My take on the proposed new Coliseum is pretty dim ["Hempstead OKs Coliseum plan," News, May 27].

This has been a merry-go-round since its beginning. The first renovation proposed was a colossal edifice to satisfy the ego of Islanders owner Charles Wang. That plan would have been a logistical nightmare of congestion.

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Now, the thought of requiring foreign money and the investors being partial owners does not sit well anymore because of our differences with communist countries. I question the need for this at all.

The Colosseum in Rome has withstood 2,000 years, yet a modern structure built with the most advanced methods and materials is due for replacement in less than 35 years. Why is that?

The reduction of capacity from 16,000 to 13,000 is absurd. What major professional sport team is going to be interested in residing there with less seating? Revenue will be reduced.

Sports die-hards care less about what the arena exterior looks like. The exterior doesn't warrant huge expense that the wild fans will not care a bit about. Better to spend money on a shelter over the heads of all the people outside in the weather waiting for entry.

Alex Duschere, Freeport