I am responding to your article “Doping no big surprise, locals say,” Journal, Jan. 20.
I have to say, I agree with Mr. (Brad) Kearns that it is not a surprise that Lance Armstrong has been doing dope. Humans are competitive, and when we see a chance to be better than everyone else in a competition, we almost always take it.
No one is perfect, and that’s why everyone wants to be. I am not defending Armstrong. I’m just saying that it makes sense, and shouldn’t be a shock to anyone.
He definitely made a bad choice by waiting so long to confess. If he hadn’t been so afraid to confess, maybe he wouldn’t have been disgraced as much as he was.
Maybe some people, instead of acting like he isn’t a good person, would think of him as brave and humble. Maybe if he donated the same amount of money as he spent on drugs to his charity foundation, it would have softened the scorn and disgrace. Most likely he still would have lost his trophies, but at least everyone wouldn’t hate him.
All I am saying is that he made a bad choice, and then made it worse. Even if he had waited as long as he did, there were so many better ways to go about his confession speech, like the ways I mentioned above, and the ways you mentioned in the article.
RYAN HILL, student, Auburn