that love lift you and hold you close, and give you peace.” I don’t know who said this, but it is so true at times when we are suffering the loss of a dear family member.
We always try to find the correct words to console a friend who has just lost a family member, but in reality it doesn’t matter how hard you try to transmit your feelings, those words always sound completely empty.
Our Managing Editor Maramis Choufani lost her sister, Dorothy Stefanik, in the early hours of the morning Sunday in Yonkers, New York, after a short, but very painful illness.
Maramis was close to her sister. I am sure she is thankful for the many wonderful years they shared. I never had the pleasure of meeting Dorothy, but knowing Maramis, I am sure she was a very special lady.
May God bless and keep you and the rest of the family in His care now and forever. You are in my prayers.
My deepest condolences to Dorothy’s husband and their children. To Maramis, my unconditional love extends to her children.
In lieu of flowers, the Stefanik family requests contributions to the Yonkers Animal Shelter in Dorothy’s name.
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Not until this year have I ever seen so much disrespect for the president of this country and his immediate family, including their little boy who has no hand in politics and has nothing to do with the work of his father.
The worst president this great nation has had was Jimmy Carter, but I don’t recall any marches, protests and name-calling during the years of 1977 to 1981.
The worst of the worst was Barack Obama, and still I don’t recall any hateful comments made against him or either of his two little girls…even when he delivered to the American people the most miserable eight years of our lives.
Now every time President Donald Trump sniffs, people jump — not to hand him a tissue, but to criticize him, even if he has the best intentions for the safety of the American people.
Recently Reza Aslan, an Iranian-American Muslim born in Tehran, Iran, who is author, religious studies scholar and CNN host, called President Trump a “piece of s**t” and an “embarrassment” to humankind.
An hour after reports of a van ploughing into people on London Bridge, the U.S. president took to Twitter. Mr. Trump said: “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!”
He also said: “Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the UK, we will be there — WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!”
Mr. Aslan tried to apologize by saying: “I should not have used a profanity to describe the President when responding to his shocking reaction to the London attacks.”
Shocking reaction? Did Mr. Aslan say shocking reaction? A shocking reaction would have been if our president ignored the safety of the people he represents.
Mr. Aslan calls himself an Iranian-American-Muslim. Does Mr. Aslan consider himself an American because he became an American citizen for personal reasons and convenience or because he feels in his heart a little love for this nation?
The apology of Mr. Aslan is totally without credibility. Nothing surprises us coming from CNN, but if you don’t like our president, Mr. Aslan, you always have an option to return to the land of your birth — Iran.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.