1999-07-29 / Columnists

Meet The Irish

by Harry McGuirk

My little Margie was very happy the other day as she read a beautiful letter from her dear friend William Bennett. He is one of the top V.I.P.s in America. What a nice gent he is remembering his old school teacher. "Not so much of that old stuff," Margie says recalling the day he came to renew his memories of Holy Cross School in Brooklyn at Church avenue. The old school was crowded for Bennett, who served the U.S. government for President Reagan and President Bush. Maybe he will run for president. God Bless him.

He and his brother sent their love. His brother was one of President Clinton’s attorneys.

Margie’s friends in different fields of endeavor are like her Mayo and Galway cousins. Please say a prayer for her and wish her a speedy recovery. Thanks.

About William Bennett: More than two million readers have used "The Book of Virtues," the nationwide number one bestseller by William J. Bennett, to help their families learn the essential traits of good character.

Now "The Moral Compass," the inspiring and instructive companion volume of "The Book of Virtues," offers many more examples of good and bad, right and wrong, in great works from literature and in exemplary stories from history. Organized by the stages along life’s journey, "The Moral Compass" moves from the first character lessons taught in the home, which shape the way children see life, to the countless choices that call the virtues into play as they grow older. The stories and poems serve as reference points on a moral compass, guiding the reader through the ethical and spiritual challenges along the pathway of life: leaving home, entering into marriage, easing the burdens of others, nurturing one’s children, and fulfilling the obligations of citizenship and leadership.

William Bennett served as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Bush, and as Secretary of Education and chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Reagan. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Williams College, a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Texas, and a law degree from Harvard.

Bennett is currently a co-director of Empower America, and the John M. Olin Distinguished Fellow Cultural Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation. He, his wife, Elayne, and their two sons, John and Joseph, live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.


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