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YOUNG PEOPLE'S BILL OF RESPONSIBILITIES
News and Views
The following was taken from a very old newspaper clipping which has been passed around in my family for many years. Parents and concerned citizens need to put a stop to liberal educators and "left leaning" social scientists using our children as laboratory subjects for their own personal experimentation. I strongly believe the faculty and administrators of our schools should take a hard look at what worked in the past and apply such in the future. If anyone can supply me with the identity of the author of this article, I’ll make sure proper attributions are later given. Here it is.

Posted by van on Monday, June 11 @ 00:31:16 CDT
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A COMPELLING COMMENCEMENT SPEECH FOR ALL COLLEGE GRADUATES
Patriotism
Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech, by definition, needs no protection. This message is wonderful since it conveys the cold, cold wind of reality. Neal Boortz is a Texan, a lawyer, a Texas Aggie (Texas A&M), and now a nationally syndicated talk show host from Atlanta . His commencement address to the graduates of a recent Texas A&M class is far different from what either the students or the faculty expected. His views are thought provoking. This was sent to me by a dear friend of many years probably (many thanks Margaret) because she knows it is the kind of message I think all graduates should hear.

Posted by van on Monday, May 28 @ 16:33:27 CDT
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GREAT GENERALS AND WARRIOR LEADERS CHANGE THE TIDE OF WAR AND BATTLE
Patriotism
As stated in other articles, I receive a great number of articles which are on points to which I subscribe, however, only very few are chosen to re-print verbatim in this blog. This title article is introduced by a retired Air Force General and is written by a retired U.S. Army General. While on active duty, it was said of me, "Van is his name, Tactics is his game." Thus as a retired senior ranked U.S. Army Officer myself, I carefully screen military articles. The writings of these two generals, I believe are "right on" with respect to a plan for the prosecution of our ongoing efforts in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Read on and see if you agree. And now, the words of BG Jim Cash.

Posted by van on Monday, September 20 @ 23:56:03 CDT
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THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WE ENJOY MIGHT BE IN JEOPARDY
Religion
In our country, we profess "FREEDOM OF RELIGION." The framers however never intended America to have "Freedom FROM Religion", but rather, that the "State" would never create or adopt a "State Religion" as is the case in a number of countries. We more or less subscribe to the practice of "Live and let live" because we have never before been faced with the possibility of actually losing many of the Freedoms we enjoy. The following story was adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond's book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat. It certainly gives us much to ponder!

Posted by van on Monday, August 02 @ 21:08:00 CDT
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STORIES THE DRIVE BY MEDIA ARE AFRAID TO PUBLISH
News and Views
Ever since I ran the first story on Vansopinion.com [now Vansopinions.com] years ago, like others, I have withheld stories, pulled punches to avoid embarrassing folks who should have been embarrassed and have been extremely "Politically Correct." Seldom did I ever include names, addresses and telephone numbers of those needing exposure. That is about to change! The Vansopinions readers, will feast upon stories the "drive by" media are afraid to publish.

Posted by van on Monday, August 02 @ 00:00:00 CDT
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COMMENTS ON IN HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION
Humor
Folks, it has been months since time permitted yours truly to post words of wit and wisdom on vansopinion, but that is about to change. Since the last posting, I have been in twenty-six states, Washington D.C. [two times] and Canada on business and pleasure Additionally, I am currently working on matters that will likely take me to Chicago in the next week or so and possibly back to the nation’s capitol [aka Disneyland East] A volley of information will be forthcoming on my blog which you will find informative in part, interesting in part and some will be "leg slapping" funny. You can catagorize the following as you see fit.

Posted by van on Monday, October 26 @ 22:37:15 CDT
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KEEP YOUR FORK, THE BEST IS YET TO COME
Religion
We Lutherans, are big on congregational dinners. It is sort of customary that the ladies of the church put together a "lunch" for the family and friends of the deceased who gather after the funeral service. This provides a means of celebrating the departed’s life on earth and the sharing of cherished memories with one another. While funerals are a time of sadness, they also are a time of joy for those who know their loved one has entered an Everlasting Life which is far better than the one they left. This is a thought provoking message with a point....or you might say, FOOD FOR THOUGHT..

Posted by van on Wednesday, June 24 @ 02:47:07 CDT
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SOME LUTHERAN PASTORS ARE GETTING SCREWED BY THEIR CONGREGATIONS
Religion
There is a growing trend in this country for members of congregations who, for one reason or another, have a disagreement on a spiritual or secular matter with their Pastor, to organize a mean spirited, gossip laden, outright brutal campaign to dump him. Most usually there is no Christian basis for these acts and actions. Such was the case recently at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Emma, Missouri and such is the case now in progress at Saint Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hampton, Nebraska. The Rev. Clint Poppe, who until recently served as First Vice President of the Nebraska District of the LCMS in addition to being Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, wrote a paper entitled "Not a Good Fit" which originally appeared in Logia, A Journal of Lutheran Theology. Since that periodical is read for the most part by professional church workers and since it deals with the subject at hand, with Poppe’s permission, the paper is reprinted here verbatim for wider attention. Lutheran laymen, Called and Ordained Servants of the Word, take due notice of the contents thereof and govern yourselves accordingly

Posted by van on Tuesday, June 23 @ 01:46:24 CDT
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PASTORS GET LITTLE SUPPORT FROM THE LUTHERAN CHURCH MISSOURI SYNOD
Religion
This will be the first in a short series concerning the growing trend for the leadership of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LC-MS) to abandon pastors when being abused by congregational trouble makers. While this may cross synodical lines, as a confirmed Lutheran and member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, I have learned of the lackluster leadership in the Nebraska District and failures of the District President to fully exercise the power of his office when circumstances clearly warrant a bit of "tough love."

Posted by van on Thursday, June 18 @ 13:34:12 CDT
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PROCLAMATIONS OF THANKSGIVING BY PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN
News and Views
Lest we forget, it was Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States of America, and the first Republican holding that office who set aside a day for our nation and it’s people to give thanks to God. During his presidency the Civil War began and ended after his re-election to that office. Lincoln was called an ape, a baboon, a buffoon, a clown, a usurper, a traitor, a tyrant, a monster, an idiot, a eunuch, a bigot, a demagogue, a lunatic, a despot, a blunderer, a charlatan and a bully, It is said that from the day of his inauguration to the day of his assassination the invective was unrelenting, but he never abandoned his sense of humor, his dedication to purpose and his reverence for God. The same might be said of the forty-third president, also a Republican - George W. Bush whose tour of duty involved an unpopular war. Both served with dignity, both loved their country, both put patriotism before politics! Both "Stayed the course." The United States of America is a better place because of each of them

Posted by van on Thursday, November 27 @ 23:06:37 CST
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