Letters to the Editor

What if doping were legal?

A columnist asked this question in reference to Lance Armstrong, who lost all of his Tour de France medals and records because he was caught using performance enhancing drugs. The argument is, we sports fans want to see these athletes perform at their highest level. So why not legitimize such drugs?

First, it would be an artificial performance, and not natural. Second, it would pressure all athletes to use drugs in order to create an equal playing field. But it would not be equal, since there will always be more powerful drugs. Third, such drug use increases the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Athletes are souls, precious as anyone else. Their lives should not be destroyed for our fantasy. Laws are made to protect. Drug use is illegal because it is immoral. Our bodies are not our own, but God’s.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.