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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

June 12, 2016  No. 453

women leaders


Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As most of you know, this magazine does not ~ as a rule ~ discuss politics because if we started with one country, to be fair, we would need to discuss the politics of the 22 countries you all are from.

However, like most rules, has an occasional exception.  Unless Americans are stupid enough to vote for one of the most outrageous individuals in the history of the species, the United States will, in January of next year, swear in its first lady chief executive.

In that regard, America is late in joining the international community.  There are 18 women world leaders now and the historical pantheon of them is a long parade.  Closer to home, in Washington state, where I live, we have been well served by two lady governors, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, and certainly by our two senators, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.

In response to one of our state legislators running for re-election, I would say, find some good things to say about your opponent.  Maintain the moral high ground you defend so well.  Run a clean, simple and honest campaign.

I think you will find that this is what the constituency really wants.  It’s not about winning or losing.  It is about making it work.  If that costs you an election, it will enhance your reputation in other ways and make it possible for you to be of even greater value and service to the constituencies you obviously love so much.  Go for it, Tina.

Have a great week, gang.  And thanks again, then, eh, for the ear.


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Hi Mishka:

Thousands, if not millions of people are now in the midst of a football craze that embraces Europe in a good way whilst the spirit of competition among nations brings people to their television sets or has them socializing in sports bars supporting their respective teams. The luckiest will be there in person and, of course, enjoy it for real. The European Football Championship started on 10 June in France and will most certainly provide unforgettable memories to all those who are not indifferent to this kind of sports.

But there is another side, for France holding championship is quite a challenge as the dissatisfaction of working people with current labor policy grows which spiraled into mass strikes and street demonstrations.

According to an article by Fran Blandy on Ultrasurf headlined Strike-Hit France Scrambles To Ensure Smooth Euro 2016, “while striking workers have varying demands, they are united against labor reforms which the government forced through Parliament without a vote, which prompted a bitter standoff with the unions.”

Our prayers are with The Third Republic and here is wishing all participants safe and enjoyable games. Viva La France

That’s it for this week.  Stay safe, my cousin Mishka.

Olya Bereza, European Editor  To comment for publication, email her c/o 


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MERRITT SCOTT MILLER Bio Wrath of the Testament Author and Northstar Journal editor Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller is a former newspaper reporter who has published extensively in the Pacific Northwest and several times nationally. A U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, he began his career in the alternative media of the mid-Seventies. His own Sacramento-based monthly ~ Rapline ~ drew praise from Sacramento BEE metro columnist Herb Michelson in a column published that that newspaper; and from Berkeley Film Quarterly editor and author of the bestsellers Ecotopia and Ecotopia Emerging, Ernest Callenbach. A Northern California native with roots in British Columbia, Mr. Miller has written for several Northwest community newspapers, United Press International, the daily Portland Oregonian and for such Seattle publications as the Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Press and the University Herald. As an investigative reporter for the McMinnville, Oregon News-Register ~ and in conjunction with CBS News in New York, Washington, DC and Flagstaff, Arizona ~ Mr. Miller localized a story of alleged Contra gun-running by an international air freight company headquartered in that Willamette Valley community. During the 1987 Angel Complex Fire in southern Oregon, Mr. Miller worked as the lead dispatcher for the U.S. Forest Service and covered the disaster for National Public Radio and as a special writer for the Portland, Oregonian. His 1988 series on child abuse for a rural weekly earned him praise from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. In his career as a journalist, Mr. Miller has interviewed a Nobel peace laureate; an internationally renowned abstract artist; a popular folksinger and various Pacific Northwest elected officials, include a state treasurer and governor. An accomplished travel book writer, Mr. Miller has penned demographic and feature copy for the “Best Choices” series on Eastern Washington, British Columbia, Virginia, South Carolina and Atlanta. As either a contract or staff publicist, he has served a host of clients including the Olympia Music Festival, Umpqua Valley Community Hospital, the City of Canyonville, the Tiller Ranger District, The English School, the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners, Yamhill County Assessor Kim Worrell and Workers of Oregon Development. His freelance publications include: United Press International, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Portland Oregonian, Forest World, American Trucking, Trucks, Oregon Adventures, Oregon Education, Old Oregon, The Entertainer, the Seattle Press, the San Juan Island Sounder, Northwest Passage, Northwest Connection, Seattle Source, Seattle Forum, the University of Colorado’s Writers Forum, Clouds, The long Beach Literary Journal and the Pacific Media Group. He has worked since the age of 13 and has been a hop harvester, professional musician, civil servant, forester, convenience market clerk, lumber mill worker, temporary word processor, technical writer and editor. He has also led a social services research and development team and has six years of radio and telephone communications experience. His interests include astronomy, aviation, camping, Canada, communications, conversation, cooking, dancing, economic development, education, environmentalism, exploration, film/DVDs, fine dining, government, green technology, health. History, human rights, International community, Internet media, law, literature, marine engineering & design, medicine, music, nature, networking, outdoors, pets, photography, romance, science, sexuality, technology, travel, water, wildlife His honors and awards include: Letter of Appreciation - Amnesty International; US Senator Patti Murray Letter of Appreciation for The Northstar Journal Blog; Editors Choice, International Library of Poetry; Congressman Edward Murray Letter of Appreciation; Congressman Frank Chopp Letter of Appreciation; Hersch Best Read on the Net Award for The Northstar Journal; President Bill Clinton Letter of Appreciation; Workers Of Oregon Development Certificate of Appreciation; City of Canyonville Police Department Certificate of Appreciation; City of Canyonville Mayor’s Office Certificate of Appreciation; California Supreme Court Justice Rose Bird Letter of Appreciation; Northwest Magazine Editorial Board Letter of Appreciation for Rain; Editorial Award, Society of Professional Journalists; Sacramento Bee Metro Column; Honor Roll: California State University Long Beach; Deans List: Long Beach City; Mr. Miller currently resides in Seattle, Washington, where he continues to edit and publish The Northstar Journal. He is working on two novels concurrently and a sequel to Wrath of the Testament.
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