The Ojo Internet Mailbox
(Wherein we publish some comments about our previous issues.)
Juan Carlos Martinez
The History of people should not be part of oblivion. The new generations are more insensitive, perhaps because the era of the cybernetic keeps most of the memories.
But the smells, tastes, sounds and other perceptions of our senses are not easy to remember. Books take us through the times, yes, there are still things that must pass from generation to generation. Like good values, good feelings that produce good people and build a better world.
DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE THIS BLOT ON PARADISE?
Excellent article showing the greater rift occurring between our generation and those coming after. The new culture is far more abrasive or perhaps just more bereft of more articulate vocabulary. When my oldest son used the “F” word with a casual air, I reminded him that I was his mother and to please not use that word in my presence. He has honored that request and apparently passed it on to his brothers. We are old. I love this stage of life and being among others who share my “decrepit contentment.” We are only as irrelevant as we allow ourselves to be. I’m pleased to find that there are many younger people who seem to value civility also. Maybe it’s just the ones I choose to be around?
I CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM MY STATEROOM
I have enjoyed Part 2 as much as Part One. How well I remember on my first visit to St. Petersburg in 1985, then still called Leningrad, how our hosts would save up for a long time to be able to offer us a feast when we went for a meal. The table would be groaning with goodies, food that they would never have been able to eat on a daily basis, but that were essential to offer guests in the truly hospitable Russian way. Let’s keep optimistic and never say never. A reflection like this one does its bit towards keeping the dream alive that a friendship between the US and Russia might be more of a “perhaps” rather than a “never.”
WE MUST NOT FORGET OUR PAST
I think your rather convoluted thinking of somehow connecting the Confederate public square statues in the US with the Holocaust is terribly flawed. The Holocaust is thoroughly documented in history books and numerous expansive museums in 34 different countries. A powerful new huge museum was just opened in NY called “The Museum of Jewish Heritage.” Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau museum is a world-class powerful statement to the horrors of Nazism. Despite what Trump says, Confederate statues of people fighting to maintain slavery belong in museums too- not the public square. You don’t see public statues of Hitler in Germany. Iran saying the Holocaust didn’t happen to irritate Israel is a joke and educated Iranians don’t believe it anyway. Eisenhower, who was instrumental in integrating the military, would not object to those offensive Confederate statues being moved from the public square and placed in museums.
MY HEART’S REJOICING
Wow, this article really hit home, for I received an unexpected letter today and excitedly opened it feeling like a young boy receiving his first Valentines card.
Ms. Wiseman seems to always come forth with meaningful and caring articles. I always feel grateful when I’m finished reading what she has written.
SHE CANNOT—BUT I CAN!
This is the best article I’ve read in El Ojo in the past six years. It contains insights and lessons for all of us who are expats living in Mexico. Congrats to author Karl Homann for writing it.