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Letter: Refugees’ performance gives us reason to cheer

Refugees’ performance gives us reason to cheer

Amid all the rancor and hate-filled racist rhetoric we hear today, nationally (President Trump) and locally (Rep. Chris Collins and Carl Paladino), Colin Dabkowski’s story in Tuesday’s paper was a welcome and inspiring one. It was about the cast of refugees at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church on Lafayette Avenue performing “Fiddler on the Roof.” Kudos to Jennifer Serniuk, who directs the cast comprised of children and young adults from Burma, Burundi, Malaysia and other countries.

When I read that the play would be performed at the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre on Wednesday, I rushed to the phone to purchase tickets. I was disappointed to learn it was sold out, but happy to know it is being well received. I sincerely hope the performance will be repeated so that many more of us can enjoy it.

I also hope that this beautiful story will receive national attention, to counteract the negative images of Buffalo that have been portrayed, thanks to Collins and Paladino.

So while Twitter-in-Chief Trump wastes time spreading insults – isn’t there something else he’s supposed to be doing? – we have this wonderful, hopeful story of refugees (strangers when they met) singing together and building friendships in the City of Good Neighbors.

Peg Mergenhagen


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