Influence

Switzerland, the place of my memory’s alpine meadows and belled grazing cows, has become a foreign land to me.  Some of their people politically push for parenthood for lesbians and homosexuals, or for voting rights for sixteen-year-olds. But then, my influence was here, not there.

Congressman Steve Israel, a former student of mine, attested that I had some influence.  (But so did possibly two other former students, who are now in Sing-Sing.)  Anyway, I, too, have been influenced, by some of the best people this country has produced—nuns, brothers, clergymen.

Don’t think temptation is less here than there.  We are all in this together, and each of us has an influence on his or her fellows.  Make it the best.

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