With Vitriol and Venom Boston Public Brings Olympics Debate to Halt

If there were an Olympic medal for acrimony, Boston would take the gold. The debate over the city's embattled bid to host the 2024 Summer Games has featured F-bombs at public hearings, shouting matches and online abuse in both directions. Regardless of whether the bid advances, some say the venom and vitriol represent a new low in a city where political disagreement long has been a blood sport. "This has been damaging to our discourse. It's a wound to our civic morale," said Ed Lyons, a Boston political activist whose arguments in favor of the Olympics have been met with profanity on social media.