It’s generally understood that instilling respectable values in children is an adult responsibility. Sometimes, though, it’s the children who are reminding us of those values when we go astray.

Such was the case of little Opie Taylor when he taught a virtuous lesson to the adults in Mayberry on “The Andy Griffith Show.” Alongside his friend Howie, the two fifth graders set out to publish the Mayberry Sun, their own small town newspaper. When initial sales of their paper are sluggish, the bumbling deputy Barney Fife encourages them to seek out “hot copy,” stories that will get people reading.

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