Observations

Observations
This week we have items reporting on discussions between U.S. Vice President John Biden and Polish President Lech Kaczynski during Biden’s visit to Poland (see pages 2 and 3). One significant topic was the change in plans on the missile defense system that has been so controversial. It seems as if the significance of the new arrangements is being downplayed for diplomatic reasons, but the importance of a U. S. presence in Poland remains, even if the missiles in question are different than those contemplated by the Bush administration. Biden’s remarks include a reference to the important impact of Poland’s membership in NATO and prospects for future partnership with the U.S. in international diplomacy.
The Polish relationship with Russia is emphasized in two particular items on page 3. First there is the ominous report of Russian military exercises simulating an attack on Poland. You could view this as a routine “readiness” or “training” exercise, or you can think of it as a threat to Polish security, but does, for example, the U. S. military have plans for the invasion of Canada in case relations deteriorate? I wonder, and if such a plan exists, I wouldn’t be too worried about it if I was Canadian, but as between Poland and Russia, it just isn’t the same thing. The other ominous item is the story on the promised increase of natural gas supplies from Russia to Poland. While at first this might seem like good news, it also underlines Poland’s unfortunate dependence on Russia for energy supplies. This is a type of dependence we in America are all too familiar with.
Congratulations to the Central citizen’s committee for another successful year of service to Polonia, and to the Pulaski award recipients for the good they have done for the Polish American community. See the coverage of the Committee’s annual awards banquet on page 7.
It seems almost as if most of the people I know are down with the flu or a cold, or some kind of mild ailment, and the flu has reached epidemic proportions in the Ukraine near the Polish border (page 3) including some 11 deaths from the outbreak. This is all the more reason to head the health advice in a couple of general interest items on page 5. One item covers preventive measures for children, while another discusses healthy habits for those of us who are more in our “prime.” I think I will try to follow the advice that says we will stay healthier if we get adequate rest, so I better wrap up this column and get ready to turn in!
This week we have items reporting on discussions between U.S. Vice President John Biden and Polish President Lech Kaczynski during Biden’s visit to Poland (see pages 2 and 3). One significant topic was the change in plans on the missile defense system that has been so controversial. It seems as if the significance of the new arrangements is being downplayed for diplomatic reasons, but the importance of a U. S. presence in Poland remains, even if the missiles in question are different than those contemplated by the Bush administration. Biden’s remarks include a reference to the important impact of Poland’s membership in NATO and prospects for future partnership with the U.S. in international diplomacy.
The Polish relationship with Russia is emphasized in two particular items on page 3. First there is the ominous report of Russian military exercises simulating an attack on Poland. You could view this as a routine “readiness” or “training” exercise, or you can think of it as a threat to Polish security, but does, for example, the U. S. military have plans for the invasion of Canada in case relations deteriorate? I wonder, and if such a plan exists, I wouldn’t be too worried about it if I was Canadian, but as between Poland and Russia, it just isn’t the same thing. The other ominous item is the story on the promised increase of natural gas supplies from Russia to Poland. While at first this might seem like good news, it also underlines Poland’s unfortunate dependence on Russia for energy supplies. This is a type of dependence we in America are all too familiar with.
Congratulations to the Central citizen’s committee for another successful year of service to Polonia, and to the Pulaski award recipients for the good they have done for the Polish American community. See the coverage of the Committee’s annual awards banquet on page 7.
It seems almost as if most of the people I know are down with the flu or a cold, or some kind of mild ailment, and the flu has reached epidemic proportions in the Ukraine near the Polish border (page 3) including some 11 deaths from the outbreak. This is all the more reason to head the health advice in a couple of general interest items on page 5. One item covers preventive measures for children, while another discusses healthy habits for those of us who are more in our “prime.” I think I will try to follow the advice that says we will stay healthier if we get adequate rest, so I better wrap up this column and get ready to turn in!

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