Sun editorial: Cheers and Jeers
February 11, 2010
CHEERS: To the nine Lake Tahoe and Truckee area Olympians who are competing in Vancouver. No area in the world supplies more winter Olympians per capita than our region, so we have to make a big deal out of it. (You can find a 16-page local Olympics guide inside todayand#8217;s Sierra Sun.) And while we appreciate the Olympic history at Squaw and the Tahoe area, nothing is more relevant to the Olympics than our current athletes heading to Vancouver to compete. Win or lose, they are our local heroes.
JEERS: To the International Olympic Commission for allowing our California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to run with the torch. Schwarzenegger, who has admitted to steroid use, will carry the torch today. But to the Olympic athletes, who must report their whereabouts to Olympic drug-testing officials 365 days a year, 24 hours per day, it is an insult. In 2006, an Olympic skeleton racer was denied by the IOC because he used a male baldness medicine that was later legalized, proof that they take our athleteand#8217;s performance seriously. Allowing a former steroid user to carry the symbol of the Olympics, unfortunately, proves otherwise.
JEERS: To the California Police Chiefs Association for saying medical marijuana facilities will instantly generate more crime, and using that as the primary reason to ban facilities in Placer County. This is not the argument. Local establishments that serve alcohol late at night generate more crime than these establishments ever will, and they still remain important to our communities. We wish the Association would just be honest and#8212; that a large part of our police funding comes from the federal government, which rewards marijuana prohibition.