Olympic Games are about Com­mu­nity

Calgary Herald - - LETTERS -

What I find the sad­dest and most frus­trat­ing about the neg­a­tive No Olympics side, apart from end­less cy­ber­bul­ly­ing, is their in­sis­tence that ev­ery de­ci­sion be made based on a sim­pli­fied in­come state­ment. Their de­mand to see one num­ber in the black.

If that’s the best way to run a com­mu­nity, why do we have pub­lic schools? Or nu­mer­ous Stam­pede Break­fasts, New Year’s Eve and Canada Day cel­e­bra­tions, recre­ational ice rinks, com­mu­nity cen­tres, li­braries or street fes­ti­vals?

None of th­ese bring in the big rev­enues they are look­ing for. I say they are for­get­ting about the in­tan­gi­bles.

I want to live in a com­mu­nity that is healthy and fit, en­gaged, in­formed and ed­u­cated, one that goes out and in­ter­acts with one an­other and kicks up its heels once in a while to have a good time.

This is part of what the 2026 Olympic Games bid is all about; an in­vest­ment in our com­mu­nity. Craig Drebit, Cal­gary


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