Category Archives: personal views of Roger W. Smith

“vanity of vanities; all is vanity”

    The news depresses me. It is too much, far too much, about trivialities presented as matters of grave concern to the nation and body politic. It is not informative and instructive and is in fact rebarbative. It induces … Continue reading

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meddlers

    “In confederations that hold but by one end, we are only to provide against the imperfections that particularly concern that end. It can be of no importance to me of what religion my physician or my lawyer is; … Continue reading

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“hallowed be her name”

      New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is a good writer and a deep, earnest thinker whose moral earnestness and sincerity come through in his op-ed pieces and reflections upon injustices and atrocities he has witnessed in travels … Continue reading

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“don’t misbehave”

    A couple of years ago, I went back to my hometown, Canton, Massachusetts, for a high school reunion and visited an old friend. It was great to see him. We got to talking briefly about our old school … Continue reading

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waiting for …

    “New Yorkers are accustomed to waiting. They wait, usually with Job-like patience, for a long-overdue train to pull into the station. …” — editorial, New York Times, February 28, 2018     *****************************************************     This is typical … Continue reading

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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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