At a time that there is a hostile environment between the U.S. and Iran, it was refreshing to read the “As I See It” column by Nancy Cramer, (6/7, Opinion, “A breathtaking journey to Iran”).
Cramer’s views, based on three weeks of observation and interaction with ordinary Iranians, expressed a positive experience. Her column demonstrates the importance of intercultural relationship and communication among peoples and nations.
On the other hand, it was a sad commentary to read a different opinion by another reader, Frank J. Smist Jr. (6/11, Letters). His reply appeared to be very narrow and was objecting to a sincere expression of a teacher who actually had a good experience in Iran.
While he was finding celebration in the teacher’s retirement so she would not expose her students to “ignorance,” apparently he had no difficulty exposing the Kansas City community to his own narrow view.