Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Commentary: Finding Evidence of the Commitment to Improve Communities

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Commentary: Finding Evidence of the Commitment to Improve Communities

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By the time this article is published, we will hopefully have elected the nation's president for the next four years. At times like these, we are reminded of a recent article from the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.

J. Rufus Fears, Ph.D. Harvard University and professor of the history of liberty, University of Oklahoma, commented on this democracy.

September 11, 2001, demonstrated anew the enormous strength of the American people and our commitment to liberty, Fears said in the article. Nowhere is the strength of the American democracy better seen than in the normalcy of our political debates. We go right on holding elections, just as we did during the Civil War, World War II, or the Vietnam War. So ingrained is our democracy that we do not even recognize this for the miracle it is. We are debating in reasoned tones (mostly), the most practical of issues - the economy, health care, and education.

Fears also noted that our founding fathers understood the importance of security, both political and economic. They understood that our nation must be secure against foreign powers and domestic violence. They understood that economic prosperity was one of the foundations of true freedom. They also believed that education was a second foundation of liberty.

Probably forever, but never more true than now, education and knowledge will provide the power to succeed. Last week, we were privileged to be part of the dinner committee that honored three outstanding honorees into our Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation's Wall of Fame. Wallace Johnson, Linda Lambert and Paul Odom Jr. took their places among others who serve as successful role models for our community.

For each, education was and is a priority. The foundation is committed to investing in the future of our next generation of leaders, and they are making great strides forward. …

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