James Dobson gave his final broadcast Friday as host of the “Focus on the Family” radio show, which he started more than 30 years ago.
Dobson is launching a new nonprofit ministry in Colorado Springs called Family Talk and will co-host a show called “Family Talk with James Dobson.” His son, 39-year-old Ryan Dobson, will join him on the show along with “Focus on the Family” senior producer LuAnne Crane. Ryan Dobson will speak to young generations, Crane will speak to women, and James Dobson said he’ll focus on the “the geezers.”
Though he is often controversial, Colorado and the rest of the country should thank James Dobson for creating Focus on the Family, which will continue long after he is gone.
Focus provides free guidance for parents trying to bring up children in a culture that blurs the lines that separate right from wrong, love from hate and goodness from evil — a world in which some view morality as a hate crime. Locally, Focus has provided thousands of primary jobs over the years that have grown the economy with money from other regions. The organization’s visitor’s center is among the region’s top 10 tourist attractions, holding its own with world-class attractions that include Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, the United States Air Force Academy and the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
In the months leading up to Dobson’s exodus, some have speculated his new venture may create unhealthy competition for Focus on the Family. That’s doubtful. It’s a bit like believing that one new casino in Las Vegas hurts the others, when experience tells us that each new casino ultimately helps the others.
It’s a myth, rooted in a poverty mentality, that one organization must lose for another to win. Economies don’t work that way, because wealth isn’t finite. Wealth is created only by humans, and it has infinite potential to grow. Those who grow wealth help all of humanity.
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James Dobson has assisted millions of Americans in bringing up children in more positive and constructive homes and communities. By doing so, he has created wealth by helping people thrive. If his work has spared even one child a life of drugs or criminality, he has improved the human condition.
There is no limit to the market for those who trade in constructive information. So count on Family Talk to become another success story, much like Focus on the Family. Count on these two organization to work together. And count on the success of Family Talk to serve as that metaphorical tide that lifts all ships. — Wayne Laugesen, editorial page editor, for the editorial board