Letter: 20+ years of promoting global understanding
Deltaville’s Great Decisions has just wound up its 2013 eight-session season, the most exciting one in its more than 20 years of providing a place for the average citizen to explore global and foreign policy issues.
In our small community, we are privileged to have speakers who generously give of their time and effort to enlighten the rest of us. Some are experts on their subjects, others spend many hours boning up on a topic that may be new to them. Thanks in abundance are due Tom Harris, Llew Samuels, Jonathan Hutchins, Pep Fuller, David Lee, Paul Andersen, Jerry and Marie Suyes and Mary Lib Hoinkes for providing stimulating presentations and for leading the lively discussions that followed.
An average of 60 persons turned out at each session, a remarkable number for a small, rural community. They asked thoughtful questions and made insightful comments that helped us explore each topic further. We were given much to ponder on subjects that included Iran, China in Africa, Myanmar and Southeast Asia, Egypt, Threat Assessment, Humanitarian Intervention, the Future of the Euro and NATO.
Those who provided cookies for the break carried on a local Great Decisions tradition begun by former resident Beth Thompson. The cookie-providers are too numerous to list, but we trust that we showed our appreciation by our highly enthusiastic reception of their products.
The Deltaville Community Association once more graciously allowed us to use their building and we are most grateful.
We are especially grateful to the Gazette-Journal for using its valuable space to publicize our meetings.
Looking forward to welcoming to our 2014 sessions everyone who would hope to have a better understanding of some of the major issues facing our complex world,
Connie Harris, secretary
Great Decisions Steering Committee