Time to play “Are You Smarter Than a Professional Journalist?” Finish this opening sentence from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
If elected officials, community leaders and stakeholders agree that the region’s cultural, artistic, sports and entertainment venues need new funding, __________________.
a) no force on Earth is great enough to stop them.
b) Milwaukee voters, who are strongly opposed to paying for a new Bucks arena, may decide it’s time to get some new elected officials, community leaders, and stakeholders who have a clearer sense of what’s a “need” and what’s a “want.”
c) it means Wisconsin must have finally gone ahead and legalized hallucinogenic drugs.
Or you could go the safe route and conclude with “there is no shortage of options available to them,” which 1) is blandly inoffensive enough that it almost certainly won’t offend any of your paper’s major sponsors or sources, 2) firmly plants the question about a Milwaukee Bucks arena as being how to pay for it, not whether to pay for it, and 3) is what the Journal Sentinel actually went with, meaning you’re exactly as smart as a professional journalist.
The rest of the article, by the paper’s Don Walker, goes on to list every possible way that taxpayers can be put on the hook for these projects (“Is a sales tax the answer? Or a sin tax on liquor or cigarettes? Or should additional funds be raised through the property tax?”) in laborious detail, without ever once raising the question of which projects the public should be paying for and which could be funded privately (or not built at all). For that, you have to turn to the very active comments section, which may make this the first case in Internet history where you want to skip reading the article and just read the comments.