Category Archives: personal views of Roger W. Smith

immigration policy, Walt Whitman, and Donald Trump’s wall; or, the Berlin Wall redux

    For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. Most tragically, they have caused … Continue reading

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empathy

    One day we were in the garden. Father stood looking in at the pig. Mother was hanging clothes out, and I was weeding. Two travelling journeymen came past. They were dusty, carried knapsacks on their backs, and looked … Continue reading

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leave baseball alone!

    This post is about baseball. It’s a little out of date, since most of details refer to the 2017 season. Well, anyway, it’s the Hot Stove League season, right?     *****************************************************     First, about an adjustment … Continue reading

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bedside manner

  Today, I had a routine checkup with a doctor in Manhattan. I was told at one point to get partially undressed and wait for the doctor’s “epiphany” (for him to appear and examine me). The doctor told me to … Continue reading

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vengeance

    If I whet My glittering sword, And My hand takes hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to My enemies, And repay those who hate Me. — Deuteronomy 32:41   He is despised and rejected of men; a … Continue reading

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is it possible (or desirable) to hold two divergent opinions at the same time?

      “I may indeed contradict myself now and then; but truth … I do not contradict.” — Michel de Montaigne   *****************************************************   “I suppose you have forgotten that many weeks ago I promised to send you an account … Continue reading

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prevarication; institutionalized cruelty

    Two news stories caught my eye this morning.   “This way madness lies” by Dana Milbank Washington Post January 16, 2017 https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-way-madness-lies/2018/01/16/0b627fe2-fb0a-11e7-a46b-a3614530bd87_story.html?utm_term=.3b24634fb0e1   and   “Michigan Father Deported After Living in U.S. for 30 Years” By Christina Caron … Continue reading

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