OLYMPICS AND SHINY THINGS
The Closing ceremonies of the 2014 Olympics were a spectacle of light and movement. I, like many others, obsessively watched as many events as I could, or more realistically, as many events as were broadcast. During commercial breaks, I , probably unlike many others, scoured various news outlets for up-dates on Ukraine and Venezuela. At first little mention was made of the events in these places, but the media finally started catching up. A huge disappointment was NBC's dredging up the Kerrigan/ Harding affair. Seriously?!?!? With all that was going on around the globe and a slew of other stories they could have shared, this is what NBC chose to waste an hour on? I much preferred to see their shorts on some of the athletes and how they got to the Games. That is the sort of story I would share with my students, not the Kerrigan/Hardy old news. While the media is focused on Olympic athletes at the moment, we know from past experience that one will be hard-pressed to find coverage of most of these Winter events between now and the next Winter Olympics. On to the next shiny thing! ~ The Wife, Elise
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Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.