- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 6, 2008

I live in Marion, Iowa, next door to Cedar Rapids. Marion is to Cedar Rapids what Takoma Park is to the District. The floods in Cedar Rapids were terrible, but just imagine 1,900 blocks of the District and Virginia flooded by the Potomac.

I was born in Washington and moved to Iowa 14 years ago. My mom forwarded the article “Czech Aid” (Embassy Row, World, Tuesday) to me.

When the National Czech and Slovak Museum was flooded, the people of this area were distraught. It was the highlight of Czech Village. However, we also lost our public library, African American Museum, churches, the federal building, many businesses and homes.

We always hear about the money the U.S. government gives in aid to other countries. Rarely do we hear about other countries coming to the aid of communities in our country.

Therefore, it is very gratifying that the Czech Republic donated that much-needed money to the Czech and Slovak Museum and St. Wenceslaus Church.


Marion, Iowa

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