The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
May 14, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 37

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) businessinsider.com –


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.

Rusty Miller

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Black Sea near Odessa. Photo by Olya Bereza


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.

Rusty Miller, who was raised in Northern California, now lives in Seattle, Washington, in the American Pacific Northwest. He is a journalist, author and photographer now living in Seattle, Washington.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries. Admittedly a demographic rainbow, they share a strong, passionate and proactive desire to help make our world a better place. We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here. If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless. RM/OB

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About minstrel312

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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