The Redskins: A Public Nuisance

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Regarding John Kelly's Oct. 13 column, "Hey, Dan! Have We Got Some Names for You!":

When the Supreme Court changed the definition of eminent domain in the Kelo v. City of New London decision from the constitutional "public use" to a vague notion of "public benefit," I was shocked and disappointed. But upon reconsideration I see it may be the way out of our long, dark public nightmare.

Let me propose that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) seize the Washington Redskins from Dan Snyder for the public benefit. As in New London, the city can seize property and sell it to those who would use it better.

I believe that there would be quite a market for the team and no buyer could use it less beneficially than Mr. Snyder does.

Mr. Fenty could then fire Vinny Cerrato, the team's executive vice president of football operations, before the sale. Or the team could be declared a public nuisance and fined until sold.

And if all else fails, force him to change the name to the Lanham or Ashburn Redskins and end our humiliation. In the meantime, I have subscribed to Minnesota Vikings games by satellite and will not be bothering with the Redskins any further.

PETER SCHAEFER

Washington


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