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What Do You Think?

October 03, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Wednesday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Which city should be named host of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games?

Results: Chicago, 276 votes (36.9 percent); Madrid, 97 votes (13 percent); Rio de Janeiro, 288 votes (38.6 percent); Tokyo, 86 votes (11 percent)

o "How about Hagerstown? We could close the first block of South Potomac Street and have it in the Arts and Entertainment District."

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o "It would be great for our nation to host the games and show the world we are not all closed-minded imperialists who dislike different nations/cultures and people. Not to mention the money that would be made from all the tourists coming to our great nation."

o "I suppose hosting the Olympics in one's country is an honor of some sort. Would it help or hurt Chicago and the U.S. financially?"

o "Who in the world thought Chicago had enough space to host the Olympics to even give them consideration? I think it'd be neat to have them in the U.S. again, but find a place with some space. Imagine the flock of people from all over the world coming to the area to see the games. Have an infrastructure that can handle that amount of traffic and has facilities to host the events themselves. If an adequate U.S. city can't be found or made available for the event, I'm all for Rio or Madrid."

o "I'm all for the Olympics in the USA, but I don't know if Chicago would be the best choice. Sure, it might bring in $22 billion and create some temporary jobs and tourism, but the Beijing Olympics cost that city an estimated $50 billion. So if Chicago is so broke, how is it they can even bid? Doesn't the Olympic committee do credit checks?"

o "I have read somewhere that no South American country has hosted an Olympics. Therefore, to be fair, let it be Rio."

o "It is not our turn to host another Olympic Games. We just hosted the Atlanta games in 1996, so why shouldn't more countries have a chance before us again?"

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