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Peterjohn as arena booster

The most surprising sight of 2010 so far was of a beaming Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn amid the Intrust Bank Arena's opening hoopla Saturday. When he was executive director of the Kansas Taxpayers Network, Peterjohn led the anti-arena opposition, declaring that it "will not create permanent jobs or improve the local economy" and predicting proponents of the arena-tax ballot question would "get overwhelmingly clobbered outside Wichita and maybe in Wichita, too." Still, Peterjohn deserves credit for showing up Saturday and also for recognizing, as he told The Eagle, that "the vote in 2004 is history, and we need to make this facility work as best we can for all the citizens of Sedgwick County."

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