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This I Believe...Is Back!
From Jim Pinto's eNews


My son David Pinto brought to my attention National Public Radio's
"This I Believe" program. This NPR program invites you to write
about the core beliefs that guide your daily life. NPR will air these
personal statements from listeners each Monday on "Morning Edition"
and "All Things Considered". NPR hopes this creates a picture of the
American spirit in all its rich complexity.

"This I Believe" is based on a 1950s radio program of the same name,
hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward Murrow. In spite of the fear
of atomic warfare, increasing consumerism and loss of spiritual
values, the essayists on Murrow's series expressed tremendous hope.
Each day, millions of Americans gathered by their radios to hear
compelling essays from the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie
Robinson, Helen Keller and Harry Truman as well as corporate leaders,
cab drivers, scientists and secretaries. Their words brought comfort
and inspiration to a country worried about the Cold War, McCarthyism
and racial division.

In reviving "This I Believe" NPR's goal is not to persuade
Americans to agree on the same beliefs, but rather, to encourage
people to begin the much more difficult task of developing respect
for beliefs different from their own.

Visit NPR's "This I Believe" webpage and you'll find short essays
by John McCain, "The Virtues of the Quiet Hero" and "Unleashing the
Power of Creativity" by Bill Gates (web links below). You can read,
or listen.

I'm working on my own 350-500 words submission. You may wish
to take a look, and submit your own essay.

NPR: This I believe:

John McCain - "The Virtues of the Quiet Hero":

Bill Gates - "Unleashing the Power of Creativity":