Heres a story we need to see. Roger Mason, Jr., a star shooting guard for the San Antonio Spurs, is shown in the Washington Times recently giving high fives to a group of boys at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Northwest D.C. Mason formerly played for the Washington Wizards, but left to join the Spurs last summer.
Despite moving more than a thousand miles away, Roger Mason has not forgotten his roots. His Roger Mason Foundation is a partner with the local charter school, and Roger is playing a part in the lives of area children. Fifty local students will attend Movie Night with Mase this week. They were selected on the basis of essays they wrote. Many of the kids wrote about Roger Mason and how he is an inspirational figure to them. That means more to me than anything, Mason told The Washington Times sports writer, Tom Knott, thats the cool part. Thats the type of thing thats special to me.
I am especially grateful to Tom Knott for giving us this wonderful story. Too often, the media highlight the lurid, the weird, the criminal. But Roger Mason is not just quiet, steady, dependable Mason, the guy behind the guy but ever capable. Roger is a star.
Roger Mason was a classmate of my children. He graduated from Calvary Lutheran School in Silver Spring, Maryland in the ‘90s. He was a standout athleteeven in fourth grade! And he was quiet, modest and ever capable, even then.
Calvary Lutheran did beautiful things. All 123 children in that school read on grade level.
That is something few schools can boast. Teachers at Calvary had to teach for twenty-three years before they earned as much as an entry-level teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools. The amazing thing is that we had four teachers who were at that level.
I sometimes get ribbed by liberal friends about sending my children to Christian schools.
Oh, joining the white flight, eh? Well, we did join the whiteand blackflight to Calvary, where 85 percent of the students were minority students. But we didnt pay attention to that back then. Instead, we were drawn to those words engraved in stone above the entrance to Calvary: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
I thank God for Calvary Lutheran School, what it has meant to my family, and what it meant to Roger Mason. He continues to bless this community, San Antonio, and any other community that is fortunate enough to know him. Oh, and E.L. Haynes Public Charter School? Its right down the street from Calvary.
You may not be interested in war, said Leon Trotsky, but war is interested in you.
I probably wouldnt agree with anything else that bloodstained old Bolshevik said. But Trotsky was right about that.
On my last visit with my mother in 2005, she told me how my father had proposed to her in 1944. I had never heard the story before. They were discussing their favorite poems by Scotlands beloved Robert Burns. My mother said she really liked Mary Morrison Ma Jo [My Joy]. You realize, Pop said in popping the question, if you marry me your name will be Mary Morrison. It was only their third date, but Pop was shipping out soon for the war zone, having already been in a ship torpedoed by a U-Boat. The prospect of being torpedoed again, like the prospect of being hanged in a fortnight, concentrates the mind. So, they were married, and remained faithfully so for 54 years: a Yankee from New York and a southern lady from the mountains of Virginia. The war brought them together.
My daughter and my wife this summer made a project of cleaning out boxes and plastic tubs from 30 years of Navy moves. My wifes military career had put several lifetimes of memorabilia into an unsorted jumble of packing boxes. Her mothers wedding pictures were unearthed. Not the wedding to her dad, but to Edith Lloyd Stewarts first husband, 1/Lt. Alex Stewart, an Army Air Corps flier, who had been shot down over Romania. Edith lived in a twilight world for seven years, not knowing if she was a widow or not. Finally, with Alex declared dead, she was free to marry Kates dad Jim Dougherty.
“The National Organization for Marriage has launched the Reclaim Iowa Project, targeting legislative races in the state in an effort to elect candidates who support putting the issue of gay marriage before voters.
“Iowa is important because the Supreme Court decision was so against the will of the people of Iowa and the Legislature and Gov. (Chet) Culver showed absolutely no backbone in giving the people the right to have their voices heard,” said Brian Brown, the organization’s executive director.”
” Educators, students and parents continued to debate Wednesday whether youth should learn more about contraception in school, at the latest meeting exploring a proposed change to Utah’s sex education law.
Rep. Lynn Hemingway, D-Salt Lake City, presented a draft of his bill, which would require school districts to offer two tracks of sex education: one that would teach abstinence only and another where teachers would still promote abstinence but also include information on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and contraceptives. Parental permission would be required for students to take the second track.”
“As physicians, we recognize the value of advance planning and counseling and appointing a personal healthcare proxy, commented Dr. Gene Rudd, senior vice president of the 16,000-member CMA. The VA manual goes a step further, however, subtly raising with vulnerable patients the possibility that physical impairments might make their lives, in the words of the manual, not worth living.
The 52-page manual, entitled, “Your Life, Your Choices: Planning for Future Medical Decisions,” lists scenarios such as being in a wheelchair, needing kidney dialysis, or requiring a feeding tube and then asks the patient to consider whether those situations might make his or her life “not worth living.”
“When used in animal research, injections of embryonic stem cells formed tumors afterwards and also prompted the immune system of the intended recipients to reject the cells.
The FDA delayed the trials to review studies of the therapy, called GRNOPC1, in its use with animals.
Now, new reports indicate problems associated with the animals in Geron’s studies prompted the FDA to halt the human trials. Specifically, the animals developed cysts at the injury sites after the injections.”
“A Christian homeschool girl in New Hampshire has been ordered into government-run public school for having “sincerely held” religious beliefs — and the Alliance Defense Fund is troubled by the ruling.”
In the latest Mapping America, the General Social Surveys show that adults who frequently attended religious services as adolescents and grew up living with both biological parents are least likely to smoke.
South Korea is considering four years in prison for Woo-Suk Hwang, the scientist who deceived the world with fraudulent claims he had cloned human embryos and then destroyed them for their embryonic stem cells, in 2004 and 2005. Last year Hwang was prohibited from working with human eggs and embryos.
Despite the ethical concerns and better alternatives, various scientists continue to pursue cloning of human embryos for experiments.