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In our opinion: Russia must ensure security at Sochi

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  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 6, 2014 4:06 p.m.

    So of what value is this editorial to the D-News readers. Everyone including the Russians knows and knew the Russians need to put on a secure Olympics. Stating the obvious doesn't change anything or provoke the exploration in the market place of ideas. The D-News needs to expands its editorial staff.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    Hutterite is right. You can't "Guarantee" safety anywhere, anytime. This is especially true at a huge event like the Olympics (with a widespread range of venues, many in the outdoors, many covering huge geographic areas). You would have to lock-down whole cities, whole mountain ranges, not just a stadium or a few buildings involved in the event.

    I'm sure they will do all they can to minimize the risk though. They are very image conscious in Russia, and any incident would be bad for their image... so they will do what they think needs to be done.

    What I worry more about them being so low-tech and heavy-handed with security that visitors feel like they are in lockdown mode all the time.

    I also worry that if there was a threat to security... they are so image conscious in Russia that they would keep it a secret and not let anybody know until it was too late and something actually happens.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 8:20 a.m.

    I imagine that they will do what they can; there are no guarantees for any of us. The best we can do is assess the risk and determine if it is wise to be there.