Devoted Family Man and Friend
A pioneer in the Coffee Business.
Founder of Coffee Associates Inc.
■ By BOB NICOLAIDES
During funeral services on February 28th at the Cathedral of Saint John the Theologian in Tenafly, before his interment at the George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, NJ, his bereaved children delivered befitting eulogies, conferring upon their father's bier a litany of tributes suitable for the parent they had lost.
"My Father," orated his son George, "was faithful, respectful, kind and generous, patient, loving, understanding, disciplined, progressive, articulate, forgiving, educated, dignified, and a man of honor and integrity, but of all the esteemed qualities he possessed, the one that stands out the most is that he was truly a humble man." Then he turned to the subject of his father's determination in life, adding that as his family persevered through the depression, he was bent on becoming educated and making a better life through hard work and education. His sense of faith, discipline, moral and progressive personal values guided him and his family for the rest of his life. He was diligent and tenacious in sharing this God-gifted perspective in countless lectures and discussions over dinner, in a car ride or whenever it was possible to grab his children's attention.
Αγωγή κατά οµογενειακών εταιριών για ελαιόλαδο
Καλούνται η Kangadis Food και η Gourmet Factory να σταματήσουν την πώληση στην αμερικανική αγορά του προϊόντος μάρκας Capatriti.
Πρόβλημα και με το προϊόν ΛΑΚΩΝΙΑ
Ιδιαίτερη εντύπωση προκάλεσε πρόσφατο δημοσίευμα της N.Y. Times κατά το οποίο ο Σύνδεσμος Ελαιολάδου Βορείου Αμερικής υπέβαλε μήνυση εναντίον της εταιρίας "Kangadis Food, Inc." και "Gourmet Foods" διότι το λάδι μάρκας Capatriti που διαθέτουν στην αγορά, δεν είναι "αγνό» ελαιόλαδο, αλλά λιπώδες παρασκεύασμα, προερχόμενο από τα απομεινάρια φλουδιών και κουκουτσιών των ελιών, με σπορέλαιο. Οι εταιρίες αυτές αρνήθηκαν την κατηγορία.
Πρόκειται για την πρώτη αγωγή που έχει ασκήσει ο σύνδεσμος North American Olive Oil Association και μάλιστα σε ομοσπονδιακό δικαστήριο. Ζητά να σταματήσει η πώληση του προϊόντος, να αποζημειωθούν όσοι ζημιώθηκαν από τον αθέμιτο ανταγωνισμό και να εκδικαστεί η υπόθεση σε δικαστήριο ενόρκων. Ο Σύνδεσμος αντιπροσωπεύει τους παραγωγούς και εμπόρους ελαιολάδου στις ΗΠΑ και Κάναδα. Το πλήρες κείμενο του άρθρου της εφημερίδας New York Times δημοσιεύεται σε άλλη σελίδα, με απόσπασμα από το κείμενο της μήνυσης.
■ By Professor DEMETRIOS J. CONSTANTELOS
(Reprint from "The Greek-American Review", March, 2004)
There is no evidence that Jefferson replied to Koraes' third letter dated January 30,1825, but it is certain that even in his old age Jefferson continued to correspond with European friends such as Correa da Serra, the Portuguese botanist and state man; Thaddeus Kosciusko, the Polish patriot and general; probably Adamantios Koraes; and other representatives of oppressed people. He encouraged them to sustain their courage and emphasized his belief in the ultimate and inevitable recognition and adoption throughout the world of the principles of democracy, albeit American style. It has been observed that Jefferson's letters to friends on democracy are not letters for propaganda's sake but a manifestation of his profound conviction and optimism about the future of demo racy and his aversion to despotism."
It has been maintained and it has survived as a popular notion, that Jefferson was under the influence of writers like Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau. Yet Jefferson's writings do not contain a single quotation from these French writers. Instead his writings indicate that he was a student of Greece. In his early studies he had come under the influence of Henry St. John Bolingbroke an English statesman and political thinker from whom he learned methods of historical criticism and scientific doubt. When he became of mature age and formulated his own political and ethical philosophy "he gathered all the material stone by stone and maxim by maxim, from the old Greek Stoics."
He "felt more kinship with Greece and republican Rome than with the philosophers of London, Paris, or Geneva." In Homer he found the code of honor and friendship, his ethics in the writings of the Greek Stoics through Cicero; his faith in natural law. He believed that man's sense of fight and wrong is an innate quality of human nature. "The moral sense, or conscience is as much a part of man, as his leg or arm" he wrote to his nephew in 1808. His ethical views were a fusion of the teachings of Epictetus, Epicurus and Jesus of Nazareth. In a letter dated October 19, 1819, he wrote to his secretary, William Short: "Epiktetos and Epikouros give laws for governing ourselves, Jesus a suppl ment of the duties and charities we owe to others." Rather than describe Jefferson as a secularizer of Christianity, who produced an Epikourian version of it, it seems to me that his effort to synthesize classical moral philosophy with Christian ethics brought him closer to the spirit of early Christian theologians and Church Fathers who had not rejected Greek philosophy but had used it as a propaideia to Christianity.