Letters to the Editor

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Tag: olympics

Feb.
25th

OLYMPICS: Russian hosts deserve our gratitude

It’s difficult to believe I’m thanking Russia, as there has been very little I’ve liked about Russia, let alone Vladimir Putin, but they did keep our athletes, their families and fans safe during the Sochi games.

I wish I could feel the same if the U.S. was the one providing the security even though we have the best and strongest military in the world and our CIA is second to none. Unfortunately, they are both controlled by our present administration and State Department. They couldn’t even provide proper security for our American consulate in Benghazi.

Thank goodness our athletes were

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Feb.
18th

RACE: Olympics op-ed reflects anti-white racism

Re: “In protest of ‘Fabulous Display of Worldy Whiteness’”(TNT, 2-18).

This was a blatantly racist piece of journalism. Stephen A Crockett Jr. decries the lily whiteness of the Winter Olympics and vows not to watch. He paints a caricature of the athletes as spoiled white kids on vacation.

Crockett seems bitter about his own poor upbringing and appears to carry a chip on his shoulder about his youthful poverty and lack of opportunities enjoyed by the rich white kids.

Does Crockett think that only black folk can grow up poor? I am from a white family, and my parents worked

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Feb.
19th

OLYMPICS: Wrestling wrongly eliminated

The most dedicated and hardest-working athletes in the world have been swept into the dustbin of history. Fifteen people have decided wrestling, the world’s oldest sport, is to be eliminated from the 2020 Olympics (TNT, 2-13).

As a former football, wrestling, track and field, and baseball coach and a competitive athlete in all of those sports from junior high to the collegiate level, I know what I’m taking about. This is like a bad dream. Wrestling is the core sport of all power sports, utilizing eye-hand coordination, balance, strength, power, mental and physical toughness, courage, endurance, strategy and tactics,

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Aug.
13th

OLYMPICS: Athletes inspired pride

Re: “Why dry eyes during London Games?” (John McGrath column, 8-13).

With deference to your reporter’s Olympic coverage, particularly the medal ceremonies, I would like to say that I felt more connected with the winners this year than during past Olympics. I believe that the news coverage did a great deal to humanize the athletes and make the viewer feel a part of their lives away from Olympic Stadium.

Over the years I have drifted away from professional sports due to the high salaries, the childish antics, gang-like personas and the “I am better than you” attitudes. But this

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Aug.
13th

OLYMPICS: Title IX is about more than sports

Re: “Women flexed their muscle at London Olympic Games” (editorial, 8-13).

I was surprised that you did not have a full understanding of Title IX. As the former member of the Tacoma School Title IX Committee, I worked to educate the public on equality in education. Your comment that many of the athletes train in private clubs and so Title IX does not explain their success undermines the true meaning of Title IX .

Title IX was passed guaranteeing equality in education and end to sex discrimination in schools receiving federal financial assistance. It covers the entire educational process

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July
31st

OLYMPICS: Fill empty seats with 99 percenters

Lots and lots of corporate and other reserved, really, really expensive empty seats at the Olympics (TNT, 7-31)? Tut! Tut! They could easily be filled with the rabble – so known in earlier English literature, but now known as the 99 percent!

Hand out free tickets until every seat is filled. Then, that Mitt Romney might repent of his gaffes regarding London’s failure to do as well as he in carrying out Olympic events, reserve a prominent (for photo-ops) seat for him so that he can demonstrate how much he really understands and likes people like me.

July
31st

ROMNEY: Columnist proves he’s an Obama puppet

Eugene Robinson condescendingly mocks Mitt Romney’s foreign diplomacy skills (column, 7-31), but does little more than demonstrate what a puppet he is. The American press all but ignored Romney’s “gaffe” regarding Olympic security when first aired on NBC, and not until the leftist British tabloid The Guardian made a deal out of it did the American left grab it and run.

All good leftists, Robinson included, are in full campaign mode for Barack Obama, of course. And since there’s really nothing good that can be said about Obama’s tenure, the campaign and their media puppets must concentrate on going

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June
18th

CYCLING: Recognize Olympics-bound athletes

On June 15, the men’s and women’s cycling teams for the 2012 Olympic Games were announced. This was not reported in The News Tribune. There have, however, in the last week been two reports on the recent U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charges against Lance Armstrong.

I understand that cycling is not a major sport in the United States, but this choice of stories disturbs me. Obviously, Armstrong is well known and the scope of the charges against him are so significant that it demands reporting. But the local connection to the 2012 Olympic Team is significant as well.

Of the 21

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