Being a father means being there
A week ago, I was able to witness one of the greatest miracles in my life, the birthing of my son, Brendan Kirk.
As I held him for the first time, holding his little hands, playing with his little feet, our eyes staring at one another, I felt for the first time in my life that there was someone who depended solely on me.
Someone who for the next 18 years of his life would learn from my every move, someone whose very life would be shaped by my very existence. Looking into his eyes made me realize how important it is to be called a father.
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Maybe I'm just an idealist or a young man full of hope, but how is it that a man can look into his child's eyes and not desire to be there for that child for the rest of his or her life. To some, a child support check fulfills the place of being a father, but is money really enough?
To me, being there to watch them grow, to instruct them according to the way they should go, providing and protecting is what fatherhood is all about.
How can a man sleep or eat and not know if his child is sleeping with the same sense of comfort, or if his child is eating?
How can a man call himself a father and not be around for the development of his child?
How can a man expect to be called a father when a father is defined as one who takes responsibility for a child?
As a nation, many of our men have resorted to the phase of "baby's daddy," and we see the results of this every time we see a single mother trying to be both mother and father to a child. Where are the fathers?
Those who showed up on the first day of school and walked us to the bus stop, those who showed up for football games and played basketball with the neighborhood kids?
Those who taught us how to be a man and punished us for acting up in school or playing in church?
I received the greatest Father's Day gift that I could ever receive -- my son, Brendan.
Happy Father's Day to all of the men who are worthy of the title "Father," and to the rest of my brothers, don't just settle for being a "baby's daddy."
It's a two-party dictatorship
The Democrats are so afraid of John McCain that they are distorting the presidential race by attempting to making it a campaign against George Bush, who is leaving office and cannot be a candidate, instead of McCain, the true American hero.
They know that Obama hasn't a chance against McCain. He's all talk with no substance. I think he might be a reincarnation of Huey Long.
The Democrats have been challenged by McCain to a series of "town hall" debates, the most democratic form of campaigning, yet they falter in accepting for their silver-tongued candidate.
I, of course, think both major parties, are responsible for all of our political problems, and their unfair use, manipulations and control of state election laws have kept the legitimate Libertarian Party from gaining permanent ballot status in two states since its origin 37 years ago in 1971. We don't have a democracy or a republic; we have a two-party dictatorship.
Make no mistake, regardless of what we think of McCain, Obama has one agenda: To socialize America. Look up his history; check out his friends and asssociates. His life-long mantra is and has been Karl Marx's: "From each according to his ability; to each according to his need."
Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has listed her "veto-proof " goals if Obama is elected president, and they include raising taxes on every form of income and profit of all retired seniors, the middle class, small business owners and the millions of minor stock and mutual fund owners.
Check out every promise by every Democratic candidate and you will see that raising taxes is their real motive. The "change" they seek is the change and the dollars in your pocket.
A government of, by and for the people is bogus if a majority of the people want government hand-outs.
McKown isn't a do-gooder
As a citizen of South Carolina, I feel compelled to respond to the letter from Cynthia Gross, "McKown was railroaded." Since she does not live in York County, she must be either a good friend of Doug McKown or is going only by what she has read or seen on TV to justify her statements.
I am not sure what evidence she feels is fabricated. There were illegal drugs found in his home. Not just the Viagra but also cocaine. The charges brought against him that were based on drug users and dealers were the same drug users and dealers he associated with himself. One was a live-in girlfriend. Has Cynthia ever heard of "guilt by association"? I, for one, don't want an elected government official in my county associating with criminals.
As far as Mr. McKown's never being seen doing anything wrong, did you not see the videotape on TV with him in it while his girlfriend sold the illegal drugs? Which, by the way, was being taped by an undercover law enforcement officer, not a drug dealer. He is far from a local do-gooder.
My husband is a sheriff's deputy for York County, and I, for one, am very happy with the way the law enforcement represents the people of York County.
Everybody makes mistakes sometime
This letter is in response to an article written about Doug Mckown's job. Not only should he have gotten his job back, he also should be paid for the time lost from his job. He has had no complaints with his job. He made a mistake in his personal life, and a bad choice of a mate.
At some point in all of our lives we have made mistakes and bad choices, but I thank God we don't have to pay for them for the rest of our lives. It's easy to point fingers at somebody else's mistakes, but what about yours?
What part of the evidence didn't you understand? A lie is a lie, and no matter what, he does not deserve to lose everything he has worked for in his life because of a lie.