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God Bless, Ralph Smeed A True American Hero! (Video)

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Ralph Smeed A True American Hero!

In Memory Of Our Friend Ralph Smeed….

Smeed, 88, co-founded the Center for the Study of Market Alternatives in Caldwell in the 1970s. He’s spent decades proselytizing about thinkers including 18th-century Scottish economist Adam Smith and 19th-century French economist Frederic Bastiat.

He’s most famous for his electronic readerboard in Caldwell, near his FarmCity Agri-Business Park, which features pungent commentary on current events under the heading, “Making Statism Unpopular.”

In addition to Otter, Smeed played a leading role in the careers of former U.S. Sen. Steve Symms, R-Idaho, and U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth Hage, R-Idaho.

Ralph Smeed Making Statism Unpopular!

I will add my name to the list of people Ralph played a role in shaping their political views and the fight for conservative values and making statism unpopular. I am a fourth generation Caldwellite-Canyon County resident My Grandfather, Father and I have known Ralph collectively for all his life. My father and Ralph worked together on Steve Symms first campaign, running for Idaho’s First Congressional District. During the last several months I was privileged to have several wit-exchanging conservations with Ralph.  A few years ago I started calling him professor Smeed…I know he liked it, but he would reply by saying “Quit calling me names!”-I will miss Ralph “Professor Smeed” in deed!

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Written by Bill Hurst/ LaFonda Merrick

September 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm