Family (page 2)

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    Charlotte opportunity

    A New York Times story on “black families leaving Chicago” led me to another story on the topic a year ago. The earlier story described Kristin Ware’s decision to move from Chicago to Charlotte for a lower cost of living, better schools, and “lots of opportunity.” Ware told…
    Joseph Coletti, February 17, 2020
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    “It’s time to bring back the big tables.”

    That’s the final line of a recent essay by David Brooks about the breakdown of American families. The line refers back to the nostalgic scenario that Brooks describes at the beginning of the essay: The scene is one many of us have somewhere in our family history: Dozens…
    Jon Guze, February 13, 2020
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    Does Protecting the Middle Class Hurt Young People?

    This week, JLF’s Joe Coletti wrote a research brief on a recent Ed Glaeser interview that sheds light on how America’s programs to mitigate risk for the middle class have impaired opportunities for young people. Coletti writes: Over the past century, our rich country has taken steps to protect…
    Brenee Goforth, January 28, 2020
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    Some (Slightly) Good News About Families

    At the Institute for Family Studies website, Lyman Stone reports: Nearly 4 in 10 children in America are not residing with their own two, married parents (biological or adoptive). This is according to the recently released 2018 American Community Survey, the largest annual social survey carried out in…
    Jon Guze, January 16, 2020
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    Needed: personal community and role models

    David French, who joined Jonah Goldberg and Steve Hayes to create the recently launched Dispatch is ” convinced that the more we politicize the crisis [in community] rather than personalize it and spiritualize it, the more we’ll miss the mark.” “A functioning community doesn’t just provide love and resources,” French…
    Joseph Coletti, January 14, 2020
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    Merry Christmas!

    We at the John Locke Foundation would like to wish you a Merry Christmas!…
    Brenee Goforth, December 25, 2019
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    A Brief History of Santagrams

    Recently, when looking through the North Carolina State Archive’s digital collection (a thing I do from time-to-time), I ran across a couple of so-called “Santagrams” from Western Union. I immediately was intrigued by the collection of little notes that appeared to be written by none other than the big…
    Brenee Goforth, December 18, 2019
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    Thanksgiving advice: Be like Isocrates, not Pajama Boy

    Plutarch goes on to explain that these table philosophers, the forerunners to our haranguing political proselytizers, "annoy most people" and prompt the others to acts of rudeness to drown them out.
    Jon Sanders, November 27, 2019