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I DO NOT AGREE WITH ED’S DECISION
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, gang, this has not been an incredibly fun week where I live after the announcement that our mayor does not intend to seek a second term. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Will Not Seek Re-Election
Where I live, we tend to not complicate the description of a good man with a lot of labels which smack of stereotyping. Ed Murray is a very nice guy and a dedicated politician who has served both the state and my city. He was raised in the Alki Beach neighborhood of Seattle and used to dream of a career in politics.
Now, in the midst of an imminently successful one, moribund allegations which have already been investigated and found groundless have surfaced. Ed is afraid that sexual scandal will distract voters from the real issues. He is also worried about the pain it will cause his same-gender spouse, to whom he has been happily married for a reckonable stretch now.
I have been involved in politics in one way or another in California, Oregon and Washington since 1977, when this magazine’s offset monthly precursor was born. California governor Jerry Brown was one of its readers and I ran in Sacramento media circles. A lot of us hung out at David’s Brass Rail and at Maurice’s New American.
I do not agree with Ed Murray’s decision. I think he does not have enough faith in his constituency and in his domestic relationship. That is the way of some strong people who are also protective. Sometimes they assume when they should ask. I know that type too well. I am one.
But, God please forgive me, I find myself wishing Ed Murray had the guts and backbone of so many of his constituents who have manned or gone to the wall for their neighbors, regardless the risks involved, simply because it is always the right thing to do.
I hope Ed changes his mind and I hope others are not “inspired” by his example. Mayor Murray is exactly what Seattle needs now. His decision leaves a void that will not easily be filled.
And on that note, then, folks? Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
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Black Sea near Odessa. Photo by Olya Bereza
HELLO, FROM QUIET ODESSA
Hello, Rusty, from quiet Odessa:
I have never seen this Black sea city so quiet before but maybe the reason is that the majority of tourists went to capital of Ukraine to see the finals of Eurovision contest. It’s nice to have the entire beach to myself, meditating while watching the waves to lap against the shore. What can be more relaxing that a sound of the sea? Today I’m that philosopher Hedgehog character from childish story that I wrote on the shores of Odessa some time go Hedgehog the Fisher.
This week has definitely been good for Ukraine. First, the above-mentioned contest attracted some more attention and tourist money to the country. Second the European Union has finally approved visa-free travel for Ukrainians to visit all member states. So, next month the EU is to open its borders for Ukrainians wishing to come as tourists, ‘a giant step’ as it was called in this article Definitely, it will help for miy country to develop towards European standards.
Talking about Odessa, it is fantastic even if, in the last several decades, it has also become a bit of a derelict city. Ironically, however, as ancient as it is, it was designed for the future, which probably accounts ~ to a large extent ~ for why it has remained the best sea resort of Ukraine and probably Eastern Europe.
It is not, however, easiest of tourist destinations to reach. The airport is small and mostly for incountry flights. The trains going here are quite old and worn out. Odessa and the region really need more modern Intercity fast trains like the ones to Kyiv but also from Lviv to Odessa as Lviv is a major gateway of Western tourists, and maybe to other cities. Another point that kept tourists away from the city was the controversy surrounding cracks in the foundation of the Odessa Opera House.
But that is no longer in the media and the Opera House is enjoying a great season. Other changes, perhaps minor alone, but very good in total, are like the talk I have heard of more people renting apartments in Odessa and Belarus tourists who have been away for three years are now returning. Since property is still relatively undervalued there, Odessa also provides some beautiful investment opportunities.
And shall I mention Odessa Opera House is one of the most beautiful in Europe? And this time, during my holiday here, I am going there to enjoy a performance.
That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you. Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com: For comments on this please go here.
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Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.
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