Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

Ohio Education Alert - HB 512 Bad for Ohio Education.

I've blogged before about my switch in political party affiliation when my children were very little. Over the past few years though, I have come to realize that I'm not married to any one particular political party, but to a set of ideals and values. I consider myself a Catholic Christian first, and a Constitutionalist after that. 

So with that in mind, I was shocked to discover Ohio House Bill 512, which was sponsored by State Representative Bill Reineke from Tiffin, OH and supported by Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Gov. Kasich. 

You can view the initial announcement here.  You can read the bill (all 2400 pages of it) here in PDF.

HSLDA provided this analysis (for those of us who don't have time to read all 2400  pages). 

Here are two excerpts:  

HB 512, a complicated 2400-page bill that would undermine the democratic process by stripping the elected school board of virtually all its powers, including oversight of home education regulations and remove the people's voice from one of the most important areas where government operates - education.  HB 512 would assign virtually all education-related activities to unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats. 

The impact on home education would be the centralization of all of our current rules in an unelected and unaccountable bureaucracy. This consolidation would take away virtually all our ability to influence government control over how homeschooling works. The fact that this bill is being fast-tracked is very concerning.  A change of this magnitude should be done in a thoughtful and deliberate way with input from all stakeholders. This does not appear to have happened. This is unacceptable and among the primary reasons we are opposing this legislation and are asking you to get involved now.

This is being fast-tracked through the legislature, which is concerning because of the magnitude of this bill and its implications.  

Both HSLDA, and CHEO are against this - and in Ohio, you can't get much more Republican than that! This truly is a bipartisan reaction against this bill.