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Aug 21, 2018 at 10:29 AM

Happy birthday Jean, hope you have an awesome day. I see that you are living in Gilbert. My son and his family are also living in Gilbert and the love it there.

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Aug 21, 2018 at 10:27 AM

Happy Birthday Patti, hope you have an awesome day.

Aug 21, 2018 at 10:07 AM

Happy birthday Greg. Hope you have an awesome day.

Aug 21, 2018 at 8:59 AM

Happy Birthday Patti! I how toy have a great day and a fabulous year! ????

Aug 21, 2018 at 2:34 AM
Michael Robinson posted a message. New comment added.
Aug 15, 2018 at 8:02 PM

Posted on: May 28, 2018 at 10:07 AM

I wrote this as a newspaper editorial, but I'm providing it here as an open letter to all my friends....

Shooting the Watchdog

by Michael Robinson

Utahns should be shaking in their boots. Instead they are forcing their heads deeper into the sand.
Lulled by the illusion that their President is a flag-bearer for the Christian Right, they seem to have an unalterable penchant to avoid Trump’s bad behavior, irrationality, and disregard for the law, hoping that the ongoing nightmare will surely end.
That mindset may well reflect Utah’s powerful religious teachings, which make it, virtually, a sin to question leadership. Though all religions teach blind faith, Mormonism has been one of the most effective at suppression of individual thought, even excommunicating its academics and historians for well-researched dissent. Consequently, Utahns are largely swept along by the currents of the dominant group. A recent poll revealed that 61% of Utah still supports Trump. Incredible. It’s time for Utahns to open their eyes.
There has been no time, during the history of our country when its most precious institutions were in greater danger. While waiting with bated breath for a productive Mueller probe, the election interference by Russia is just one issue of many. Certainly, any verified collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign would constitute a treasonable act. Unfortunately that year-long investigation has also become a major distraction from other critical issues. The reality is that Trump’s actions strike at the very core of our democracy.
For me, a trained journalist, there is one threat to democracy I fear most. It is Trump’s ongoing muzzling of the press and his blatant blockade of reliable information.
Utahns, along with the 35% of other Americans, may rationalize that Trump’s bull-in-the-china-shop leadership is harmless--as long as he doesn’t start pushing buttons. While terrorists strike fear into our hearts, the most serious threats to our nation’s security come from within. Trump has shown a frightening disrespect of the law and for the constitutional provisions which were designed to safeguard our freedoms. Among them is the Constitution’s guarantee of a free and unrestrained press.
Not surprisingly, all dictators in modern times have employed two important measures, and Trump, being a keen observer of history (joke), has been no exception: While George Washington is squirming in his grave, our President is becoming crude-but-adept at his use of propaganda and censorship. Recently he has begun to exclude legitimate news sources—including the AP and CNN--from observing the workings of government, while creating an endless stream of the same type of “fake news” he so vocally condemns. While many Utahns have grasped Trumps egregious hypocrisies, a surprising number have been duped by Trump’s constant stream of lies and his unceasing attacks on his detractors.
The constitutional guarantee of a free press is one of our most cherished possessions--and one of our gravest concerns. That freedom was the first one to fall in Hitler’s Third Reich, Stalin’s “reign of terror,” and, more recently, the regimes of Saddam Hussein, Putin and Kim Jong-un. These ruthless tyrants have squelched truth, keeping the populace immersed in a sea of propaganda. But, dictators cannot hope to keep their power if the press isn’t under their control.
There seems to be only one factor that threatens Trump’s brassy bravado—one single thing that really scares him: President Trump fears nothing more than the truth. The plentiful supply of unsavory disclosures about him—one repugnant revelation after another—has given him a reason to attack all credible news sources. While Trump’s assault on the press has intensified over time, it is certainly nothing new.
His anti-press railing began long before he was elected President. Early in his campaign he coined a new moniker for any reports that held him in a dim light: “Fake news.” During that period Trump did everything possible to destroy the credibility of the press and limit its right to publish the truth. He threatened newspapers and TV journalists for reporting his misbehavior, and advocated that press credentials should be revoked for those who opposed him. This, of course, should have been no surprise to those who knew the man for what he is. It seems there’s a consensus among mental healthcare professionals: “a toxic narcissist with a “borderline” personality disorder.” Some have dared call him a sociopath. He is definitely a con-man.
Typical of people with his type of character defect, Trump considers all critics to be his enemies. That’s tragic. To the normal person, criticism spawns self-discovery; self discovery leads to personal introspection; introspection helps to create a better human being. Were Trump capable of using criticism constructively, he might have actually been able to rise above his faults. Now we see; that simply won’t happen.
Despite outcries, Trump seems more committed than ever to restrain and muzzle the press. He listens only to those who applaud him and vilifies those who dare to question his wisdom. His endless chain of hire-then-fire missteps should be an unmistakable clue about what he’s up to. Anyone competent—someone who dares to counsel the President on an issue--is quickly fired. Only the “Mini-Me”s will remain. Similarly, journalists who accurately report his nonsensical, unpredictable behavior will be met with denial, insult, and a flurry of accusations; the yes-men will be retained until their usefulness is spent.
Any Utahn who stands for a cleaner environment, protection of national archeological treasures, quality public education, enforcement of laws against monopolies, proper oversight and regulation of financial institutions, and affordable healthcare is no friend of Trump. Furthermore he has packed the federal courts with judges who have little interest in protecting the rights of the common citizen, pandering, instead, only to the richest.
Many Utahns may applaud Trump for his blurring of the boundary between religion and government. They may rally about his decision to de-fund Planned Parenthood too. While the rah-rah-rah rises to a deafening din, it serves only to smoke-screen Trump’s insidious attack on our constitutional freedoms. His proclamation of his own Christianity is merely a hollow masquerade, and the Christian Right, he supposedly represents, is neither Christian nor right.
Will Trump deliver his promise of “draining the swamp?” Utah, of course, has no swamps, so this concept may be a bit obscure. Here, I’ll help you visualize it: Murky water, full of decaying plants and animals, parasitic organisms hanging overhead, scary ravenous creatures lurking, unseen, beneath the surface, and slime—lots of slime.
Sure. Spun by a clever, Trump-controlled press, this is how he’ll drain it: 1) hire more snakes and crocodiles—ones committed to Trump’s self-serving agenda 2) spray lilac room deodorant throughout the foul air, 3) weight the bodies of those who have succumbed, to make sure the evidence doesn’t surface, and 4) strategically place “Lifeguard on Duty” signs for a largely-clueless population that desperately wants to believe America’s great leader is actually on the same team.
Very much an echo of the most ruthless demagogues of our world, Trump is systematically destroying the institutions that have ensured democracy’s survival. I was taught that a free press is the “watchdog of society,” but, with gun-in-hand, Trump seeks to kill that great safeguard of our political system.
Attributed to Joseph Smith, Mormonism’s first prophet, the White Horse Prophecy was quoted, in part, by a long series of Church leaders. Its substance was that “the Constitution of the United States would hang “by a thread” and that it would be the Mormon Elders who would save it from “utter destruction.” Well, Utahns, Joseph Smith seems to have been right about the Constitution being in trouble, but it can only be saved one vote at a time.
Utahns and all Americans, should be screaming about Trump’s relentless assault on the press. For Trump, we should allow no more benefit of the doubt. He is a threat to America and is trampling its constitutional safeguards. We, as voters, need to end his moves toward dictatorial rule. Just remember, it has happened before to a variety of democratic governments. Without decisive action by voters, our great country can slip, with stunning rapidity, from the illusion of a democracy into an autocratic state.

Michael Robinson, now a retired business owner, was an Army Asst. Information Officer during the Vietnam War, wrote a column for his university’s newspaper, and is a published novelist and poet. He lives in Utah with his wife Carol and one mongrel dog.

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Aug 13, 2018 at 2:27 PM

Posted on: May 06, 2018 at 8:49 AM

For a fresh take on an old subject, take a look at my editorial run today in the Salt Lake Tribune: https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/commentary/2018/05/05/commentary-we-are-partnered-with-the-wrong-side-in-the-middle-east/

Steve Smith posted a message.
Aug 12, 2018 at 7:15 AM

I have been so busy with my wife that I pretty much have stopped wishing everyone a happy birthday but when I saw your site this morning (took the time to look at our site) your picture of you in the UH-1 came up again. Hope you had a great birthday yesterday and it looks like loving life is your passion. You have a great smile, like my wife and with you family genetics it looks like you will be enjoying life for a long time. Maria and I will celebrate our 50th on the 23rd and five years ago we wondered if we were going to see it!

Aug 11, 2018 at 1:38 PM

Oops sorry posted to Wong person but still wish you s happy birthday !

Aug 11, 2018 at 1:36 PM

Happy Birthday to my Wm. Stewart friend ! Hope this greeting finds you having a great birthday . Hope this birthday year is full of joy love given and received good health and adventure !

Aug 11, 2018 at 12:57 PM

Happy Birthday Linda, hope you have an awesome day. Please send me some information on your facility so we c as n exchange treatment facility information.

Aug 07, 2018 at 10:28 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Marty! My favorite memory of you is the photo of you on the front page of the Deseret News in 1964, making a layup shot at the State Basketball Championship game, with the headline, "Sun Rises In the East!" What a great victory that was!!! After 50 years, East finally won a state championship in basketball!!!

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Aug 04, 2018 at 11:28 AM

Posted on: Aug 04, 2018 at 11:24 AM

Lee, unless I'm hallucinating I think your cabin was the first place and time I got drunk. I went over to Highland for school even though I lived in the East boundary. I signed on as a guest on this site because I had so many friends at East growing up. Gene Panek took me to your keg party on a snowy night. I had a large mug or mason jar and drank it a little too fast, and then another. Before I knew it I was puking out on the deck. Right on cue, I believe it was Lee Smith or cousin Rusty who came bounding out of the cabin and hit the puck and slide right off the deck. My night was over but some of you stayed around while Panek and I headed down the canyon and it took all of his driving skills to keep us mostly on the road. Always a lightweight when drinking Gene had all his wits about him. My first hangover in the morning was hell. Rusty, who lived about a block away from me and stopped by to see if I was still alive. I didn't drink for a long time after that. I think we were sophomores at the time and being a jock I couldn't even think of keeping up with you guys. You were a fun guy and I hope you have kept having fun. Al Andrus

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Jul 31, 2018 at 7:56 AM

Posted on: Jul 29, 2018 at 9:27 PM

Five years ago I located and bought the same MG I owned during my senior year at East High. I still have fond memories of driving the car to school with the top down and the wind blowing through my bangs. Finding and owning my car for a second time was a thrill. However, the first thing I noticed was it drove much slower and was more rigid than I remembered from my days at East. And then I thought, "Could it be that I've become much slower and more rigid."

This year at British Field Day car show, I showed both my MG and Austin Healey "Bugeye" Sprite. What made the event really enjoyable was our very own East High alumni Steve Smith was there showing his beautiful MGA coupe. People loved our cars and a few made offers buy both Steve's and my MG. So, I decided to sell. My wife thought I was heartless and accused me of doing something akin to selling my own dog. With some regret and hiding a small tear from a few onlooking neighbors, I loaded the MG on a trailer and sent it to a new home. It didn't stop there. Now I'm selling my "Bugeye". Don't get me wrong. I love British sports cars and they are still in my blood so my plan is to find a "Big" Healey 3000.

The reason for this post is not to get the guilt of selling an old friend off my chest (okay maybe that's part of it) but to remind us of the wonderful cars of the Sixties. Those cars are not only beautiful but trigger fond memories of our years at East High.

Jul 30, 2018 at 2:33 AM