Re "Opening ceremony in Sochi forgot reality" (Editorials, Feb. 11): In its criticism, The Bee got the arguments right but the conclusion wrong.
The ceremony pointed to Peter the Great's Westernization, 19th Century flowering of literature and music, 20th Century transformation from a feudal society to industrial powerhouse, victory in World War II, achievements in space and standards of living.
Yes, Russia has more than a fair share of difficult episodes in its 1,000-year history. Repressive actions and values under dictators and Communists remain anathema to us.
But an Olympic opening ceremony should show admirable and glorious aspects of a country's culture and achievements. It is not the place to show the dark side. This pageant did a wonderful job with that message, and Americans should appreciate it.
-- Peter Hathaway, Fair Oaks