OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO KYRGYZSTAN
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This time I want to share verbatim a very moving post of my acquaintance from Kyrgyzstan about three days ago concerning the Kyrgyzstan freight plane which crashed into village near the capital Bishkek:
Catharsis. Nation unites over victory or grief.
7-year-old boy who went to school in the morning and came out of the ashes of his house and did not find anyone …
A woman once lost three children under the rubble of his home …
The man who went to work in Russia and lost a whole family of seven people …
The young father in whose bedroom flew parts of plane but with a daughter they miraculously survived …
Human sorrow, silent consternation, scream stuck in her throat.
I am often in this village where most of the dwellers- ethnic Kyrgyz from neighboring countries and internal migrants from different areas. This hard-working people with calloused hands who breed cattle and grow wheat.
But even in this sorrow I’m thankful to ordinary people who organized help people in need, provided food and mattresses. People helped silently, without unnecessary big words. After all, it is not about things and money …
Silent actions of people, a nation that can empathize with the human misery, that nation is able to open heart to the pain of ordinary people.”
Kyrgyz citizens living abroad can raise funds here.
Rusty, I totally respect this dedication to help co-citizens. Neighboring Kazakhstan provided their assistance too and that is a great example of co-operation.
Unfortunately on an almost daily basis, we hear about plane tragedies. Hopefully there is a way to change this.
Happy New Year, Mishka. Stay warm, my cousin. See you next week.
Olya Bereza – European Editor ` Пятница, 30 декабря 2016, 14:53 +03:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:
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Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. As is my peculiar custom since I first voted in a national election (No, Olya, it was not for Thomas Jefferson or the other guy), I totally tuned out Inauguration Day.
I want to make it perfectly clear, you see, however, that this is not because I have anything personal against imminent presidents. It’s just that by the time they get where they’re going, they’ve said about all that can be said and I’ve already heard the rest.
I did listen to my mayor and I liked what he and the City of Seattle had to say. We know how to be Americans out here. Considering what some of our ancestors went through to get here ~ mine sailed in steerage ~ we tend to be a rather tough and self-sufficient lot, legal marijuana, a thriving LGBT community, hoodies and immigrants from every patch of land on the planet notwithstanding.
The challenges our region faces were not created by a bunch of people in Washington, DC trying to juggle “what’s best” for us and every other region in America (if not the world). They are endemic to our specific social and economic evolution. We are the last part of the continental US to be settled so our destiny is still pretty much in our own hands.
We know what we have here and we’ve demonstrated what we’re willing to do to nurture, defend and protect it. We’re the populists Donald Trump thought voted for him. While we’re not consciously trying to lead the nation, if the rest of the country likes the direction we’re headed, there’s always room in the boat for those who can pull their own weight.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear. Rusty
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