Letter to the Editor

Olympics swell patriotic hearts

Thursday, September 9, 2004

To the editor:

What can be more exciting and profitable than the Olympics with skills exhibited and friends gained. Every time history is made, joy as well as disappointment are felt. But isn't that the way the wheel always turns?

Many waited in anticipation to see this great event take place. The opening ceremony of the Olympics with thousands of people running with a torch was both moving and impressive. The fireworks made it spectacular.

Years of exhaustive training are required of those who enter. However, feelings of joy, satisfaction and reward are felt by each for the honor of being part of this special event.

Where I reside a parade was held to usher in the opening ceremony. Being president of the council, I had the pleasure of carrying the torch. Flags representing each nation followed. We didn't have the fireworks or the pageantry, but our imaginations took care of that.

Most of all, patriotism was all around. Isn't that the point that counts?

PAULA E. KEMPE, Cape Girardeau