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Why so anti-UCF?

I must say the article was well-written `“Force-fed,” Dec. 13`. That is the only thing good I can say about it. For one thing, you only used the people that were against the stadium. You didn’t allow any alumni to have a single quote or anything that appeared to be balanced reporting.

You realize the neighbors are in the same area? The roads, houses, shopping centers and everything else that was developed in this area all are on the same type of land. If they really want to be environmental then the residents in the surrounding areas should bulldoze their houses and build a mini-forest.

It is much easier for these types of groups to go after the government because they are forced to listen to these petty cases. UCF had to spend a lot of money with lawyers because of these selective environmentalists.

UCF gave them meetings after meetings to voice their concerns. Nobody else would have given them the time of day, but UCF was forced to listen to the stupidity. The real issue was they didn’t want a stadium in their backyard. I call them the NIMBYs (not in my back yard). Well, they were stupid to buy a home next to a very large university (even if they purchased 15 years ago) and didn’t expect there to be growth or possibly a football stadium.

UCF needs to grow to help the state of Florida and the Central Florida region. The whole world doesn’t revolve around a few old people that have nothing better to do than complain. I would expect to see in the next edition a story from UCF’s point of view. Not likely, huh?

Jeff Holmes, via the Internet

Editor’s note: The story included extensive quotes from Dan Holsenbeck, UCF’s vice president of university relations, and also quotes UCF president John Hitt, via transcripts of a state hearing.

Vocal minority

I wanted to comment just briefly on your recent article, “Force-fed” `Dec. 13`. I found it a bit troubling. Being a part of the UCF community, I’m familiar with the sources you cite: Ronald Brooke and Susan Eberle, just to name a few.

First, I was wondering how much time you actually spent with these people. It’s surprising to me that you even found their arguments valid enough to quote them. You’re drawing from a small pool of the “vocal minority” for this article, and your facts, conclusions and assumptions are misleading for your readers. It’s bothersome, and just poor research, to neglect the positive impact that Bright House Networks Stadium has had on the community – not just the UCF campus community, but the Orlando community as well.

I’m sure you attended all of the stadium master plan meetings a few years ago. If you objectively analyzed Eberle’s argument, you’d see that she had very little support for her claims. In fact, Eberle also opposed parking garages on the UCF campus in the same breath that she said we needed to “focus on the parking and transportation issue” instead of the stadium. For this reason, among others, Eberle is not a credible source.

In sum, Eberle and Brooke did not succeed with their ploy to stop UCF’s construction because they did a very poor job of presenting and supporting their argument. I’ll go so far as to say that they did not have a valid argument.

UCF and administrators have a long history of doing what’s best for the campus community, UCF students and faculty. UCF has already experienced the benefits of the new stadium.

Rusty Carpenter, via the Internet

Editor’s note: UCF’s stadium was not included in the school’s master plan, a fact that then-Gov. Jeb Bush found disconcerting.

Courageous

Billy Manes’ cover story regarding the UCF stadium made me proud to live in Orlando `“Force-fed,” Dec. 13`. His investigative reporting and writing style made this the best cover story I’ve read in the Weekly (or any other rag!) in a long time. Kudos to Billy and the Weekly for having the courage to take on such issues!

Drew R. Garabo, Orlando

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