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Moore on MaumelleWeek of May 20The Measure of a Man
 There have been many great men (and women) who have gone beforeus and done great things. But lately our headlines seemed to bedominated by monsters. A kidnapping rapist, random bombers,Mother’s Day shooters and on and on.My suggested method of dealing with such monstrosities is simple:After the monster is caught, you have a quick Judge Parker-typehearing, proceed to the town square and hang them. That’s how Iwould do it if I were King. I guess it’s good I’m not.So, how do we stop this proliferation of homegrown terrorists whodecide to end lives, ruin families and leave a horrific, indelible stampon their victims and their families?I was thinking back when I was a younger dad trying to raise three kidsthe “right way.” I don’t know if I succeeded, but I gave it a shot.I was exposed to a great pastor by the name of Robert Lewis, then thesenior pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock. He led anincredible group of men through a three-year course called “Men’sFraternity.”From the website: “Men's Fraternity was designed to help men cometogether and strengthen each other through weekly sessions thatcombine biblical teaching and small-group interaction. “ Robert wouldlead the session with a 30-minute or so lecture more or less based onhis own life. The lessons would take you through the everyday job of being a man,whether you be single or married. His challenge was to live life likethe great adventure it was designed to be. The bottom line of the course was that it was hard being an adult maleraising children. It still is. It is very difficult to be a great role model,mediate conflicts within a family and know what the right call is whenfaced with a difficult decision.But Robert’s premise was that if you were equipped with the rightinformation and had a group of guys around you to listen, then youwere more likely to do the right thing.
 
 The series still lives on the internet and churches all over are stillpresenting it. Check it out at mensfraternity.com.(more)page 2 of 3In 1997, Robert wrote a book called
Raising a Modern Day Knight 
. It’sall about how to raise your son. It is cleverly written and providesinvaluable advice on showing your son a path and direction to live hislife based on the tenets and honor of a Medieval knight.Maybe if some of these monsters had had strong dads with a plan toshow them a pathway, some of these senseless atrocities might havebeen avoided.Getting involved with young men and women is our only hope. Wecan’t leave their training to chance. Teach a class, coach a team, be amentor, volunteer in schools. Do something. You’ll make a difference.Get involved with a young person and you’ll change a life
Maumelle Monitor Price Increase
Even though I don’t get paid to write this column, I still have to buy myown paper. I have asked for a complimentary subscription, but havebeen denied so far. When I bought last week’s paper I was surprisedthat it gone up to 75 cents an issue! Most newspapers announce priceincreases, but the Monitor just sprang it on us in the night.I complained to the editor and of course, like any good editor, he said itwasn’t his decision. It was made by “higher ups.” So what do you do?Quit the buying the paper? We hope not.Subscribe to the paper. Even though the paper didn’t run ads last weekpromoting this option, you can easily do by calling 1-855
-774-6802and subscribing for $27 if you live in Pulaski County.
ou save$25 a year when you become a subscriber.Newspapers may turn out to be their own worst enemy. Most youngfolks don’t buy a hard copy of any paper. The read everything onlinefor free. And there are tons of places to get free content.Support your local paper. It’s the only place you’ll read what our citycouncil is up to, what’s happening in our local schools and who can’twalk a straight line on Saturday.

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