In 1933 — for the younguns here, that’s a really long time ago — President Franklin D. Roosevelt said,
This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. (Franklin D. Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933, as published in Samuel Rosenman, ed., The Public Papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Volume Two: The Year of Crisis, 1933 (New York: Random House, 1938), 11–16.)
First, a shout-out to Ashleigh. (And one of my own apologies, if I didn’t spell your name right; I should have asked how to spell it when we were talking.) Ashleigh recognized me at the courthouse today in the stairwell and stopped me to say “hi.” I’m glad to have met one of my readers — it’s especially nice to meet readers like Ashleigh.
Staying with the theme of apologies, I should apologize for treating this blog like the poor step-child. As my regular readers will know, I have another law blog, Probable Cause: The Legal Blog with the Really Low Standard of Review. Partly because I like the name of the blog better — what more reason do I need? — and partly because it was intended to be more generic while this one has a regional focus, I tend to pay more attention to that blog. It shows, too: the readership there is more than six times greater than here!
Enough of the apologies. Well, mine, anyway….