Welcome to Howard’s Point

True, honest, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous, praiseworthy…

These words appear innocent and simple, naive and “old fashioned” don’t they?

That is tragic and ironic.

The tragedy is that many people today would agree. People who embody these traits are not on Prime-Time television and generally are not the ones elected to public office.

The irony is that these concepts and a population that honors them provide the greatest hope for reestablishing our integrity as a nation and assuring its future. Find it hard to believe? Then take time to read Dad’s papers and speeches and see if it makes sense to you.

This website was created to make publicly available commentaries by Dr. John Howard (my father), through forty-five years, one of the wisest and most insightful analysts of America’s cultural disintegration and what must be done to restore responsible freedom in America – if it can be restored.

This format should make it easy to find commentaries, speeches and op-eds on a broad range of topics. Look for new posts often. All of Dad’s writings and speeches are housed at Northern Illinois University in the Regional History Center. The wonderful people there are painstakingly scanning all of the documents and sending them my way on a regular basis.  To give you an idea of the scope – Dad gave over 500 speeches, published numerous articles and commentary, and tirelessly hand wrote letters to share thoughts, encouragement, and guidance to not only leaders throughout our country but also very often to Marie, Martha, Katie and me – his children. 

The things he wrote will leave an impression and give you good insight into his thoughts and character. It won’t tell you two things: first, the intensity with which he would sell you on those thoughts, and second, Dad was a musician and there wasn’t a holiday, birthday or any other occasion that didn’t include at least one instrument and singing. Oh and we all sang, it wasn’t an option – he even taught and had us practice harmonies for the Thanksgiving and Christmas hymns. We loved it.

He also spent time writing fun poetry for birthdays that sometimes were sung to a favorite tune or two. Dad loved to golf, his Bible, play cards, do jigsaw puzzles, NYT crossword, yard work, go shelling, and was a voracious reader. For thirty plus years he put together a three-ring binder for his children containing favorite poems, important thoughts, and other miscellaneous things he found important enough to go into the Christmas binder. 

Dad passed away in August of 2015, a few days shy of his 94th. Several years before that he and I started this website project and now I want to dust it off and get it going again. Everyone who knew Dad also knew he would only write with a number 2 pencil on a yellow legal pad. So it only made sense to go with a pencil in the logo. The pictures in the slider at the top are taken on Howard’s Point in Northern Wisconsin.

Here were Dad’s initial thoughts on a web page welcome…

First and foremost, the focus of the web site is to share my views with you the reader and hopefully encourage you to think.

For the last forty years I have been actively writing and giving speeches on the requirements for a successful free society and the many forces that actively work to undermine it. For the first twenty of those years, as a college President, my focus was on education’s role in preparing the youth to become responsible citizens. The last twenty years have been focused on the importance of religion and family in a free society and how these three institutions (education, family, and religion) must provide the foundation for a successful free society.

Think about what is important in life, what is joy, what is happiness, what is success? Everyone has a different perspective on this, but just as there are laws of nature, I can say unequivocally that there are laws and general rules of a free society that, when broken, lead to the destruction of that free society.

 

Howard’s Point also happens to be what five generations of my family have called our small cabin in Northern Wisconsin. This property has been in my family for over 100 years and, for five generations of family and friends, it symbolizes the joys of family and the simple pleasures of swimming, singing, fishing, games, and general family time blanketed with the joy of love.

One of Dad’s favorite Bible verses Phil 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” KJV