Cemetery theft a ‘low blow’
EDITOR: A week ago I was at Sonoma Mountain Cemetery for the blessing of a dear friend’s ashes. The family brought over a large shiny tin vase filled with lots of Protea flowers sent by the deceased’s close friend from Hawaii. The vase was placed by the wall where my friend’s ashes were stored. Five days later the vase and flowers were gone – stolen. I know the cemetery isn’t guarded so perhaps leaving something so beautiful was too much of a temptation, but isn’t it a rather low blow to steal flowers from the cemetery? It’s a big disappointment that such a theft occurred at this difficult time of mourning for a Sonoma family, almost in their own back yard.
Unsane clown presidency
EDITOR: How do you fight a shape-shifter? This is a metaphorical question, meaning: How do you combat people who seem to have no ethics at all, at least in the political realm – people who will say and do anything to further their toxic agenda? For example, if the Senate’s long-established procedural rules interfere with Republicans’ agenda, they change the rules; in other cases, they simply ignore them.
Obama and the other Democrats, who tried to maintain at least some ethical standards, were at a definite disadvantage while under near-constant attack by those who see ethics as a joke, a characteristic of weaklings.
Someone said recently that Trump knows little about ethics because he never sat on a board. Perhaps if he had sat on a board with nails in it, in partial imitation of yogis lying on a bed of nails, he might have gained some spiritual enlightenment and become kind, compassionate, generous and benevolent. But no, probably not; he’s too far gone in narcissistic, antisocial and paranoid personality disorders. Or, in other words, a common, garden-variety, egocentric loony who has only a snarling acquaintance with the peaceful, loving part of the human race.
Some psychiatrists say Trump should not be called insane; so let’s consider a slightly different word: unsane. I would call unsane, or unstable, anyone whose greed, lack of compassion and insecurity lead to harmful acts. A sane person is in harmony with the world.
EDITOR: Feb. 26 of this year will mark a quarter century since the Khojaly Massacre, Europe’s first genocidal atrocity since World War II.
On the night of Feb. 26, 1992, the Armenian Armed Forces, supported by the 366th infantry regiment of the Russian army, attacked the town of Khojaly in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. Estimated 613 fleeing residents of the town, including 106 women and 63 children, were chased and brutally murdered by the Armenian fighters. Hundreds more went missing, over A thousand received permanent health damage, 1,275 were taken hostage, and over 150 children lost one or both parents.
Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the New York Times, numerous other media and rights watchdogs documented the atrocity. Armenian field commander, Monte Melkonian, provided a shocking witness account of the “killing fields” near Khojaly, reproving his fellow fighters of the war crime. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan admitted that it was an act of revenge against Azerbaijanis. Yet, the Armenian government and Armenian-American lobby continue denying the responsibility of the Armenian forces for the tragedy.