The Treasure Hunter

A blog by Joanne Yatvin

Meeting An Exceptional Woman

By Joanne Yatvin

Although I always considered Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be a good public servant and a voice for women, I knew nothing about her personality until last week when I saw a movie abought her life and career. Throughout the film she gave an impressive appearance of her voice and behavior. In addition, her achievements made clear that she was an outstanding woman.

Back when she was a child she lived with her Jewish parents in New York City. Then as a young woman, she moved on to college, and after that to a law school. Soon afterword she was married and had a child. Finally she graduated from Columbia at the top of her class.

Shortly afterward Ruth took law school training, clerked for a judge, and became a law professor. Then, she advocated for women’s rights, which was not legally allowed earlier. In addition she was appointed to the District of Columbia’s Court of Appeals. Finally, President Bill Clinton selected her to become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she performed there outstandingly for several years. But soon afterward she began to have serious health problems and she finally succumbed to cancer in September of this year.

Nevertheless, this woman had accomplished an outstanding record over her time as a lawyer, teacher and judge. She had argued six cases before the Supreme Court, winning five of them, and advancing the cause of women’s rights. In the Supreme Court she was highly respected, even by those who disagreed with her beliefs. She became very well known for her strong legal knolledge and work ethics. Needless to say, I was strongly impressed when personal views of her appeared in the film and no actresses were needed to represent her. Also I was deeply impressed by the final section of the film which showed she was able to appear in public events when she was no longer well.

As I left the theater I felt very positive about the movie I had seen. I thought it showed well the excellence of a great woman. And I strongly wish many other people will see that movie too and remember her as very different woman from the ugly pictures of her shown when she stood with other members of the Supreme Court. I’m certain I will always see her as a strong, kind, and beautiful woman who was also a very good dancer.

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How Can We Save Our Country?

A week ago my son surprised me by saying that I am eighty nine years old when I thought I was only eighty. Afterward I had mixed feelings because I still see myself as healthy and smart for my age, but also confused sometimes when I try to handle numbers, spelling, or time. I mention those realities now for two reasons. Although I see our world as ugly now, I want it to become safe, powerful, and lovely again before it is my time to leave it.

In the recent past we have depended upon our hospitals to save us if we were caught by the virus, and then make us healthy again. And our scientists have been working hard to find medicine that will cure anyone who has ben attacked by it. But unfortunately, not all hospitals have ben able to take care of large numbers of sick people when they were needed. So as a result many of them have died while waiting to be assisted. When we think abought the future it doesn’t seem workable. We don’t yet have a successful medication to protect everyone from the virus or enough hospitals to save those already attacked. My question is where do we go from here to save our country?

When I see the numbers of human deaths that have occurred so far I think that the only way we can save the rest of us is to push the virus out of our country completely and never allow it to return. Although that wouldn’t be easy, I think it is the only hope for saving our country.

Right now I see our need for independent communities in large states and small ones were people are willing to enforce good health and safe behavior. And in addition, we need cities that will enforce laws for safe public behavior. For instance, all schools should test students health regularly before allowing them to enter, and local business should do the same for their employees. In addition, anyone traveling in a large public area or working in big business should wear masks regularly.

Although I know that everything I’ve suggested would be difficult to enforce and maintain, everyone who cares about saving our country–and themselves– must move away from personal interests long enough to clean up their community and then make it safe and beautiful to restore healthy living, which has widely disappeared. Now is our last chance to save our country.

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Our World Today is Still Undecided

Dear readers,

I have been waiting for a clear decision about who will be our country’s leader for the next four years. But since that is still not decided I am posting my current views and hopes for the future.

When I first heard about Trump’s illness I began to think we were moving close to the end of our hard times with his bad behavior. I thought that the virus would destroy him as it had done to thousands of other young, old, and healthy people. At the very least, I thought the experience would bring him some insight and humility. It seemed to me that God always shows us that even our most powerful people cannot avoid the pandemic and it’s worst results.

Please understand that I am not trying to insult or destroy Trump. I am only reminding you that many of the most powerful, intelligent, wealthy, and religious people in our county have died unexpectedly with others and for no good reasons. Trump has chosen to live dangerously, in the hope that he will be able to continue his flouting of norms and dividing our country. But there is not yet any certainty of what will be the end of his performances or the decision of this year’s voters.

Now, as we watch Trump’s extreme efforts to undermine our democracy, we can only watch quietly and hope that God and you people decide wisely for him and us.

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