Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - This is no time to be curmudgeonly. Hundreds of people have died up in the mountains above Rio, and the death toll will reach 1,000 once the bodies of the disappeared are found, long downriver or under rubble. Tens of thousands of people have lost their friends and their relatives, their homes and their possessions, their pets and their hope.

Thousands of businesses have had to shut . . .

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The Curmudgeon moved to Rio over forty years ago, and remained there until late 2018. He's been writing political commentary for The Rio Times for nine years. He once referred to himself as a WASP (look it up) but doesn't any more because it embarrasses him.