Armstrong’s cheating can’t be discounted |

Armstrong’s cheating can’t be discounted

Dear Editor:

One can only hope that Roger Marolt’s article regarding the alleged use of performance enhancing drugs, and blood doping, by Mr. Lance Armstrong is indeed dripping with sarcasm after using a pen that has run dry (“The good, the bad, and an ugly mess for Lance,” May 27, 2011, The Aspen Times).

When I read the last line of the article, and I quote, “It just doesn’t matter that Lance lied and cheated,” I can only hope this was written in jest. No matter what contributions one makes to mankind, lying and cheating is a separate issue.

The good does not outweigh the bad. Lance Armstrong’s only source of redemption is to man up and tell the truth. We get it. Everyone was doing it. We all make mistakes. Laying blame on the shoulders of everyone involved in professional cycling and completely denying any participation is nothing short of pure cowardice.

What message are we sending young athletes, not to mention our children? It’s OK to lead your professional life with a blatant disregard for the rules, as long as you throw a boatload of money towards a noble cause and raise public awareness? Well, Lance, thanks for the heads up.

Olwen Thomson


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