A couple of thoughts keep drifting back to mind about the "David and Goliath" struggle downtown, with the N. K. Hurst Co. having to battle the state of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis just to stay in business.
Statements made by representatives of the Stadium Building Authority persist in referring to negotiations being carried out in good faith. We wonder.
There were four or five years of secret land acquisition and preparatory discussions - all at the same time we were being assured by officials that there really were no plans for a new stadium. The Authority then rushed into the start of construction of the building before they had acquired the land they now contend is essential to the operation of the project. Would any reasonable, privately run body have so ventured? We doubt it.
Of course, a private body would not have been able to enter the situation knowing it had the power of eminent domain in its hip pocket with which to threaten a property owner who did not "cooperate." When that point is joined with a statement by the Authority that the money was the "only" thing to be negotiated with Hurst, one might be entitled to question just how much "good faith" is really involved.
Which brings us to another question. Despite a good many "letters to the editor" from a variety of individuals supporting the Hurst position, we wonder at the apparent complete lack of support from any individual businesses or business organizations.
Removal of the Hurst property from the assessment rolls will affect every other business in Indianapolis - to say nothing of aggravating the problem of public safety financing. And the action will further erode private property rights of every business and individual.
The news media, either with its silence or by actual approval of Authority action, continue to turn a blind eye to governmental action which may or may not be legal, but certainly is unreasonable, both economically and ethically. And the silence from the business community itself is deafening. Why must a small business have to take on this kind of problem alone? The failure to speak out must surely be read as approval of the action of the public officials!
We wouldn't want to have to explain the situation to a businessman considering a move to Indianapolis.