“Saw a piece in the Journal explaining that a hold up on high-speed rail in the United States is the quality of U.S. tracks isn’t up to the stress of carrying high-speed trains. I’ll bet the folk in Paris’ old L&N rail operations would have been on a problem like that in a flash, and Grandpa Gaddy on it even faster than that.” — Clyde Peterson, Houston.


“Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people’s happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.” — Bertrand Russell, English philosopher and mathematician (1872-1970).

“I’d pretty much put Jack Kennedy and the 1960 election down as the starting point for politics being inordinately about who looks and plays best to the television cameras. Now, very prematurely, here come the politics and politicians of 2020. Think I’ll be on the lookout for a candidate as homely and dull as the rest of us, who just might have some idea what he or she is doing and for whom they ought to be doing it.” — Clyde Peterson.


“The usefulness of a meeting is in inverse proportion to the attendance.” — Lane Kirkland, American labor leader (1922-1999).

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