Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Trump seeks to preserve American liberty

In view of what ultimately developed in France during their revolution -- wholesale murder and general chaos -- our Founding Fathers looked elsewhere for guidance. They looked to the city of Geneva.

It was Founding Father, and second president of the United States, John Adams, who described John Calvin as a man of "vast genius" and "singular eloquence of vast learning and polished taste."

This is one reason why historians like Leopold von Ranke have observed that "Calvin was virtually the founder of America."

Even Jacques Rousseau, a fellow Genevan who was by no means a friend of Christianity, observed: "Those who consider Calvin only as a theologian fail to recognize the breadth of his genius. The editing of our wise (Genevan) laws, in which he had a large share, does him as much credit as his institutes."

Let us remember the near-240-year legacy of liberty bequeath to us by Calvin, even as we stand with Harvard historian George Bancroft, who wisely stated: "He who will not honor the memory and respect the influence of John Calvin knows but little of the origin of American liberty."

Remember that no nation, ever, has enjoyed a liberty of the magnitude as found in these United States.

Is not the Trump administration making a serious effort to preserve these liberties?

Nicholas Lindemulder

Wayne, Feb. 8

DeVos should accelerate school choice

The vigorous opposition to Betsy DeVos' confirmation to be secretary of education by the Democrats was a vivid example of how politics can get in the way of sensible educational policy: school choice. The main reason for this battle was pure and simple: the teachers union, which is more interested in maintaining a stranglehold on public education than in having children in our inner cities get the education they deserve.

School choice provides a pathway for inner-city children to escape the failing schools in their neighborhoods. The teachers union opposes this concept, because it fears it will lead to its losing control of public education. In New Jersey, the union collects millions of dollars from its members each year and uses it to oppose elected officials and anyone else who doesn't support its agenda.

Hopefully, the new secretary of education can accelerate the growth of school choice to improve our public educational system.

Philip Affuso

Ridgewood, Feb. 9

DeVos no advocate for public education

Reportedly, more than a million emails, 80,000-plus phone calls, thunderous rallies, countless creative actions and a level of bipartisan public opposition to Betsy DeVos were not enough. It took the vice president to break a tie vote to confirm DeVos as U.S. secretary of education. This is historic for a confirmation. However, it does not lessen the voices of millions of individuals who were, and remain, opposed to her. …

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