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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Last week, my article on unintended consequences resulted in several responses asking what I would do to fix government. I have a list of items that can be implemented to correct many of the issues facing our nation. Let me start with the balance of trade. A favorable balance of trade means that a country is exporting more than it imports. This is necessary for a healthy and vibrant economy. We have an unfavorable trade balance that means we import more than we export. Over the last 10 years, these trade imbalances caused part of the dire financial straits our country is in.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Although my scariest Halloween ever was 64 years ago, I remember it as if it were today.

I was 7-years old at the time and incredibly excited about Halloween. Each year, scores of kids would parade into our grocery store in Summit Hill, say a brief rhyme or sing a silly song after which they would collect a nickel from my mother or father.

Until I was a few years older, I preferred staying at the store rather than go out Halloweening because I enjoyed seeing the parade of costumes.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

In the United States, we have emphasized political correctness over the last several decades. Many of us do not publicly express some of our thoughts and opinions because they are not considered "politically correct". For this article I am going to tell it like it is. I am tired of one-sided attacks against Americans and Christianity. In the Washington Times this week Mr. Anjem Choudary, a radical British Muslim, stated that the Islamic flag would fly over the White House. In the article he claims that Sharia law will govern the entire world.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Today is the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks upon the United States. As I reflect on the event, I am concerned that our country remains exposed.

It may be more difficult to attack two office towers today, but there are many other exposures. Our borders remain poorly secured with foreign nationals entering the country like water pouring through a sieve. Recent reports indicate that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has detained fewer people than last year.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

By GORDON SMITH

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Saturday, July 17, 2010
TIMES NEWS PHOTO BY BRANDON TAYLOR The intercity train for Tianjin, a coastal city near Beijing, ready to leave the Beijing South Railway station. Not five minutes after departing, the train cruises at a smooth 211 mph toward Tianjin.

My seat was in the full, upright position as one of the attendants came by. I showed her my ticket, to which she smiled and said, "Enjoy your trip."

The seat was spacious and comfortable. I'd paid extra for business class. And I had a window seat. A muffled voice came over the loudspeaker, informing us about our departure time and destination. Before I could ask for a complimentary drink, we were off - the intercity train for Tianjin, a coastal city near Beijing, leaving the station without so much as a jolt or engine start.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The unemployment rate continues to linger above nine percent. This is actually an improvement and we were recently told we have turned the corner. Tell that to those seeking work and cannot find a job.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Father's Day has just passed and I was away from my family this year. My job had called for me to be in a foreign country to help set up a new process.

Our two children, Laura and John Jr., made it plain to me that they appreciated me by sending messages through various online media.

Today, I have to wonder, we have a Mother's Day; we have a Father's Day; and we have a Grandparent's Day. Why don't we have a Children's Day?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

As I listen to the news, I'm bombarded with stories of the importance of Immigration Reform. Why is reform necessary? I came to this country legally as an immigrant. Applicants apply in their home countries, are fairly treated and processed for legal entry into the United States. For those who are already in the country on valid visas, there is a process for them to follow so they can get their green card. Based on my personal experience with the process, I believe that the immigration system is fair, and it works well.

Saturday, May 22, 2010
TIMES NEWS PHOTO BY BRANDON TAYLOR Meeting some good fiends - Michael and Mary Ruth Taylor meet Vivian and Bill, two friends of Brandon Taylor. The Chinese do not have English last names.

Six months, four weeks - roughly 210 days. That's how long it had been since I'd given my mom a hug or high-fived my brother Michael. But after months of planning and waiting, they arrived in Beijing for a 10-day tour of the Chinese capital in early April, with me as their tour guide.

While touring Tiananmen, traversing the Great Wall, and eating authentic Chinese cuisine had taken up the majority of their stay, I tried to weave in visits with my friends here in Beijing.