All posts by rgsmith

Hidden Prejudice

Prejudice is inherently abhorrent to the human spirit because deep down we know the miracle of life is in its diversity, not in its created separation and fear of difference. Prejudice and all its alias’s, particularly poverty, can disguise itself in the illusion that one is better than another. It can hide in the way we say words to describe others, Mexican, Gringo, Jew, Black, and even in the non-ethnic words like immigrant and foreigner or poor or disadvantaged. Prejudice can also manifest in rules…

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Rumor and Innuendo

Some thoughts on political rumor and innuendo. Even since the Democrats Presidential race came down to two candidates, the rumors and innuendo have run rampant over the Internet. I’ve received dozens of blatantly false emails purporting to be true in order to discredit, smear and maligned the candidate. The false accusations have attacked both Barrack Obama and Hillery Clinton. What is disappointing to me is that many people forward these pieces of junk to their litany of email friends without checking the facts, without any…

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Law and Life

We often call ourselves a “nation of laws.” What it means officially, is that we collectively agree to follow specific sets of rules in order for our society to function fairly, honorably and routinely in life and through mercantile exchange. Under this banner we do not say that all laws are perfect, absolute or immutable. What is right and just for one generation, may not be so for the next, or the next, for attitudes, requirements, conditions and values change. The founding fathers provided a…

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Bretton Woods

New Hampshire is a gentle state. Unassuming, and bountifully peaceful. A leisurely ride along U.S. 302 through the White Mountain National Forest underlines that sense of peace and punctuates it with a tiny bit of history. It is called Bretton Woods. It was there in a rambling summer resort back in July of 1944, that 44-nations met to plan for the post-world War II economic recovery. The Mount Washington Hotel where the conference took place is still a thriving resort today. It’s wraparound veranda frames…

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