Wednesday, March 30, 2005

From Dublin to Brooklyn, 1903

From Dublin to Brooklyn, 1903

From Aggie of Dublin, Ireland
16 October 1903

To Ada Harte, Brooklyn, NY

Dearest Ada,

Glad to see you have arrived safe and hope you had a pleasant voyage. Did you get my letter at Queenstown? I saw Annie today, looking very well and got your address from her. I have not got over my disappointment at not being able to say goodbye to you. Mama and Nellie join in all good wishes in your new home, and of course I do! Write when you have time and let us know how you are getting on. I will be wondering. With lots of love, believe me, always.

Yours very sincerely,

I wonder if Aggie ever saw Ada again.
I wonder how Ada liked America.
Did she have any regrets?
I wonder why she decided to come to America.
What became of her?
I'm certain she is no longer be alive to tell her story today. Somehow, that saddens me. I feel that something is lost. There are so many stories each immigrant would have to tell us, if only we had time to listen. I purchased this postcard at a collectibles show. For some reason, the words haunted me and I couldn't put it back in its neat place among the other carefully categorized and organized cards. It came alive, and to put it back would have meant the memory of the love and good wishes Aggie had conveyed to Ada would have been put back to sleep.

Edwards Interviewed by Colmes

Edwards Interviewed by Colmes

John Edwards was interviewed by Fox News' Alan Colmes for last night's broadcast. Ther transcript can be seen here.

He said he doesn't believe he would have voted to confirm Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State if he had still been in the Senate, nor would he have voted to confirm Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General because of the role that he played in U.S. torture policy and the infamous torture memo.

When asked what thought about the Terri Schiavo case, Edwards said:
"I think — I think first of all what's happening in the Schiavo case is a terrible tragedy... it's just painful to watch. I mean, I respond very personally to it. It's an awful, awful thing. But here's what I would say: This is something that as a moral issue should be left to the family. And when we have what we're seeing now with this family, that's what the courts are there for, to determine what the right thing is to do and what the wishes of the patient were. I think it is wrong to have a bunch of politicians in Washington getting involved in this."
Edwards stressed that his own personal cause is doing something about poverty in America.

Edwards will be in Iowa this week, and the Internet is buzzing about 2008.

One of Greensboro's News-Record editorials this week suggests that governments and private-sector initiatives should promote better avenues to economic progress in at least four ways: higher education, homeownership, small-business development and retirement security. They believe that Edwards may be positioning himself for another presidential campaign, but "he'll spend his time well in the interim if he reshapes the debate about helping the poor."

The Daily Tar Heel has a brief article about John Edwards'lecture at UNC Law School yesterday.