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Kudos for publishing the two recent think pieces by Slavko Martyniuk and George Woloshyn. Knowing both writers personally, I know their views often diverge. But they’re worth reading precisely because they express themselves coherently, factually and with old-fashioned good writing style. As a society, we could benefit from a return to civilized debate.
Thank you, Alex Kuzma, for your excellent article “Rethinking Shevchenko” (March 5). The article, a keeper, should be read by today’s students attending Ridna Shkola (and, hopefully, making their own Shevchenko memories). Passaic, N.J.
I believe that as a responsible, independent newspaper you have an obligation to demand from the writers to your editorial board factual information. Unfortunately, on at least two occasions, in letters to your editorial board, Mr. Mirchuk (January 17) and Mr. Martyniuk (January 29) made unsubstantiated, provocative allegations against our president, Joe Biden. They claimed that he blocked Ukraine’s military response to the Russian annexation of Crimea.
The commentary about the Heavenly Hundred (page 7) in the February 21 issue [“The heavenly hundred – the spirit that continues to motivate and drive”] contains the statement “The Youth Battle in Kruty in 1929 saw 300 students die …”
In its January 30 statement, printed by The Weekly (February 12), the Chancery Office of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia announced that The Way will suspend publication as an online biweekly newspaper, in part because “surveys [conducted as part of the Chancery Office’s reevaluation of all existing communications operations] have indicated that a vast majority of Ukrainian Catholics within the Archeparchy do not access or utilize The Way in its present format and dissemination approach.”
It is one thing to state a fact, such as that former President Barack Obama agreed to provide Ukraine with non-lethal military aid but not lethal aid, or to state an opinion, such as that this decision about lethal aid was a mistake, a criticism I share. It is quite another to spout nonsense about why Ukraine didn’t respond militarily upon Russia’s occupation of Crimea, as Messrs. Mirchuk and Martyniuk have done in The Weekly.
Maria Proskurenko’s February 4 letter to the editor commenting on Jaroslaw Martyniuk’s January 29 letter entirely missed the point that Mr. Martyniuk was making. The thrust of his letter was whether President Joe Biden would be able to prevent the fourth betrayal of Ukraine by exerting all possible pressure on Germany to stop NordStream 2. She ignored this most salient issue. Instead, she obfuscated by resurrecting defunct topics about Paul Manafort, Marie Yovanovich and President Donald Trump’s calls with Vladimir Putin, Sergei Lavrov and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, which had nothing to do with the critical point Mr. Martyniuk raised. Ms. Proskurenko frantically attempted to deflect from Mr. Martyniuk’s assertions that Western powers have collectively betrayed Ukraine on the “big” issues, i.e., Budapest Memorandum, delivery of lethal weapons, and Crimea.