Posted at 9:27 AM on January 6, 2009
by Julia Schrenkler
When Bob Collins noted that former Twins owner Carl Pohlad "became a lightning rod for controversy while trying -- and eventually succeeding -- to get taxpayers to pay for a new baseball stadium." he might have been understating the way people react to Pohlad's activities...and wealth. From the comments:
"That kind of wealth coupled with that kind of hands out for taxpayer dollars makes me nauseous. There is no way anyone can convince me that having pro sports in a town pays off in any way or offsets the costs. That the 20 year old Metrodome needs to be 'torn down' to keep a team (winning or not) is such a waste of resources. When are teams going to 'go green' - and I'm not talking about their salaries!" - Posted by CarolynnWhat is fair to say about Pohlad? What is right? Tackle the controversy and add your thoughts to the comments.
"Some people might not appreciate Pohlad but he did keep the Twins here, he did pay more than many other owners for his ball park and he was a very smart man. He sold his bank and then restarted it with the same name and did it big again. One of the reasons his companies grew so well is that he did not pull out all the money for a salary for himself, but reinvested in the Enterprise.
Take a look at his foundation page and you will see he gave a lot to the community without saying how much he gave.
Let salute him for has ability to build strong valuable organizations and not worry about how much money he made. Look where he started." - Posted by bigalmn
"Nothing like a rich guy talking about how 'great' another rich guy was. What a joke. Any regular people think Carl Pohlad was great?" - Posted by Jason
* MPR News: Twins owner Carl Pohlad has died, age 93