Some Globe columnist who isn't Shirley Leung took the time last week to wail about how we coulda been a world-class contenda, if only we weren't such penurious little bastards too scared to dream and spend big.
Not quite, as Evan Falchuk reminds us:
The Olympics died because voters weren't willing to "spend big?" That can't be it: Olympics organizers said, from the beginning, that taxpayers wouldn't have to "spend big," or even at all.
No, the Olympic bid died because Olympic organizers - and their enablers in our government - acted with disdain for democracy and transparency. What broke the back of the Olympics was the fact that we had organized a coalition of citizens to get a binding referendum on the Olympics, and organizers knew their plans couldn't survive the light of day.