A headline in the Sports section of the Portland Press Herald’s print edition Feb. 8 read “Leaving the real world behind.” In the first two paragraphs, the writers left the Olympics behind and started a political argument against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The reporters wrote, “The world’s premier athletes on ice and snow have more to worry about than geopolitics … .” However, the authors had many other things to write about. The opening of the Olympics got short shrift.

The idea of the Olympics was to keep politics out of sports. The Press Herald is not helping. I watched the opening on TV and would have enjoyed a sports writer’s description of the event.

Charles Brown
Brunswick