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City should think of kids before Paul Allen

The fact that the city would even consider helping out the Trail Blazers is outrageous (Tough city contract keeps grip on Blazers, March 17).

Portland needs to fund its schools and see that our children get an education.

The Blazers were Paul Allen's poor investment choice. The man should dig in his own pocket or fold the team.

Ron Rugroden

Gresham

Have no sympathyfor 'Citizen Allen'

With the Paul Allen management team's recent whining, and the disclosure that the Blazers will lose $100 million in the next three years, it reminds me of a line from the all-time classic movie 'Citizen Kane.' Similar to Orson Welles' Charles Foster Kane, Allen ought to go broke, then, in another 630 years.

Paul L. Wegner

Scappoose

Be patient andcheer on the Blazers

The disclosures concerning the Trail Blazers' financial woes are certainly significant, but the media's rush to jump to conclusions and herald the club's demise does little to serve the community's interests. The tendency of many observers to sensationalize issues and to make sweeping judgments is counterproductive and irresponsible.

Yes, the Blazers are struggling, on and off the court. But don't forget, critics demanded that some accountability be brought to bear on the team in the aftermath of the 'Jail Blazers' era.

Well, General Manager John Nash and President Steve Patterson efficiently cleaned house and began laying the groundwork for a future title run. Be careful what you wish for, fans and commentators Ñ one cannot reasonably hope to completely retool a roster, change coaches, apply new standards of conduct to such a young team and keep right on winning all the while. But nobody's buying tickets now because the team is losing.

It's still too early to judge Nash and Patterson. Change isn't easy, but it's good. To conclude that the rebuilding process is a failure after only 130 games, to decide point guard Sebastian Telfair is a washout, and to paint owner Paul Allen as an incompetent or evil overlord who disdains Portland is unwarranted.

There are reasons for hope: Nate McMillan's professionalism and dedication; all the young talent; Allen's vast financial resources and Ñ as demonstrated by the Seattle Seahawks' success Ñ his underrated savvy; a lottery pick in the upcoming draft; and good seats available in the Rose Garden for fans willing to show some love.

It's easy to grumble and blame, but the right thing is to stay behind your local team through thick and thin. If true Blazer fans set the tone, the rebuilding process will succeed.

Kyle Shetterly

Southeast Portland

Fans want heart, not championships

Here's what amazes me: Paul Allen doesn't seem to understand that his team doesn't need to be a perennial champion; in fact, the team doesn't even need to make the playoffs every year (Tough city contract keeps grip on Blazers, March 17). The passion that this city has (at least, hopefully still has) for that team won't disappear, even if the next championship is in 2077.

I'm a Lakers fan, and I put up with more than 10 years between championships. So did the Pistons' fans. The Spurs' fans were there when the team was miserable. Most of the NBA teams have never won a championship. Consistency in the NBA is virtually unobtainable (excepting the Bulls of the 1990s, of course, but, well, Michael Jordan).

Allen needs to stop pulling a Howard Hughes on us and just grab this thing by the throat. Call every owner in the league if necessary to find out what works.

By the way, 3 percent interest on $21 billion in investments is $630 million a year. Just a little perspective for anyone feeling sorry for the man who stands to lose $100 million over the next three years on his Blazer investment.

John Porter

Northwest Portland