‘Truth isn’t dead’: My John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award speech

Josh and Yoli hold the Press Freedom Award.

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, Yoli and I attended a gala at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. where I was given the domestic John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award. It was my privilege to accept the award and speak briefly about my experience.

Since then, several people have asked for the text of my remarks, so I’m publishing a transcript here for posterity. Below I have also included a video excerpt of me at the event.

I encourage you to also make time to watch the story of persecuted journalist Rana Ayyub, the other John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award winner.

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A few more photos of Joseph

These are from when we left the hospital and recent days

Pastor Bob comes to visit Joseph.

Sleeping beautifully.

The eyes have it.

Quick portrait of Yoli and Joseph before we leave the hospital.

Papá, Mamá, and bebé

This is sort of what our house is like now. Totally overrun by children.

This photo is much more recent than the others.

Election hits home

This has been a wild year in the race for president, what with the surprise outcomes of the primaries and now the back and forth between Obama and McCain.

For us, there has been a local twist. Two friends of our family are each running for spots in the Missouri House of Representatives: T.R. Carr, who is running in the 78th district, and Randy Jotte, who is running in the 91st district.

This morning we saw in the the newspaper that the Post-Dispatch was endorsing both of them! I know both families have been working hard campaigning, so I’m sure this must be quite exciting for them.

If you’d like to learn more about them, just click their names above. Or, if you’d like to learn more about the other candidates in those two races, click below:

Red means stop

If you’re like me and you hate the notion of red-light cameras, you’ll be pleased to learn that they just don’t work. That’s right, they do not reduce the number of accidents at intersections; they increase the number of accidents.

Red light cameras always bothered me because:

  • Private companies run the cameras and municipalities turn over a percentage of the fines to them.

  • I deplore the idea of government watching citizens by camera

  • The motive is clear: profit, not public safety.

The University of South Florida study on these cameras supports that third point, since the cameras HURT public safety, not improve it.

One perfect example of this is the red-light camera on West Florissant at the entrance to the parking lot of the old Dellwood Schnucks. This strip mall has been mostly vacant for several years!