Restoring Unity Through Patriotism – The Values That Can Bring Us Together

graphic image combining the American flag and the Declaration of Independance

by Oletta Branstiter Facts + Principles = Opinions I teach my students that forming a strong opinion consists of filtering facts through personal principles to make an ideological conclusion. They learn that if our opinions differ, it’s because our valid personal principles differ. I impress upon my students that opinions cannot be wrong, and should be shared and accepted with respect. It has occurred to me, especially in light of recent divisive statements and protests in current events, that while opinions cannot be “wrong”, they can foment disunity. Diversity at the…

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Should We Stop Celebrating the False Pride of “Diversity”? My Tolerant Dad Would Say Yes.

by Oletta Branstiter The LGBTQ Community has been marching and shouting “Pride” in downtown San Francisco all weekend.  The festivities began days before I was leaving on a jet plane back to DFW Airport. I saw the ad spots on TV while I was chilling in my motel suite in Redwood Shores for a week. Don’t ask my 87-year-old father what he thinks of the gay political agenda unless you want his honest opinion. “We’re not going to The City this weekend,” would be his simple reply. Is he a…

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Real Parents, Real Love: Accepting Mixed Families Without Question

By Janice Barlow The American family is probably a more diverse unit than ever in the history of our nation. Gone are the days where “real families” were comprised of a TV version of a white mother and father, and two or three blond-haired blue eyed children, who belonged to both parents. The divorce rate is only part of the reason for mixed families, and possibly the least noticeable. After all, when two people who have children from previous marriages combine households, they often are still both white or black.…

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