Subscriber content preview. or Sign In
The Sochi Olympics The cover illustration for TIME’s Feb. 10 Olympics preview issue, with its rings of barbed wire, sparked debate among readers about Vladimir Putin’s promised “ring of steel” against terrorists–which some say comes at the expense of civil liberties. On Morning Joe, though, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski noted one upside: “[The tumult in Russia] is a terrible reason for it, but I think people will be taking an interest in foreign affairs for the first time because the Olympics are so universally engaging.” Meanwhile, David Beard of the Washington Post suggested an alternate cover line (“New TIME cover: Not ‘Tears For Fears & Cheers?’”), and on Twitter, Larissa Qat found Time’s coverage of Putin’s fortresslike Olympic site distressing: “Is this what the #Olympics has turned into!!!”
Elite San Francisco A story on the city’s tech-wealth-driven transformation led Roberto Chavez of Arvada, Colo., to suggest that the line in the famous Scott McKenzie song “San Francisco” be updated to advise: “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some dollars in your hair.” Peter Cohen, an affordable-housing executive in the city, praised writer Katy Steinmetz’s “critically important insight” but took issue with her citing a “conventional wisdom” supply-demand argument made by defenders of gentrification: “Clearly the housing-affordability problem is anything but a simple matter of undersupply and overdemand.