Bits from the past: Living east of the Capitol in the 1960s

Sam Smith - In my 1960s neighborhood east of the US Capitol, the Age of Aquarius often looked more like a war zone. Many of the people there were not part of a counter-culture but of an abandoned culture. Even the jukebox at the Stanton Grill -- purveyors of Greek and American food to white … Continue reading Bits from the past: Living east of the Capitol in the 1960s

An interview with Sam Smith on the care and feeding of a third party

From an interview conducted by Ben Smith, a history major at Haverford College, on January 12, 2000 at the offices of the Progressive Review. Ben Smith, no relation to Sam Smith, was in Washington studying the history of the DC Statehood Green Party, which has elected candidates to public office for most of its thirty … Continue reading An interview with Sam Smith on the care and feeding of a third party

One good reason why Merrick Garland shouldn’t be FBI director

Sam Smith - Or on the Supreme Court for that matter. I admit to some personal bias in this, but because I was one of 19 plaintiffs in a case that went before DC's Federal Appeals Court that not only affected me but all the other deprived citizens of the nation's capital. After Garland and … Continue reading One good reason why Merrick Garland shouldn’t be FBI director