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Rachel Allison Reading Ann Bailey’s article about the studies that have come out against the Federal Government’s Head Start preschool program must be discouraging to those whose intentions may have been positive and even altruistic.  But the years of time and effort and billions of dollars...

Kristi Kane Growing up, my parents gave me good advice. I didn't realize how good until I got married. From my Dad, I learned the importance of making wise financial decisions like “putting money aside for a rainy day,” (or saving), and “living within your means”...

Ann Bailey Emma surprised me with her comment.  “I think the lesson learned is government can’t replace the family.”  Not something I would have expected from a high-level public school educator.  I had sent her an article about the latest study showing that the 50-year-old Head...

Maddi Gillel “The strict discipline in educational preparation for professional life is described by John Adams.  By the time his son, John Quincy Adams was 18, the youth had become fairly proficient in Latin, French, and Greek.  He had also studied English and French literature, many...

Carol Soelberg Wednesday, January 16, commemorates the adoption of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom drafted by Thomas Jefferson back in 1786.  That document declared the freedom of religious choice and religious free exercise all thought to be “natural rights of mankind.” Fast forward to today.  Pres....

Rachel Allison This post may offend some of our readers.  If I say something that hits too close to home, just honestly evaluate your child’s involvement and if necessary ignore my observations. My children grew up during the skate-board craze in our neighborhood.  All of their friends...

Diane Robertson Last week in Boulder, Colorado a police officer shot a bull elk. The police officers involved in the shooting of the elk have been put on administrative leave and are under criminal investigation. On Sunday, hundreds of citizens in Boulder, Colorado held a candle...

Jessica Smith In early October as I was packing my car for my two-week long road trip I had no idea that my journey would lead me to the campaign offices to defend traditional marriage in Maryland. During the time that I spent in the offices,...

Maddi Gillel  “Lenin, and later Joseph Stalin, determined that in order to maintain control of the people it would be necessary to completely destroy the family and re-structure it. They passed a law that one could obtain a divorce simply by mailing or delivering a postcard...

Rachel Allison Last week I wrote about Hydeia Broadbent, a young woman’s crusade to stop HIV/AIDS. This week I want to write about some of the “lesser” sexually-transmitted diseases and other problems that are caused by “hooking up.” There are 19 million new infections of sexually transmitted gonorrhea,...

Gordon Jones This past summer my wife and I had the opportunity of traveling through much of Europe. We saw many cities, churches and museums. Of all that we saw, our visit to Auschwitz made the deepest impression. To walk on the grounds where millions of...

Rachel Allison At birth, Hydeia Broadbent was abandoned at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas where Patricia and Loren Broadbent adopted her as an infant. Although her HIV condition was congenital, she was not diagnosed as HIV-positive with advancement to AIDS until...

Maddi Gillel An 80 year old woman was asked to speak to a group of women about marriage.  She had been married to one man all of her married life, and they had raised a large family.  At the end, she opened up a question and...

Diane Robertson Over the past 50 years, we have witnessed the loss of religion and religious values in the public square, in the laws, and in public schools.  These legal changes are most obvious in sex education laws, marriage and divorce laws, and abortion. Yet, changes...

As I look out my window of twinkling lights to the house across the street similarly clad, I smile.  I remember my good neighbor who would say to me every Christmas, “The best gift under the tree is the family all wrapped up in each other!”  And...

Maddi Gillel A religious leader once stated that he feared that by ignoring traditional values in modern life, we are slipping back into the jungle. That statement has stayed in my mind for years.  I try to visualize what we know about jungle life to what we...

Rachel Allison I was wide awake at 4:30 this morning.  My husband came downstairs ten minutes later.  Neither one of us could sleep, and so we sat together and just talked.  Our conversation covered mixed topics, but I was surprised at how often we returned to...

Bobbie Jager I am a mother of 13 children, and like you my heart is heavy from the shooting in Sandy Connecticut.  Our world is in a critical condition.  There are mothers and fathers tonight who have empty arms and our nation has been once again...

Diane Robertson Today in Connecticut, 20 young children and 6 adults died when a gun man opened fire in their school. Tonight, 40 parents will not be tucking their babies into bed. Tonight, 40 parents are not going to hear little voices saying “I love you.”...

Maddi Gillel Many years ago I had a neighbor that I was good friends with.  She had children who were my children’s ages and they played together a lot.  She and I would visit and talk about the hot topics of the day.  One day I...

Ann Bailey New York City is back in the news with another form of devastation plaguing its citizens, a kind that isn’t usually discussed in polite company.  According to a new report from the Department of Health, the spread of HIV/AIDS, syphilis, hepatitis B, chlamydia, and...

Rachel Allison As I was working with a group of eight to eleven-year-old children in my church this past weekend, I was disheartened at how undisciplined and disrespectful they were.  After a lot of “shushing” which brought no results whatever, I sternly reminded the children that...

Ann Bailey You can’t sing Christmas Carols or say Merry Christmas.  You can’t put up a nativity scene or read the Christmas story from the Bible.  You can’t do any of this at your child’s school? That’s what groups like the Freedom from Religion want you...

Here’s the question we asked UFI readers: “In an effort to thwart the negative educational & cultural influences assaulting your children, how seriously have you considered homeschooling?” Here’s how our readers responded: 17 percent       Won’t be considering it 33 percent       Starting to contemplating it 33 percent       Watching closely and...

Diane Robertson The nine justices of the Supreme Court have just decided to hear the California Proposition 8 case and one DOMA case (Defense of Marriage Act). These cases will be heard before the court in March and a decision will be expected by the end...