You knew what you had to do; and you did it with focus, style and grace

The commentary of Stamos Zoulas in the edition on August 17 was absolutely right. I am an American who has the honor of counting several Greek people as closest friends, both here and in Athens. What makes me so proud of you is that you overcame all the obstacles people tried to put in your path: political, financial, media, perceptions by other countries, security, all of it. You knew what you had to do for these Games, and you persevered, and you did it with focus, style and grace. I was completely impressed and filled with joy and wonder at the opening ceremony, and the work of each and every person involved. The result was spectacular, and well worth every hour you rehearsed. I read this paper daily, and I keep a finger on the pulse in Greece; you have challenges ahead, and yet I know you will persevere there too. One reason I respect Greeks so much is because, even as you disagree with my country’s politics (and so do I), you see me as a person, not a nationality. The Greek people I have come to know and love celebrate the various peoples of the world equally, and for that I hold Greeks in high regard. I was so proud of you for cheering for Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Palestine, and even Britain and the USA. You were a shining example of respect and dignity for all people that night, and I commend you for it. Well Done, Greece and all Greeks! MARIE-DOLORES ANDERSON, Cincinnati, USA.