A better Sochi focus

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With all the beauty and hard work that the Russians have put in to making this Olympics a real event, the American media have to pick on what is not beautiful — the unfinished rooms in hotels

I have lived on both sides of the Atlantic and both sides of the reception desk in a hotel. Years ago, when I lived in my native country of Scotland, I was a receptionist in the best hotel in Edinburgh, the Caledonian. We had many American visitors whom we regarded as very spoiled in their demands for the luxuries of domestic conveniences.

On the other side of the desk, as a visitor to Edinburgh, I was called “a spoiled American” by a receptionist when I demanded a room with a shower and an elevator. I got both, but the shower was so complex I could not work it and the elevator door was a menacing heavy-chained contraption that I had to pull open and shut.

The moral being that Americans have it all, and we should be thankful for what we have, but the truth is that Americans do not realize that most of the world is tragically without the luxurious conveniences we enjoy.

Instead of picking on the bad, let us rejoice in the fact that the Russians have done a great job in showing us the beauties of Sochi and the pride in which they are showing it to the world.

Let us praise the positive and pray for the negative.


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