Observations

Lately I have enjoyed the thought provoking columns written by Thomas Mikulski, and much of the other content contributed by our regular authors on a wide variety of topics. I have noticed, though, that we are relatively short on coverage of local events. As many of our readers can surely understand, the difficulty of covering the numerous goings on of our very active community can tax the resources of time and energy. From time to time I solicit contributions from readers, and now I am doing so again. If you are a member of virtually any Polonian organization or group that is planning or has recently had a special event of any kind, please feel free to send us an item that we can publish so that your event will be known and remembered by a wider audience than just its participants.

You may think that this is a difficult thing to do, but it can be very easy, especially for an insider like yourself. Keep in mind that we don’t need a full blown article with lots of detail. We will be delighted to get a couple of sentences describing what the event is, when and where it occurs, and who are the main people involved in presenting it. A note of some small highlight or special guest is always good. Easiest of all would be a single photo with a few sentences. If we received that from half of the events that are held by Detroit’s Polonia, we would be overwhelmed with content. Think about assigning someone from your group to send something in, especially by e-mail. Once you get started, you’ll be surprised how easy it is, and you will be happy to see your activities recorded for posterity.

I am currently being enlightened by a series of articles kicked off on page 7 with the intriguing story of Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski, a cold war “veteran” and figure of controversy. The impact of Poles on world affairs certainly did not stop with the end of World War II, and I look forward to future installments.

Speaking of World War II, the item on the Katyn Massacre on page 3 points out that such an infamous event continues to have relevance today, and discusses the definition and application of “Genocide” as a crime defined by the United Nations. The incident is long past, but it has not been suppressed as successfully as Russia would like.

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