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Of Rights and Responsibilities, by Clarence Carson


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Great Expectations?

Great Expectations?

GARY L. WELTON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES “If your children are no better than you are, you have fathered them in vain, indeed you have lived in vain.” -Solzhenitsyn from “Cancer Ward” Actually, I am not satisfied merely if my children are better than I am, for I have set that bar rather low. At the very least, my goal is that my [...]

I Am a Conservative Western Christian

I Am a Conservative Western Christian

GARY L. WELTON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES In my political views, I consider myself to be a conservative American. In my religious beliefs, I consider myself to be a conservative Christian. I am a conservative Western Christian. Sometimes, however, my two conservative bents seem to be in conflict with one another. I was particularly [...]

Dickens’ Christmas Mystery

Dickens’ Christmas Mystery

For fun Christmas reading this season, I highly recommend John Grisham’s “Skipping Christmas,” or Maeve Binchy’s “This Year It Will Be Different.” For a more thought-provoking read, however, I suggest Charles Dickens’ short story, “A Christmas Tree.” I have often contended that Dickens is at his greatest when he is brief. [...]

My Imperfect Thanks

My Imperfect Thanks

GARY L. WELTON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Christian psychologist David Myers, in his writing and speaking about happiness, has suggested that long-term human happiness is not particularly dependent on our wealth or health. If you tell him that a year ago one person won millions of dollars in the lottery and another became paralyzed, [...]

Your trash, my spring yard work

Your trash, my spring yard work

DR. GARY L. WELTON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES After I picked up the sticks in the yard and raked the leaves that had collected over the winter, I perused the lawn and enjoyed the various signs of spring. A few crocuses were already in bloom. The daffodils were starting to poke up. Indeed, that last little pile of snow would disappear yet [...]

Parental knowledge: Where are my blind spots?

Parental knowledge: Where are my blind spots?

DR. GARY L. WELTON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) frequently airs public-service announcements suggesting that parents should be talking to their children about the dangers of drugs. This is based on evidence that kids who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are 50 percent [...]

The Time of Giving and the Giving of Time

The Time of Giving and the Giving of Time

GARY L. WELTON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Christ is quoted, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Therein is one of life’s toughest lessons. How do we teach our children the habit of giving? We know that social modeling is a powerful teacher. If we lecture our children on giving, yet portray a life of miserliness, there [...]

The Dividends of $elf-Control—Gary L. Welton

The Dividends of $elf-Control—Gary L. Welton

GARY L. WELTON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES As Christmas approaches, Americans are once again spending a lot of money. With that in mind, here are some thoughts on the importance of self-control in our lives. Experience, an excellent teacher, has taught me many critical lessons. I learned word processing through experience. I learned [...]