Individual responsibility versus the state

by Ben Kinchlow -- The current set of problems in America exists primarily from the usurpation of power at the national level because of the abdication of personal responsibility at the local more…

A modern makeover for Pledge of Allegiance

by Ben Kinchlow -- From grade one to "eighth-grade graduation" and on into high school, I attended all-black segregated schools. In our elementary school, every day began with "The Lord's Prayer" ("in more…

You choose: $20 or $30 an hour?

by Ben Kinchlow -- OK, it's your choice – you get to pick one: To earn the $20 per hour, you have to get up around dawn, grab a quick breakfast or more…

Principles vs. procedures

by Ben Kinchlow -- There are some major controversies – ranging from homosexual rights to gun control to Bible reading in public schools or prayers in/on military bases – brewing all across more…

No separation of church and state

by Ben Kinchlow -- An organization that had been feeding the poor and helping the homeless for more than 30 years was told by a state agriculture department official that they would more…

We're all rich in America

by Ben Kinchlow -- He looked up at his mother and said, "Mom, here in America we are all rich." He shook his head, looked down at the table and said, "I more…

2014: Year of the Bible?

by Ben Kinchlow -- The mayor of a Texas town recently made news and raised some eyebrows when he officially declared 2014, the "Year of the Bible." So why would the mayor more…

2014: It's a new year!

by Ben Kinchlow -- Happy New Year! You will hear it a thousand or more times in the next day or so. Friends, acquaintances, TV hosts, newscasters, store clerks and banners, not more…

Just say it: Merry Christmas!

by Ben Kinchlow -- Pre-Christmas shopping riots, a Salvation Army bell ringer punched for saying "Happy Holidays!," a national newscaster (jokingly or otherwise) who says (in response to a black columnist suggesting more…

'The middle class must not fail,' Part 2

by Ben Kinchlow -- (Editor's note: This is Part 2 in series on Taylor Caldwell's commentary, "The middle class must not fail or all will be lost." The following includes an excerpt more…