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In the September 19 edition of The Ukrainian Weekly, Askold Lozynskyj wrote the following: “President Trump was a military buffoon, often embarrassing the Pentagon and he was considered totally incompetent by the generals there. President Biden is a little more astute with no military background.” I suppose he chose to ignore Joe Biden’s recent inept surrender in Afghanistan that also resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. soldiers.
I did not know that Ukrainian athletes would be in the Paralympics. As I watched them perform, I was moved to tears and a high national pride. To all of them, and their coaches, trainers and supporters, I can attest that worldwide Ukrainians (and many non-Ukrainians) are truly proud of you. Now, let’s move on to the Winter Games!
On August 21, the sad news of the passing of George Sawchak stunned the Ukrainian as well as the American communities. I speak for all of his friends, coworkers and all those who had the privilege to know him when I say that this was a man of honor, integrity, commitment and compassion.
I read with interest Roman Tymotsko’s report about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s speech at Stanford University that appeared in the September 12 issue of The Ukrainian Weekly. Regrettably, the reporter missed two crucial details. Introducing President Zelenskyy, Michael McFaul, director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, emphasized the historical significance of the fact that this was the first visit of a Ukrainian president to Stanford University.
The Ukrainian Weekly welcomes letters to the editor that react to articles published on its pages. Opinions expressed by letter writers are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of either The Weekly editorial staff or its publisher, the Ukrainian National Association.
In his letter to the editor published in the September 5 issue of The Ukrainian Weekly, Lt. Col. Bohdan Hetmansky implies that those who voted for Joe Biden could be questioning their choice. But why? President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s recent working visit to Washington was solid and successful, returning stability to a relationship abused and neglected by the previous administration. The message from Mr. Biden was clear: America supports Ukraine.
In response to Lt. Col. Bohdan Hetmansky’s letter in the September 5 issue of The Ukrainian Weekly, I am not a citizen of Ukraine, but a citizen of the United States, as are my children and grandchildren. Always, my vote for president is informed not by just U.S. foreign policy, including policies regarding Ukraine, but by the candidate’s domestic agenda.
In response to Bohdan Hetmansky’s letter, published in the September 5 issue of The Ukrainian Weekly, on whether Ukrainian Americans who voted for President Joe Biden have any “buyer’s remorse,” I can answer emphatically that I do not. Like almost all Ukrainian Americans, regardless of political leanings, I am not happy that this administration has backed off from stopping Nord Stream 2 (see Mark Temnycky’s article in the same issue). At the same time, I recognize the difficulty in pulling the plug on a multi-billion-dollar project that was more than 90 percent complete when Mr. Biden was sworn in last January.
I read with interest the released statement issued to the White House by the Ukrainian Americans for Biden (UAB) that appeared in the August 8 issue of The Ukrainian Weekly. In it they describe the comprehensive set of policy recommendations they provided the Biden Administration in December 2020 and reiterated the important need to re-emphasize these recommendations with the upcoming Biden-Zelenskyy summit.
As a Ukrainian-American, I would like to state that all of the Ukrainian Olympic athletes (whether they took a medal or not), along with their coaches, team advisors, and support personnel, have much to be proud of. Whether from Ukraine proper, or representing some other nation, via their sporting activities, the entire world has learned much more about Ukraine. To all of them I say congratulations and my heartful thanks. I very much look forward to the soon upcoming 2022 Winter Games. Glory to all!