Swart, 

Much political discourse of an unfortunate tone and distinctly ‘ad hominem’ nature is taking place at inordinate lengths on ephblog. I suppose this will continue ‘ad nauseum’ until the election is completed and then we will be implored to read analyses of the ‘woulda-coulda-shoulda’ variety ‘ad extremum’. 

As a new board member. I will raise this concern at the next meeting. I consider your too-frequent visuals a part of the problem. But we have discussed this.

My abiding interest in stamps and the use of philatelic gazetteers compels me to write on the geographic realities of two phrases being bandied about on the political scene: “I can see Russia” and “The Bridge to Nowhere”.

To “I can see Russia”. I concern myself not with the extension to understanding Russia, but with the actual geographic reality. In the Bering sea, two islands are located at the halfway point between Russia and the United States. Indeed, the International date Line runs between them. They are Big Diomede Island (Russian) and Little Diomede Island (US). They are three miles apart. While I do not posit that a hapless lover is gazing from his dock on Little Diomede at the faint light of his love on Big Diomede, I do say it is possible at this one point to see Russia from the United States, Fitzgeraldian overtones not withstanding.

To “The Bridge to Nowhere”. A bridge across the Bering Sea has been proposed from time to time. Such a bridge would anchor on both Big Diomede and Little Diomede. It would connect the eastern or western most tip of the Russian mainland (depending on one’s point of view) with the western most part of the US continental land mass. I dare say that such a structure , although built in Alaska, would not be a bridge to nowhere but a span to further international understanding and the hospitality industry on both of the Diomedes.

The issuance of a stamp celebrating the bridge and issued from both countries simultaneously would be in the tradition of the France/Greenland Arctic Explorer series and the US/Russia  1975 Apollo-Soyuz Space Joint Issue.

My hope is that these few words will help put the political bandinage into the larger and more meaningful world of philately.

Rechtal Turgidley, Jr

Quark Island, Maine

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