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Rich Stern

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Feb 26, 2000
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>>This, from a Canadian newspaper, is worth sharing.


>>America: The Good Neighbor.


>>Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a remarkable

>>editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television

>>commentator. What follows is the full text of his trenchant remarks as

>>printed in the Congressional Record:


>>"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most

>>generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth.

>>Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of

>>the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and

>>forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying

>>even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.


>>When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who

>>propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the

>>streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it. When earthquakes hit distant

>>cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59

>>American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped.


>>The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into

>>discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about

>>the decadent, warmongering Americans.


>>I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the

>>erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplane. Does any other

>>country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the

>>Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas 10? If so, why don't they fly them? Why

>>do all the International lines except Russia fly American Planes?


>>Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the

>>moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios.


>>You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about

>>American technocracy, and you find men on the moon, not once, but several

>>times and safely home again.


>>You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store

>>window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued

>>and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless they

>>are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at

>>home to spend here.


>>When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through

>>age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad

>>and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose.

>>Both are still broke.


>>I can name you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other

>>people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to

>>the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during

>>the San Francisco earthquake. Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm

>>one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around.


>>They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do,

>>they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over

>>their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those."


>>Stand proud, Americans!



>>Who is Gordon Sinclair? Look Here:

>> >>


Staci Matheis

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Oct 13, 2000
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Rich -

I have had the priviledge of spening several non-working hours with one of my customers who is Bosnian....... Asmir has told me of the death and destruction he has witnessed in his home land. I have sat there listening to him...... Not able to comprehend in any way what he was describing....... Now..... Now I know what he and his family have been feeling for years on end...... Hell of a way to learn........

God bless all those who have died and those who live on in the face of tragedy.........