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Dear Editors:
I like the idea of your newsletter, however, I didn't like the questions that you asked Mrs. Amsale. The English needs a lot of editing, and those questions are not the type that you want to post on your newsletter. Also, you guys need to include not only a person that is successful in the US but also people who have done lots for our beautiful country Ethiopia. As most of you are aware, anyone can be successful in the United States as long as they work hard. But what did we give back to our motherland? This is what you guys need to focus on, because young adults who read this newsletter will be inspired by those stories.

Thank you,
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Opinion – My Own Kind
By Steven Ivory

Hello Steven,
I am not writing to apologize for the bar tender’s perception nor for your lack of understanding of our culture. In simple English, we are not used to jumping in the sea, hoping it would catch us. You just experienced culture shock, my friend.

Emmanuel Mekuria
Washington, D.C.

Book Excerpt – Ethiopic Script: An African Writing System
By Ayele Bekerie
I would like to salute the writer for bringing this topic to our attention. In my opinion, among other things, the legacy of Ethiopian Fidel and the significance attached to it is one of the main historic areas of interest that we need to focus on to discover more about our own history.

Every culture and nation has its own contribution to humanity as a whole. Since our Ethiopia is known to have been the center for Aksumite civilization and the cradle for human origin, it has a lot to contribute to the world's universal integration today.

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Quality should be the name of your magazine. Please keep up the good work and know that we are cheering for you. Congratulations!

Lydia Tebabel
San Diego, California

Opinion – My Own Kind
By Steven Ivory

Steven I vory,
Discriminating people of other ethnic, religious, or gender background is a common practice in the entire continent of Africa. Many of the wars that have been fought in Africa and are still being fought are as a result of ignorant people like the one you encountered in that Ethiopian restaurant. African-Americans must understand that even though we are all black, Africa is a continent of people who have different languages, religions, cultures and outlook on life. Black unity can never be achieved until we recognize the beauty of each of our different cultures, ethnic and religious backgrounds. It is a documented history that the people of Ethiopia and African-Americans have a long lasting relationship that goes back to the time when our black brothers and sisters where whisked out of their motherland. The Ethiopian people will never forget the sacrifices many African-Americans were willing to make when fascist Italy invaded our beloved country. Ethiopia's place in history is as a symbol of black liberty and unity. Most of all the Ethiopian people are known for their hospitality. On behalf of the Ethiopian People, I would like to apologize for that unfortunate incident that left a bitter taste in your mouth. I would like to offer my time to take you to Ethiopia so you can meet our beautiful women, so you can see places where holy men and women worship God, so you can see places where Ethiopian warriors fought for our freedom, so you can see the birth place of humanity and most of all so you can live there. Ethiopia is your home.

Surafel Assaminew
Atlanta, Georgia

In our previous issue under Speak Out: Negotiating my Ethiopian Identity by Rekik Alehegn, we incorrectly labeled one of the pictures as Rekik’s apartment in Paris. The description should have read: An apartment in Rekik’s neighborhood in Darmstadt, Germany. TADIAS regrets the error.