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This I Believe: A Farewell to Optimism

nomad5 Wrote: Jan 04, 2013 7:42 PM
Ms. Gallagher: Sorry to see you depart; however, rest assured that if your writing is done according to God's desires and guidance, He will use it for His purposes. Follow His lead, and don't worry about what others think.

A few days ago, going through some memorabilia of my mother's, I found the original promotional material for this syndicated column, launched in 1993. I was billed as "A New Conservative Voice for Young Women!"

More than 17 years ago, I set out to explain how a Yale-educated young woman from a secular Oregon family could become a social conservative:

Every life is precious. It is better to care for your children than to kill them. Divorce hurts children; it also breaks apart life's most precious commitment -- a family.

Men and women are different. A society that pretends otherwise is...