THE BILL to transfer ownership of Robert F. Kennedy Stadium from the federal government to the District of Columbia is stalled on Capitol Hill. Ho hum. Thus a worthy legislative measure affecting the city may be long delayed or even allowed to die. Oh, really? And if something isn't done soon, Washington may not be able to have a baseball team, even if someone should want to move one here, in 1987. Hey, this rk out a long-term lease arrangement with the federal government. But backers of the transfer legislation in the D.C. government say their preliminary soundings indicate a lease arrangement would make it difficult if not impossible to issue the bonds. Moreover, they say, baseball owners have indicated they aren't exactly enchanted with the idea of the city's having to lease its stadium from another party.
The two sides could argue this matter forever, but time is short. There's a fairly simple way to resolve it, and that is by invoking the basic principle of home rule involved. RFK Stadium is a vital and important municipal facility, and it should be owned by the city, not by a federal landlord. This transfer is not a sudden giveaway dreamed up the other night; it's been in the works for years, and the District is paying. Those who have their long-term vision of the city beautiful should learn to work with its elected government toward realizing that vision.