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Rex Smith: Free speech, pulpit speech and tax laws

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 08:14:57 +0000

Each school day when I was a little boy began with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by all the students bowing their heads to recite the Lord’s Prayer. Then came a bit of stumbling between the children taught to ask forgiveness for our “trespasses” and those who sought forgiveness for “debts” – which I saw

Rex Smith: When what’s said simply is not true

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 08:14:32 +0000

There’s a lot of talk in journalism circles these days about what word can best characterize something that is not factually correct. You might say that it is “unsubstantiated,” or perhaps that it’s “unproven.” You may say that something was “falsely claimed.” You might juxtapose what’s said alongside comments of other people who point to

Rex Smith: A president stands alone on a promise

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:14:15 +0000

While a president and his successor shared tea in the White House Friday, troops advanced toward the capital of The Gambia, a tiny West African nation where a defeated president was refusing to yield power, even as troops advanced to force his departure. As Donald and Melania Trump escorted Barack and Michelle Obama to a

Rex Smith: The spy who came in with a Trump tale

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:13:56 +0000

The phrase was chilling. Omitting the contemporary names, it evoked Cold War plots peopled with brusque patriots icily staring death in the face: “Ex-Spy Goes to Ground,” it said. Goes to ground. I didn’t know the phrase. It’s derived, I learned, from the action a fox or other animal may take to enter the earth

Rex Smith: Ring again, clarion call to freedoms

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 08:13:35 +0000

Blame John F. Kennedy for spoiling us for ever again appreciating a presidential speech. Nobody can top his inaugural address – its rhythmic pulse, its call to service of a younger generation, its invocation of America’s role leading the world. Everything said since by any president – even Barack Obama, no slouch as either an

Rex Smith: A dog’s life, a craft in need of courage

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:13:08 +0000

The dog was at risk of dying, my wife told me, so we had to act quickly. My first thought was a selfish one: What a predictably awful ending to a fairly lousy year. Maybe you feel similarly about 2016. And maybe you, too, will decide to draw on the resources you have to meet

Rex Smith: Lessons for government in packaging

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 07:53:27 +0000

There’s a way in which public records are like potato chips and pork sausage, which I will explain to you shortly. To start, though, we need to talk about journalism and an impediment to its good practice. Public service journalism rests on a pretty simple proposition: Citizens need to know what goes on beyond their

Rex Smith: Naughty or nice, Santa’s gift for you

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 07:53:03 +0000

Santa Claus stopped by the newsroom the other day for some advice. He was in town accidentally, he said, because his new self-driving Ubersleigh mistook Albany for the North Pole. It was cold here this week, you know. “Ho-ho-hoping you can help me fill out the list of those who get presents and those who

Rex Smith: What’s the hullabaloo about lies?

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:52:49 +0000

The union leader at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis claims that the president-elect is lying about saving 1,100 jobs that were headed to Mexico. Even if he is right – and Donald Trump insists he is not – nobody’s getting too worked up about this. There are, after all, bigger fish to fry than a

Rex Smith: A victory lap leaves truth in the pack

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:50:57 +0000

The president-elect is taking a victory lap, and heaven knows he deserves it. Nobody thought the guy would win. Lots of people laughed at him; they said there was no way Americans would elect such a narcissistic, ill-informed, morally challenged prevaricator to the White House. That’s what some people said. He showed them, didn’t he?