The privilege of the vote

by Ben Kinchlow -- You will hear it referred to as "the House." That is because today most people, especially the media, simply refer to it by that name. Properly identified, it more…

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…