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To the editor:

I agree with some of Norman Pinkelton's observations on the coliseum, (letter, Jan. 20), but his statement that ``Hotels and restaurants are the primary beneficiaries of events and not the ordinary taxpaying citizens,' shows his lack of economic knowledge.First, hotels and restaurants do pay taxes, including property tax and income tax, and they generate special room taxes. Second, these industries provide employment for hundreds of our citizens, who in turn pay income and like taxes. Their earnings from these industries purchase clothing and food from our merchants, and enable those so employed to pay their mortgages and their rent. Certainly these industries benefit from such a facility as the coliseum, but it only makes common sense that, either directly or indirectly, so do we all.

Bob Pinkelton and Mack Arrington (letter, also Jan. 20) suggest that the coliseum ought to be self-supporting. So it is with any business. But if one business cannot, because of capital needs keep up with the competition, then it will lose money and in turn, will result in losses to its stockholders - in this case, you and me. We will continue to lose major attractions and sports events if we cannot compete with our sister cities' facilities.

Perhaps the real issue here is whether we should stay in competition - or get out of it completely. Ruth S. Comer Greensboro

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