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Stripping Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles at this late juncture doesn't seem to accomplish much, except to brand him as a cheat among cheats. With so many cyclists either accused of doping or caught doing it, the question is, How far down the order of finish do you have to go to find a clean rider?
Ray Phillips, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Bravo to Austin Murphy for his essay, which neatly wrapped up Armstrong's doping charges (SCORECARD). To see that 60% of those surveyed in your Instant Poll do not believe Armstrong is guilty, despite USADA's stockpile of damning testimony, just shows how passion for sports can cloud judgment.
J.Paul Zoccali, San Francisco
Armstrong's failure to enter an arbitration hearing with USADA is an admission of defeat, not guilt. If it can find an athlete guilty without any physical evidence, then no athlete is safe from persecution, which is daunting when you consider USADA is charged with protecting athletes' rights.
Rhea Morgan, Walland, Tenn.
You chose the wrong Sign of the Apocalypse (SCORECARD) last week. At a time when schools across the country are struggling, Carthage (Texas) High's new $750,000 JumboTron seems far more outrageous than an Oklahoma City school district's rules barring non-Oklahoma sports teams' apparel.
Richard Temkin, Farmington Hills, Mich.