May 10, 2012
Suppression and safety
I am dumbfounded by groups in America stating they are suppressed by the government and corporate greed. Gratefulness is being lost to entitlement, compassion to self-absorption. I am asking for us all to take a closer look at what we have here and what suppression looks like outside the comforts of America.
Imagine living in a small town in the mountains where an army comes in and wipes you out. Imagine soldiers taking your house, killing your neighbors, forcing your family into labor, raping your sister. Or maybe your small town is wiped out, everyone who does not run is killed and everything is burned up. You are alone: no family, friends, church, community, and certainly no government to help. That is government suppression.
I’m not sure why, we in America aren’t informed much about these tragedies. Maybe because there’s not enough drama or human lives lost, there is no easy solution or someone has decided it’s not our concern. I have been informed and I can’t ignore it. We have the capacity to create a community for those in Burma whose community has been annihilated.
The Snoqualmie Valley Alliance is financially supporting the Bueng Klueng Hostel in Thailand. The hostel provides shelter, food, clothing, medical care, education, safety and hope to children who have lost their families because they existed in that small town the Burma Army wiped out. Only $18,000 per year is needed to operate the hostel, which can care for 50 children.
Bite of the World is an annual fundraising event showcasing food from around the world, music, and silent and live auctions. This year, 100 percent of all proceeds go directly to the Bueng Klueng Hostel. More information on the Bite of the World and donation opportunities can be found at www.svaonline.org. You can also find more information about Burma from the Free Burma Rangers by visiting their site at www.freeburmarangers.org.
Keep playground alive
Sno-Valley Indoor Playground’s annual Safety Fair, held May 4, was a rousing success, if you ask the little folks who lined up to explore a real fire truck and a sheriff’s car! Fifty free bike helmets were distributed to local families, complimentary child car-seat safety checks were provided and there were bags of information and coloring materials for each family.
We’d like to thank the professionals who made it a great experience for the youngest members of our community: Eastside Fire & Rescue, the city of North Bend Police/King County Sheriff’s Office and the “Car Seat Ladies” (Sue Emery and Kathy Kruger).
As the Indoor Playground winds up its season before summer vacation, we are looking for new parents to join our all-volunteer board to keep the nonprofit playground operating. Email us at SVIndoorPlayground@gmail.com if you want to keep this great community organization alive and vibrant.
Jaymie Blatt, president
Sno-Valley Indoor Playground Board
Too many intruders
On May 5, I was unable to reach my home as I returned from shopping in Issaquah because the Volks March had Reinig Road closed. I wish all these people from the city would just go home and stay out of our Valley.