Published: Thursday, Feb. 9 2012 10:00 a.m. MST
I can only suppose that once again "businesses" have influenced this
decision.I can't think of a single "citizen" who'd like to
do this again so soon.
At last, a voice of reason in the vast morass of a society addicted to athletic
contests. Frankly, I'm surprised at Mr. Evensen's stance on this - pleasanly
surprised - and I commend him for paddling against the tide of a weird public
Jay Evensen think's twice before another Olympic leap and brings him to the
subject of whether Utah once again should bid to host the Winter Olympics.
Because Utah's Gov. Gary Herbert announced he was forming a committee to explore
the idea of maybe shooting for the 2022 games. Even Mitt Romney got in on the
act, Tweeting about how "delighted" he was. That's where we'll start
at. Romney, Olympic savior or opportunist?. Those were dark, dark days in
Utah's Olympic odyssey, back in February 1999, when Mitt Romney burst onto the
scene. News accounts still appeared daily, as they had for two months, about
Salt Lake City's bid committee lavishing money and gifts on voters in an Olympic
host-city selection process rife with corruption. The International Olympic
Committee, U.S. Olympic Committee and Salt Lake Organizing Committee all were
investigating evidence documented in detailed bid-committee records, but most
ominous of all, so was the Department of Justice. Possible criminal charges for
bribery? In the headquarters city of The LDS Church?. How embarrassing. The
Salt Lake Tribune said. They tell the truths and don't hide the truth like the
DNews moderator trys to do most of the time.
Hey Jay, jumping into the Salt River was a blast growing up, especially with the
girls from ASU!@LDS Lib: I'm not sure what bubble you live in but
when my kids heard the news on the radio they all cheered. I spoke with a few of
my neighbors as well and they love the idea.I don't know of any
"citizen" who doesn't want to have the Olympics again.
Mr. Evensen suggesst we should not attempt another olympics because it might not
turn out perfect. What if no one ever attempted anything difficult
or great because they were afraid they might fail?Though it may not
be the right time for another Olympic bid, Mr. Evensen's philosophy is the
foundation for a very sad life.
Here's Jay Evensen with his bucket of cold water ...Jay, do you
think all of those Olympic Committees currently in Utah are going to stay here
if Denver gets the games?
Let's do it again. It worked out well in the end. I loved every minute of the
Olympics in Utah. I was at first critical of them coming but glad I was wrong
and they came. The environment wasn't destroyed, people in Utah came together
like no other, we saw some of the best winter athletes in the world. Our town
was the centerpiece of the world. All the bad stuff that happened getting the
Olympics can be a great learning experience. I SAY LET'S GO FOR IT!!!
If we hosted the Olympic Games again we wouldn't have Romney to bail us out if
we got into trouble like we did last time.
The only reason I can see in this article is that Jay is worried they might not
go perfectly. Really? That's the only reason for not hosting them again is
that it's not worth the worry. Well shoot, I guess by that logic I will stop
applying for jobs because of the worry I won't get them, I will stop having
children because of the worry that something might happen to them or they won't
grow up to be perfect, I'll stop living because if the choices I make don't turn
out perfect then it wasn't worth making the choice.
Hey Jay, go back to Arizona! Is this really the way you live your
life? "Let's look at every thing that could go wrong, and then out of fear
decide to be safe and do nothing!" No thank you!
To quote the immortal Calvin and Hobbes:"I think it is better
to accept risk and live life to the fullest rather than live in Stupefying
security"Put your fear away and have some hope. You can't
control the weather and to worry about the weather 10 years from now is
silly.Let's dream big!
This may go down as the weakest and most poorly reasoned editorial I have ever
read. Tongue in check comparisons with longing for WWII? Really?
Concentration camps, atomic bombs and the death of over 60 million people has no
moral equivalence to a sporting event. I'm shocked and appalled. It's worse than
football players talking about being soldiers. Then worrying about
weather patterns ten years in the future? Isn't every other city in the same
situation? Many of the events are indoors where weather isn't a factor in the
first place. Believe me, there is enough snow to build a half pipe and slalom
course. You people in Utah get jaded and lose perspective with 500 inches of
snow each winter. 250 inches is more than most. I won't even get
into the nervous Nelly items like worrying about the cauldron not lighting. But
then remembering jumping into a lake as a teenager and nearly landing on a log?
This decision will be made by a panel of professionals exploring risks and
rewards. It won't be a singular un-calculated leap. To suggest otherwise is
simply being naive or dishonest. If there are sound financial,
logistical, or environmental issues that would prohibit the games from being a
success then so be it. But to nail the coffin closed before the numbers are
crunched, competition is weighed, and all the facts are available is a
disservice to everybody and essentially quitting before the game even starts. We
are better than that.
Got it, Jay. The lesson from your analogy is clearly this: Even with hidden
dangers present, once you've learned where to jump, dive in! The water's great!
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