Re: [coldwarcomms] Re: Sugar Grove Shuts, Joining Yakima
- Just to set the "working for a living" thing straight, Jim - the divide
between officer and enlisted was pronounced. So when you referred to me as
an "officer", I just wanted to make it clear that I was an enlisted man, an
NCO, not a commissioned officer. That was just a humorous way of putting
And thanks for your thoughts, John.
Sent: Saturday, April 27, 2013 10:35 AM
Subject: [coldwarcomms] Re: Sugar Grove Shuts, Joining Yakima
It's all good. This is the open discussion that our founding fathers
intended, because as they understood, the truth usually lies somewhere in
the middle. The "two sides of the aisle" syndrome that the country is
enduring these days is really not new at all, and it actually still seems to
be working OK, even if it does seem overblown sometimes.
At the end of the day, I would not want to be governed by either extreme:
Having Abbie Hoffman's people running the show would be equally as horrible
as having Joseph McCarthy's people at the helm. Most of the country,
thankfully, reside somewhere between those two endpoints, and hopefully the
most reasonable of them have the important jobs: Making the real decisions
that count, based on real world knowledge and experience.
As far as working for a living, I can certainly relate to that. A lot of
people here worked on things that were truly huge, stuff that they still
aren't allowed to talk about. Others have such a wealth of technical
knowledge and skill that I would get an inferiority complex if I wasn't
insulated by my huge ego :^) Then I remember the old saying: All jobs need
to be done, and they need to be done well. However small my contribution
was, I am proud to have done something to help advance the technology
that makes this conversation possible.
 Tending to the more menial aspects of growing and doping amorphous
silicon, which tends to involve breathing toxic nasties and risking hell
fire. Trust me, there is a reason we don't do much of that in this country
anymore. I don't miss trying to teach summer interns the proper handling
procedures for pyrophoric gasses.
Speaking from a secure undisclosed location.
--- In email@example.com, "Frank Helton" <f_helton@...> wrote:
> Not an officer here, Jim, "I worked for a living" per the old saying. I
> just a little put off at the time by the "old guard and its befuddled
> recruits" and "zealous protectors" rhetoric, but no biggie. In hindsight,
> to have reacted at all was inappropriate for this forum.
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