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LETTER: Proud of our Canadian athletes’ competitive spirit

After watching the Olympics, may I say how proud I was of the competitive spirit of our Canadian athletes. They were up against tremendous odds, but that didn’t flag their enthusiasm. Some did win medals and were deserving of same, but to those who didn’t medal I offer my congratulations on true spirit of competition and “that old college try.”
I guess what galls me the most is the government can bail out banks and major conglomerates to the tune of billions of dollars yet they cannot support those who are Canada’s future.
To those who say the money could be better spent on other things rather than on Canadian athletes, may I ask where they were when all these other bailouts took place. Not a word from most of them.
First and foremost it has to be the recognition of Canadian achievement, whether it be in sports or any other field or endeavour, that should be what we show the rest of the world. Not the tax money thrown away on countries that cannot handle their own financial situation due to ineptness or just plain misuse at the top end.
Gerald Soehner
Hamilton Mountain

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