All posts by rgsmith

Deja Vu

I thought after America went through the Watergate fiasco that it would never happen again in my lifetime. Then lives were disgraced, people went to jail, and the President resigned. Former FBI Director Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee and his subsequent allegations, under oath, set me into the proverbial mind-set of Deja Vu, (all over again) as Yogi Berra used to say. All justice wheels move slowly, grinding away the chaff from the kernels of truth so we (the public) will have to…

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The 1st Congressional inquiry

It’s not new for Congress to investigate issues that stimulate public inquiry. The first congressional committee inquiry was formed to look into what was called St. Clair’s Defeat. In November 1791, General Arthur St. Clair led a contingent of nine-hundred troops into the Ohio frontier. They were ambushed by local Indians, and most were killed or wounded. A House committee wanted to know who was to blame. Like the committees of today, they asked for documents about the failed mission of St. Clair. President George…

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Smell the Roses

I think it’s time to tell this story again. I saw something in my life experience that you don’t see very often. I watched a well-dressed man stop abruptly as if held by some invisible force. He was in a hurry, given his stride and determined pace, yet when he passed a public garden of blossoming roses the man suddenly stopped, put down his briefcase, and turned to face the beauty that bloomed there. There were probably sixty rose bushes each with eight to ten…

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Harvard

Bravo to Harvard! Ten students were admitted to that prestigious University, and after admitting officials explored the “Facebooks” of the potential students, the college rescinded their admittance. The students had apparently posted, at various times, racial slurs, sexual anomalies and other salacious comments that were not in the ethical tradition of Harvard. The students were informed of their rejection. Hey, Parents, this is one for you. You’ve been telling your youngsters for years that whatever you post may come back to haunt you. Postings on…

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