2002-01-12 / Editorial/Opinion

A Man of Compassion

A Man of Compassion

This week Mayor Bloomberg delayed plans to build new stadiums for the New York Yankees and Mets baseball teams. The decision to build the stadiums was heavily supported by members of the Giuliani administration. In offering an explanation as to why the construction would not go forth at this time, Bloomberg cited not only the fiscal problems within New York City, but also the fact that there is an urgent need for education, housing the homeless, and providing for the underclass of the city. It has been eight years since anyone has shown a strong sense of compassion for the poor and underprivileged. Some would say it has been longer than that. There is no question that Bloomberg is a man of esteemed wealth and power, and this latest stance against the stadium construction illustrates that he is also a man with a heart. Surely, the day will come when ground will be broken to build these magnificent structures, but as it stands now, it will not come at the expense of those who cannot even afford to buy a cup of coffee.

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