Category Archives: personal views of Roger W. Smith

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

      “Immigrants are some of the most courageous and industrious people humanity has to offer.” — Chardo Richardson, House of Representatives candidate in Florida   “[W]hen New York was being abandoned in the 1960s and 1970s, a flood … Continue reading

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“expressing outrage” … admirable or to be frowned upon?

    I received an email from a relative last week. It was, on the surface at least, well meaning, but it could also be construed as condescending. Re your email expressing outrage with Trump and incarcerated kids, at least … Continue reading

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parental love

    Re the horrendous crime of separating the children of immigrants from their parents. (And it is a crime for which there are no moral or legal reasons, no justification, and no excuses. As the Archbishop of San Antonio, … Continue reading

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drugs

      “We should treat with indulgence every human folly, failing, and vice, bearing in mind that what we have before us are simply our own failings, follies, and vices. For they are just the failings of mankind to … Continue reading

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the particular matters; quotes from famous authors

    “To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.” — William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence”   “If the … Continue reading

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some of my best friends …

      “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” “Don’t cry over spilt milk.” “A watched pot never boils.” “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” “A stitch in time saves nine.” “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound … Continue reading

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vigilante-ism

    re: “They Spoke Spanish in a Montana Store. Then a Border Agent Asked for Their IDs” By Matthew Haag The New York Times May 21, 2018   https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/05/21/us/montana-border-patrol-agents-spanish-speaking.html       This kind of profiling and harassment of … Continue reading

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