Chicago Teachers Strike: What is the Answer?

"I'll be bloodied and you'll be bloodied, but at least you'll know not to bully me again." ~ Jay Rehak, Chicago teacher Source: Chicago Tribune Much fuss is being made about the need for teachers in classrooms in Chicago as they strike today, creating chaos city-wide. But with teachers who make comments like the one above, I'm thinking the students may be better off outside of their classrooms. I expect such immaturity from students -- elementary students, that is -- but not … [Read more...]

Dem Convention Video: Do You Belong to the Government?

By now you've no doubt heard of the video shown on the first day of the Democratic Party convention that claimed "government is the only thing we all belong to."  If you haven't, here is the 17-second clip in question: There's some truth to it. I just shocked some of my left-leaning readers, I know. But we do all share bonds and interests that find expression in the business of the polis or public life of the people in civil government. But it's the use of the word belong to describe our … [Read more...]

Separation of Church and State — At a Water Park? Really?

You want to swim? Sorry. You're going to have to pay more. All you church people who want to swim with your church youth groups in Willow Springs Water Park in Little Rock, Arkansas, are going to have to pay more thanks to complaints from a non-profit that serves children but is not a church. Eager not to miss an opportunity to evangelize, an humanistic group has also jumped in with both feet, seeking to impress their secular faith upon the private business owner. You can read the entire … [Read more...]

Why Paul Ryan as VP? You Win with an Energized Base

I don't claim to be a political expert, although I've followed politics ever since I could remember. I recall tracking Reagan's win in 1980 when I was but a wee lad. I most enjoy thinking about the human behaviors and leadership patterns behind political decisions. Of course, I'm the guy who watches sports mostly to see the leadership dynamics of the team. Sorry. Can't help it. When I saw that Mitt Romney had chosen Paul Ryan as his VP pick, I had one thought: You win with an energized base. … [Read more...]

Colorado Evil: A Father’s Reluctant Response to Gun Control

Evil exists. It reappeared in a violent and horrific way last week in a Colorado movie theater. I've tried to stay out of the ensuing debate placing blame in all directions. As the father of six, including one son on the verge of his sixth birthday, the tragedy just hit too close to home. It's a horrible thing that's been done, rightly prompting much prayer and sympathy in our own household and, I hope, in yours. Be sure to read this post by a woman of faith who survived in the theater that … [Read more...]


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