I read John Kass' article about Ukrainian protesters. (“While Sochi shines, Ukraine burns,” Colum, Feb. 20)
It began reasonably by contrasting the splendor of the Sochi Olympics with the brave struggle of Ukrainians against Russian backed oppression. I thought that, perhaps, I was reading a thoughtful column by Kass.
Then, he made the statement that "The Russian way seems to be the Chicago way" in reference to hired thugs infiltrating protesters ranks.
Really, John, you're going to compare Chicago politics to a government that beats and kills people, allows gay people to be kidnapped and tortured, and sends female protesters to labor camps for protesting in a church? OK, we get it, you don't like Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but making that comparison trivializes the struggle for freedom in the Ukraine and Russia, as well as insulting Chicago.
Once again, John Kass has let his need for snarky remarks ruin what could have been a good commentary on the image Putin would like the world to see as opposed to the reality of Russia as it actually exists.
— Richard J. Quigley, Chicago
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