A healthy debate

by Rebecca Hagelin -- OK, so maybe the words aren't that easy to grasp. Maybe trying to wrap the mind around terms such as "assignable tax credits" or "Medicare reimbursement rates" or more…

Stronger marriages, stronger society

by Rebecca Hagelin -- As much of the world parties and welcomes in the new year with great fanfare, my family will most likely enter it quietly and thoughtfully like we do more…

Social insecurity

by Rebecca Hagelin -- Talk about your risky schemes. All we hear from opponents of President Bush's proposal to let workers put some of their Social Security money into Personal Retirement Accounts more…

'Abstinence-only' sex ed

by Rebecca Hagelin -- In the past several years, the tenor of sex education in schools has been gradually changing from: "You're going to do it anyway, so here's how to be more…

A man in the making

by Rebecca Hagelin -- Deep, rich tones permeate the room and hang in the air like a dense, damp fog. Boom, boom, boom. The vibrations from my son's bass guitar seem to more…

Personal patriotism

by Rebecca Hagelin -- A personal story of patriotism was recounted to me several times during my childhood, although I never got too many details. My mother used the story to explain more…

A minute of U.S. history

by Rebecca Hagelin -- Every day, for the past two months, I've received an e-mail treasure that has been so enlightening and educational that it's high time I tell you about them. more…

Dead on arrival

by Rebecca Hagelin -- Their decomposing, swollen bodies were so disfigured and rotten that authorities couldn't even tell how many corpses were stuffed into the locked railroad car. Eleven? Nine? Hard to more…

Surfers Of Faith

by Rebecca Hagelin -- Every day my e-mail inbox is bombarded with the worst the Internet has to offer. It was inevitable that the purveyors of porn and smut would be among more…

Mom's mental illness

by Rebecca Hagelin -- Eight years ago, when I was told that my mother had a serious mental illness, I felt as if she had died. While there was some comfort in more…