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Hi Rusty & Our Readers:
On a smaller scale, this same tragedy happened year ago in Ukraine too when simply not following fire precautions led to drama A Terrible Fire In Odessa Children’s Camp
Where greed leads, the price of corruption has horrible consequences. I would like to share that FaceBook “Cry From The Heart” message that is so true. I am praying the message will be heard.
“As long as you steal, we will perish. And no matter who you are: a small worker, a foreman, or an official. As long as you steal, we will die.
“While you are silent, we will perish. While you give bribes, do not notice violations, sign the papers without first reading, we will perish.
“While you do not know your own rights and do not want to become free, we will perish.
“We are your children and grandchildren, your parents, friends and acquaintances. And we will perish.
“We did everything we could” officials with short fingers on fat hands would answer. You keep silent. And we will perish.
“While you are afraid, while choosing the easy ways instead of the right ones, until you honestly look into your eyes, we will die.
“In the corridors of hospitals, police stations, foreign wars, our own homes and on our own neighborhood streets, we will perish.”
The history of Kemerovo can, at any time, be repeated anywhere but especially where the power of law and law itself is negligible. And that is in the minds of the citizens temselves.
Do not you think that ruined lives are too expensive a catalyst for consciousness?
They say rules are written with blood. Ironically, that is why those rules were written in the first place.
Simple rules exist to save lives.
That’s all for now. Take care, Mishka. Olya Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.
Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine. Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments, please go here.
WITH HEART IN ONE HAND AND SWORD IN THE OTHER
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. I am one of the most gullible people I know and I’ve always been fairly easy to con, deceive, exploit, politic, proselytize, put down, swindle and use. I also have a unique capacity for survival and adaptation and for retaining a firm belief in, passion for and dedication to a Frank Capra/Norman Rockwell world in which sentimentality is the salt of the earth and schmaltz is the staff of life.
My own life hasn’t been a whole lot like that but there have been enough times of no more wishes, no regrets and no more good byes. And as I remind those around me occasionally, I didn’t get this old by being entirely foolish. I’ve outlived most of those who have tried to hurt me, my family, my friends, my community and my country. And I’ve not wasted time on revenge.
What I’ve sought to do, instead, is protect who and what I love from the predatory, at the same time trusting perhaps not so much in a higher power as in the forward momentum of destructive behavior carrying its source over the cliff.
I also have a firm, enduring and unshakeable belief in a god Who sometimes gives dispensation to those She finds intrinsically compassionate, if not often confused and who live with heart in one hand and sword in the other
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear. Rusty
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