Category Archives: Commentary

Radovan Karadzic

Karadzic was captured after thirteen years on the run. The butcher of the Bosnia is now headed for trial before the World Court. He is accused of orchestrating the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica, as well as the protracted siege of Sarajevo. The world at that time, fifteen years ago saw the pictures, and the bodies, and some felt the pain. The dark and evil phrase “ethnic cleansing” was predominant. Diplomacy failed to broker a peace, and ancient hatreds refused the…

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Lyme Disease

Hi Folks, Sorry for the long delay in posting, but I was bitten by a deer tic and the result was Lyme Disease. Just in case you are the kind of person that spends some time outdoors or perhaps your children do, I have some cautions for you. Check the kids daily everywhere and I mean everywhere, if you know what I mean. The little sucker that got me was no bigger than the head of pin, but he/she sure caused some big problems. The…

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G-8 Summit

President Bush is attending the G-8 economic summit in Japan. I remember as a little kid growing up in the early part of World War two and reciting hateful rhymes against the Japanese and in particular emperor Hirohito. We were, after all, at war and our fathers and uncles were in harms way. I guess it was our way of dealing with the adult frustration and anger that filtered down to us kids. The Japs, as we called them then, were the enemy. Today they…

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Happy 100th Dad

My Father, George Hanbury Smith, would have turned 100 years old on July 2nd. Obviously he is not around these days for achieving the age of 100 is a monumental accomplishment. Many people do and so many more people do not. So why do I write about my Father’s would be 100th birthday? It’s probably more because I am old enough to see what a victory life is over the alternative. If you look at it with just numbers my Dad was born when the…

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