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February 14, 2014

HAMILTON: Coleman's 'value-tines' that we all can keep

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Niagara Gazette — So then, what are the things that preclude children from getting a good education? Helen believes that it is children having children. “Our young children are having children — and if they don’t know anything, how are they going to teach their children?”

Alas, one of the things that they know least, the thing that would make them want to become educated, are, as Helen have stated, are values – the kinds of values that kept her husband and her together all of these years. Both were raised in church; and that was because their parents took them there.

“But, today,” she says, “the kids don’t seem to want to have a good education. Too many of them come from broken homes. Not enough of them have the values that their grandparents had. They are now worldly people.”

The solution, she said is to instill in our children the value of an education and to teach them to love by putting others’ needs before their own.

An important one for her is buckling down and looking past race. As it is in the 18th Chapter of the Bible book of Jeremiah, Helen says that, “We need to reshape ourselves, as the potter would with marred clay, instead of just throwing each other away. Don’t give up and give in.”

I think that there are ‘value-tines’ in her words that we all can keep; don’t you?

Contact Ken Hamilton at kenhamilton930@aol.com.

Contact Ken Hamilton at kenhamilton930@aol.com.

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