All posts by rgsmith

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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We’ve Lost Our Common Sense

I’ve always thought teaching was the noble profession. I still do, but I have second thoughts when I read about some of the things happening in our schools these days. There was a teenager in a Texas classroom that was suspended for two days for taking a cell phone call from his Dad who is serving in Iraq. The school has a policy of not allowing students to use cell phones in class. Apparently a teacher saw him answering his cell phone as he walked…

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Campaign Bickering

Unfortunately this Democratic Presidential campaign has debased into the common denominator of bickering. We continue, after the Pennsylvania debate on ABC, to have a litany of finger pointing. He did this. She said that. Her action is worse than mine. He’s an elitist. He or she attacked first. It’s interesting most of us don’t tolerate that behavior in our children, why should we in our candidates. So far, in this Presidential candidate selection campaign, the issues have received short shrift, while the personality, integrity, and…

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Gobbleygook

We all get junk mail, both at home and now on the internet. Spamming is commonplace and most of us dump the unsolicited junk emails without reading them. Something came across my electronic desk today that made me pause and reflect about our bureaucracy and the excess governmental verbiage called gobbledygook. I don’t know who wrote it. It was forwarded without attribution. The truth of the adage that “less is more” is proven in the following email. The Pythagorean theorem is explained in 24 words.…

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