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I am honored to share with you another work by local Seattle area poet and writer, Roger Buss. Roger's deep sense of duty in raising the awareness of us all regarding the need for Human Rights recognition on our planet is manifest in the writing presented here. I invite you to read on...MA
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The attainment of a permanent condition of peace on our planet, if and when it comes, is dependent upon our recognition of our fundamental nature and our inherent rights and responsibilities that flow from it. I don't think it can be attained any other way. Please read on...MA (The photo below is Eleanor Roosevelt holding a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights after it was adopted by the United Nations in December, 1948)
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The apparent conflict between our basic freedoms and civil liberties and the need for national security was the subject of a remarkable speech delivered by John F. Kennedy in 1959, during the height of the Cold War. I recently had the opportunity to read the speech, and it is as relevant today as it was then, perhaps more so. Please read on...MA
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242 years ago a group of remarkable people put their lives on the line in order to found our country--the United States of America. The nation they created was unlike any that existed in the world at that time; one based on the premise that, as Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, "... all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." With another 4th of July now upon us, here once again is the incredible story of our nation's founding. Please take a few moments to read it, share it, and to remember...MA
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I am honored to present another work by local Seattle writer and poet, Roger Buss. Roger imbues his writing with an obvious love and respect for his fellow beings, but also with a unique understanding that man is spiritual, immortal and worthy of help. All this and more is apparent in this piece by Roger, “I See You There.” I invite you to read on…MA
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Introduction: Exactly 50 years ago, on April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated. In remembrance of him I am republishing here his famous article “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” , which was his response to critical comments made by eight white clergymen in Birmingham, Alabama in April of 1963 against King’s Birmingham campaign; a series of marches and sit ins protesting racism and segregation in that Alabama city. The white clergymen agreed in their comments, which were published in a local newspaper, that social injustice definitely existed, but that efforts to correct it and bring change should only occur through the courts and not through the non-violent civil disobedience tactics of King and his supporters. King became aware of the white clergymen’s criticisms when he read of them in the newspaper while sitting in a Birmingham jail after having been arrested for carrying out the marches despite a court injunction prohibiting such actions. He immediately began scribbling the notes of his response in the margins on the newspaper page and on scraps of paper he could lay his hands on, finally finishing his comments on a legal pad provided by his attorney. The various bits, pieces and pages of the letter were then given by Dr. King to his attorney who then took them to the movement’s headquarters where they were organized and edited for publication. Parts of the letter were first published in May of 1963 with first publication of the full letter happening a month later. It has, since then, been republished many times. In my publication of it here I have done my best to explain some of the terms and biblical and philosophical references King makes in his writing. You will find these footnoted throughout the article. Martin Luther King’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” still stands today as the most elegant defense of the need and use of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience when a people are confronted with the “legal” but immoral denial of their Civil and Human Rights. I encourage you to read it, and to remember…..MA
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I am pleased to present the following poem, “To Man” by local Seattle writer and poet Roger Buss. I have read a number of Roger’s poems, and they are all excellent; but “To Man” stands out to me. Speaking as it does, of not only the pain and suffering inherent in man, but of his worthiness of help and redemption, the work strikes a deep spiritual chord. Read it for yourself and see…MA
To Man–by Roger Buss
To Man–by Roger Buss
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Last year when I was doing research on the history of the “Bank for International Settlements,” I ran across the remarkable and heroic story of a man named Raoul Wallenberg, who virtually single handedly led a mission that saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from certain death in the Nazi concentration camps toward the end of World War II. Wallenberg was born into the famous Swedish Wallenberg family in 1912, two members of which, the brothers Jacob and Marcus, were the CEO and Deputy CEO respectively of the prominent Swedish Enskilda Bank before and during World War II. (Raoul’s grandfather Gustaf Wallenberg, and Jacob’s and Marcus’ father, Marcus Wallenberg Sr, were brothers) The Wallenberg brothers and their bank were known for their willingness to deal with Germany and the Nazis during the war; to the point that US Secretary of Treasury Henry Morgenthau and the FBI initiated a blockade of the Swedish bank in the United States that wasn’t lifted until 1947. Fortunately for many Hungarian Jews, not every member of the Wallenberg family was as mercenary as Jacob and Marcus. With that preamble, here is the incredible true story of Raoul Wallenberg. Please read on…MA
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By the end of the day on Wednesday, January 24th we will know if our own beloved Edgar Martinez will be the newest member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Here is why voting Edgar into the Hall should be a no-brainer. Please read on...MA
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Last weekend the Seattle Seahawks gave us all reason to hope with an incredible win over then then 10-1 (now 10-2) Philadelphia Eagles. The game was full of remarkable plays by the Seahawks, well worth reviewing. So...here is my look back at Seattle's victory over the Eagles with a glance toward Sunday's upcoming game against the Jaguars. Please read on...and Go Hawks!! MA
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