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HERE’S TO JAY, ED, PATTY & MARIA
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. After spending as much time with the current American president as we have the past two, I’ve concluded that this one is just not real good for my digestion. While the dictates of this job of bringing you guys information you can use to make your own lives better preclude totally ignoring this particular chief of the eagles, I am finding that less of Donald and more of Jay, Ed, Patty and Maria is much more appropriate and better for my health.
I am glad I have that alternative. My governor, mayor and two US Senators are all in the Mr. Smith Goes To Washington mold. They are nice, honest, decent and hard-working people who truly enjoy public service and have proven very good at it. Our governor, Jay Inslee has also served in Congress and perhaps now more than at any other time in recent history, we need state leaders with that kind of experience.
Our happily married gay mayor, Ed Murray, has also served in both houses of the state legislature and has been active in local and state politics most of his professional life. He has also been a leader of the alternative genders movement and has managed to empower that community without the homophobic backlash that often accompanies a more military approach. He’s proven himself a capable administrator with integrity and courage. He and the City Council have declared Seattle a sanctuary city and are prepared to go to the wall for everyone who lives here.
Patty Murray (no relation to Seattle’s mayor) and Maria Cantwell have been serving our state in the “other Washington” for over two decades. Patty was elected in 1992, the first female from our state to hold that office, and has been re-elected ever since. Maria, our junior senator, had experience in both Olympia and the US House of Representatives before being elected to her present office in 2001.
With individuals such as these manning our own walls, we ourselves are prepared to give the present national administration a chance. We will not permit it, however, to compromise our way of life and what thousands of men and women in our state have fought and in some cases, died, to preserve. Sorry, Donald. It ain’t gonna happen.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear. Rusty Miller
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This time I would like to share a very promising news story I found on investments in Ukraine in an area very important to ecology, electric cars. Unfortunately the source does not have an English version, so this is my translation.
BOOM IN THE SPHERE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES SOON TO HAPPEN IN UKRAINE
In Ukraine, the government is going to increase the investment attractiveness in the field of electric vehicles, introducing subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles, as well as initiating own production. By 2020, the Ministry of Infrastructure intends to increase the proportion of electric vehicles up to 15% in the total sales.
In addition, when buying a car with zero emissions, the Ukrainians will be able to recoup some of the costs for an electric car purchase.
In 2017, the head of the Ministry of Infrastructure Vladimir Omeljan predicts the world’s three largest automobile producers to come to the local market. The general list of potential investors in the field of electric vehicles includes: Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Honda, Hyundai, Suzuki, GM and Fiat.
From myself I will add that hopefully soon it will be just “not cool” to use “stinky” cars. I’m really looking forward to when those taking a walk near a motorway or in a city during busy hours will not be poisoned by emissions of hundreds cars.
That’s it for this week. Stay warm, my cousin Mishka.
I totally agree, Olya. I’m saving up for a Nissan Leaf and 4,800 km of extension cord. RM
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Rusty Miller and Olya Bereza, editors. I’m an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington. Olya, 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.
The weekly magazine she and I write and publish now reaches 22 nations. As demographically diverse as they are, our readers share a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place. We are both proud and honored to be a resource for them in that regard.
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