Just say no to Sochi coverage



For years my wife and I have shared our bedroom with Peter Mansbridge...

To the Editor,

For years my wife and I have shared our bedroom with Peter Mansbridge, and sometimes he brings along interesting, though sometimes sour-faced and not necessarily beguiling, characters with him.

Recently Mr. Mansbridge proudly announced that the CBC’s “100 Days Countdown To Sochi” had begun. No thanks, Peter, you’ve overstayed your welcome in our bedroom; the Olympics have been so tarnished for so long that I do everything possible to avoid them.

More than a half-century ago female competitors from Eastern Bloc countries looked more like muscle-bound stevedores as they claimed all the medals; something told me back then that they didn’t get that way by eating Soviet Wheaties.

Then, not long afterwards, Scandinavian shipmates showed me newspaper cuttings about their athletes crossing into Russia for blood-doping. Over many decades there have been so many more examples of crooked officials and cheating athletes, and so many broken promises to clean up the drug-fuelled image of the Olympics.

Those making and taking illicit pharmaceuticals are more sophisticated than ever, and always several steps ahead of the testing authorities.

Still, the glitz and glory is just too much to be ignored by media organizations, who pay huge amounts for broadcast rights; despite the Games usually being a huge economic drain on host countries. We don’t easily forget the 2010 Financial Fiascolympics held in Vancouver and Whistler, and B.C.’s taxpayers will never truly learn how much those Games really cost.

As for Sochi, the biggest game in that Black Sea resort may soon be how to survive the “Sea Of Red Ink”, after breaking all spending records and all the banks.

No thanks, CBC, you can keep your 100 Days Countdown To Sochi; we’ll be going to bed with Lisa La Flamme and her CTV team from now on.

Bernie Smith,

Parksville

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Port Alberni residents gather to protest racism

Peaceful Drive By Protest planned for Thursday

San Group opens new sawmill in B.C.

It’s the first mill in 15 years to be built on west coast

Drive-in movie coming to Port Alberni

Event limited to 50 vehicles due to COVID-19

City of Port Alberni’s security program open to all residents

Matching grant program offers 50 percent reimbursement for security upgrades

Hundreds of cars participate in second Port Alberni Cruise for Care

Event was a salute to frontline workers at seniors’ care homes

VIDEO: A Vancouver Island black bear takes weekend nap in eagle tree

Videos captured by Terry Eissfeldt shows the bear arriving Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday

An ongoing updated list of Alberni Valley events affected by COVID-19

Has your event been cancelled or postponed? Check here

Summer tubing ban on Cowichan River lifted

The Tube Shack opening on June 27

NDP getting COVID-19 wage subsidy ‘indirectly,’ B.C. Liberal leader says

B.C. NDP says Andrew Wilkinson is wrong about federal link

Parent, superintendent, trustee report smooth return to classrooms in B.C.

The biggest challenge is convincing families that it’s safe, some say

Vancouver Island grizzlies: moving in, or just passing through?

Lack of data makes seeming increase in grizzly sightings on the North Island an open question

Most Read