I respectfully disagree with Brian Kegerreis (8/9, Letters) about boycotting the Olympics. While I don’t condone the Chinese government’s actions and we both respect the athletes’ diligence and commitment, the similarity ends there.
I think watching the Olympics on TV is a great opportunity to teach children about other countries’ customs, personalities and convictions. Despite our world’s vast differences, each opinion matters, including those of my own kids, who just might come away with new insight based on what they see and learn. I particularly like the personal interest stories, which allow us to see the human side of each athlete highlighted. Some of it may be fluff, but you can’t buy that kind of education in a textbook.
If you don’t like China’s government, don’t buy their products. But don’t ignore the rest of the world’s involvement. It’s an opportunity for a concise history lesson that you can continue once the TV is turned off.
The human spirit is universal, and the Olympics just might be the only venue to get a world’s worth of perspective in a box, literally and figuratively speaking.
The opening ceremony for the Olympics was the most fantastic presentation I have ever seen. It was not only a superb production; it was also an engineering marvel.
The Chinese government deserves the highest accolades