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Carrying the right banner

"Carrying the right banner" Continued...

Issue: "Biblical callings," Dec. 4, 2010

Blackwell got to the deadly auditorium when the concert was almost over: "I had to make a decision as to whether or not to stop the concert with seven minutes left, because I knew that there were 11 young people in body bags. It was crazy in there, and we knew that if we stopped the show it was going to get crazier. I let them finish, and we were able to get people out without further incident. It was a crazy year. Two months later, a guy took over a Greyhound bus, shot a passenger, and then asked to speak to the mayor. We were able to get the seven people off the bus. That was life as mayor."

All of that prepared Blackwell for what turned into a big defeat in the 2006 gubernatorial race. Blackwell recalls, "Earlier, I lost a race for the school board, I lost a bid for Congress. In the final analysis, the question is did you lose carrying the right banner, standing for the right things? If you do, you're able to get through it. My strength and my hope come from the fact that the God who is with me at the peak is with me in the valley."

Cold calling

By Marvin Olasky

Dick Armey, 70, former House majority Leader, grew up in Cando, N.D. He finished high school and "never thought about going to college. Nobody in my family in any generation on either side had ever gone to college and going to college was something I never thought I'd do. Well, in November we had a terrible blizzard. I spent about 3 to 4 weeks working night and day rebuilding high wire lines, freezing out there in the cold."

Then came the turning point: "One night about 3 a.m. I found myself on a 30-foot pole at 30 degrees below zero. I looked in the distance at Jamestown, N.D., where two of my high-school friends I knew to be snug and warm in their beds. At that moment I decided that I was going to go to college." (For more from Armey, see "A bigger wave," Nov. 6)

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