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Tradition thrives.

WRC-TV reporter Mark Segraves, whose dad was a colleague of mine back in my early days, broke a heck of a story this week.

The Lerner family, the owners of the Washington Nationals, want to build a $300 million retractable roof for Nationals Park.

Cool, you baseball lovers, say?

Yeah, but they don’t want to pay for it.

They want D.C. stakeholders to foot the bill.

The reaction from the mayor was expected. He “started laughing,” according to one source, while another said it would be “cost prohibitive” and “butt ugly.”

Not funny.

It doesn’t matter what a retractable roof would look like, and it doesn’t matter how little or how much it would cost.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and taxpayers nationwide who help foot the bills of the nation’s capital should send a resounding message: Hell no 300 million times.

What gall.

We followed tradition and built the Nats a stadium, and the team’s owners should be telling us “thank you” 700 million times.

Instead, they’re proving they’re not grateful at all.

In other sports news, today’s the day. Today’s the day Washington Redskins fans have to watch our arch rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, play for bragging rights to lead the division.

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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