Opinion

Senior Games prove that age is no barrier to healthy life

More than 2,000 senior athletes are proving this weekend that an active lifestyle can add the thrill of friendly competition to the enjoyment of one’s golden years.

The annual Washington State Senior Games wrap up tomorrow with swimming, bowling, pickle ball, table tennis and other events taking place at various venues around the South Sound. It’s the culmination of four days of competition in 23 sports, although other events, such as cycling, softball, golf and archery concluded earlier in July.

Many elite athletes competed this year because it is a qualifying year for the 2013 National Senior Games.

Organizing chairman Jack Kiley and his board of directors enlisted the help of more than 150 volunteers to stage the games and, as usual, did a tremendous job.

The real winners, though, are the 50-and-older seniors who have committed themselves to an active lifestyle, which makes them feel and look healthy besides preventing chronic diseases.

The rains stayed away (mostly) and the crowds came. It was a banner year for Capital Lakefair.

Fair-goers filled the coffers of local nonprofits that rely on the festival for a majority of their annual fundraising, so the money spent on burgers and lemonade is ultimately recirculated to good causes throughout the community.

What Lakefair needs now is an influx of fresh volunteers willing to take one of the South Sound’s featured events to the next level.

In the wake of the Colorado movie theater tragedy, any incident involving guns will be highly scrutinized. But there’s no nice way to say that Matt Shea, a state representative from Spokane Valley, did a really stupid thing.

The legislator was charged with carrying a loaded handgun in his pickup truck without a valid concealed weapons permit. He came to the attention of police after a road rage incident and erratic driving during which one driver was threatening with a handgun.

Shea, seeking re-election this fall, is an attorney serving on a House committee with jurisdiction over some firearms legislation.

The campaign to elect Bob Ferguson as our state’s Attorney General ran afoul of TVW this week. It reused footage from the state’s public affairs network in a political advertisement being shown on YouTube.

Ferguson’s campaign had not pulled down the ad, despite requests from TVW, citing its policy of not allowing the use or reuse of its programming for political or commercial purposes.

The people who want their candidate to become the state’s top lawyer should know better.

Both of the leading candidates to replace Gov. Chris Gregoire said they were disappointed by the Boy Scouts of America, which reaffirmed its policy to exclude gays.

Their statements show how far public opinion on sexual orientation has shifted. We’re glad Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee spoke out on the issue while embroiled in a close race to lead the state.

We hope similar bipartisan support for gay rights will transfer over to the general election and that voters will approve Referendum 74, reaffirming the law passed by the Legislature to allow same-sex marriages.

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