Loser: People handling cash without supervision, property not being documented properly, bank deposits that violate procedures — these are the kinds of things an audit of Salt Lake County's many agencies found this week.
It all sounds terrible, but one must remember that Salt Lake County is the second-largest government in the state (behind the state, itself), and that it often relies on part-time, seasonal help for things like parks and recreation. Still, this is your tax money we're talking about, and the county ought to do better.
The county's Audit Division has announced it will sponsor workshops designed to help employees adhere to procedures. That's a good start, but it requires strict follow-up.
Loser: Maybe, as officials from the NBA and the NHL claim, the United States Olympic Committee should have talked to the leagues before issuing an edict that all participants in the Olympic Games must submit to random drug tests up to a year before they compete. But, really now, why should any athlete complain? Any drug-free athlete, that is?
Both professional leagues this week hinted they may not participate in the Olympics if their players, who are subject to labor union contracts, have to put up with drug-inspectors showing up unannounced on their doorsteps, the way they do with the less well-heeled athletes who compete in other events.
Frankly, their protests seem a little suspect. The USOC's position was summed up best by the USOC's chief executive officer, Scott Blackmun, who told the New York Times, " ... if we start to customize our anti-doping policy to accommodate the Dream Teams, we're not being consistent with our message."
Winner: Many folks may have trouble understanding why Utah's Richard Jones felt he needed to row his way across the Atlantic Ocean, but the spirit of adventure has always eluded a firm description. Any way one looks at it, though, Jones' reunion with his family this week in the Bahamas was a triumph. His five-month odyssey de-
manded bravery as he fought the effects of isolation, the elements and, ultimately, a harrowing escape from death as his boat capsized during a night rescue from dangerous waters near jagged reefs.
One doesn't need to fully understand Jones, nor does one need to emulate him, in order to admire him.