Given all of these facts the question should be asked again: How does the Editorial Board feel now about its endorsement of Curry?

Susan Aertker, Jacksonville


Sooner or later Jacksonville

will need a domed stadium

Jacksonville is fortunate to have an individual like Jaguars owner Shad Khan and his visionary plans for the area surrounding TIAA Bank Field.

However, before City Council makes a significant commitment of tax dollars for infrastructure improvements around the proposed Lot J development, it should consider the major financial investment that may be necessary in the very near future to keep the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

With Jacksonville regularly experiencing triple-digit heat indexes this summer, it’s just a matter of time before Khan floats the idea of having a stadium that is either fully or partially covered.

Indeed Florida is projected to experience an increase of 8 to 15 degrees in summer heat index temperatures, the highest in the nation. What we are experiencing is not an isolated hot year — it is part of a long-term trend.

The reality is that fans and players may soon be simply unable to endure that type of heat in an open-air stadium (especially during the early part of an NFL season).

The NFL already has eight franchises that play in covered stadiums, including teams in the following warm-weather cities:

• Dallas.

• Atlanta.

• New Orleans.

• Houston.

• Arizona.

Allegiant Stadium — the domed stadium now under construction in sun-baked Las Vegas to house the NFL Raiders — is expected to cost $1.9 billion, with taxpayers picking up $750 million.

Jacksonville has already made significant contributions to various upgrades in the city-owned TIAA Bank Field; now it’s considering more than $90 million in infrastructure improvements and environmental cleanup for the proposed Lot J project.

Can the city afford to make this type of expenditure now when it could be facing a much bigger bill in the not-too-distant future?

Dan Dundon, Jacksonville