THOUGHT for the day, credited to Groucho Marx:"Politics is...

Salmagundi

June 17, 1994

THOUGHT for the day, credited to Groucho Marx:

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies."

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AT recent commencement exercises for Montgomery County's Paint Branch High School, Attorney General Janet Reno gave advice not just for the Class of '94 but for everyone. She told the graduates that the day's events took her back 38 years to her own commencement on a June day in Miami, but she didn't have to go that far back to find some lasting words of wisdom:

"The most important lesson I think I have learned began about nine or 10 years ago when a friend died, leaving me as the legal guardian of her 15 year-old twins. . . One of the most rewarding moments of my life was when I put [one of those] young ladies on a plane to send her to college, and then three years later when I went to watch her graduate cum laude. . . On both occasions, she threw her arms around my neck and said, 'Thank you. I couldn't have done it without you.'

"That is as rewarding as any professional experience I have ever had. . . Never forget your family. They are your salvation. . .

"You may become president of the United States. You may become attorney general. But never forget where you came from. Never forget your neighborhood. . . Never forget your friends."

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