Editorial

Australian wildlife’s fiery Armageddon

Horrific images of burned and burning animals are emerging from Australia where historic bushfires are still incinerating everything in their paths. The devastation is so epic that life on the island continent is forever altered, and recovery will take a century or more, not decades, scientists calculate. Fueled by record heat waves and a drought that began in 2017, the …

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Farm Workforce Modernization Act

America’s farmers, who feed America and much of the rest of the world, face unique challenges. Their success depends on factors largely beyond their control – factors such as labor, weather, disease, prices and pests. Help may be on the horizon, however, to ease the stress of an erratic, inadequate labor pool. House Democrats and Republicans in December passed the …

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Foreshadowings: paid parental leave

Beginning later this year, some 2.1 million U.S. workers will have access to 12 weeks of paid parental leave. On Dec. 20, President Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act. Set in the $738 billion defense bill was a provision granting most civilian federal employees time off after the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child. Oct. …

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New year, new goals, new triumphs

Now that the gifts have all been delivered and opened, our attention naturally shifts to New Year’s celebrations and our ever-present, persistent desire for self-improvement. Nearly half of us make New Year’s resolutions, studies suggest. But despite the strength of our intentions, willpower, like muscle, has biological limitations. It’s one of several reasons why fewer than 10 percent of us …

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New year, new decade, new direction

Next Wednesday we welcome a new year and a brand new decade — despite the age-old debate over when a decade really begins and ends. The argument lacks scientific or authoritative consensus, but reflections on the best and worst of the decade and ideas for ceremoniously retiring the 2010s are ubiquitous. According to lead editor of TimeandDate.com, Konstantin Bikos, counting …

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Giving & getting the gift of companionship

Much of America is preoccupied with preparations for the impending holiday. Next Wednesday is Christmas. Shopping, giftwrapping, baking, reaching out and getting ready rule. For this most special day of the year, second in importance only to Easter on the Christian calendar, the heart and soul of observances are kinship, fellowship and tradition – in most but not all U.S. …

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Abandoning kids aging out of foster care

Una de mis nietas se graduó de la secundaria (o preparatoria) en mayo. Dos meses después, se matriculó en la universidad. Durante los meses previos a su graduación, Angie estudió lo que las universidades tenían para ofrecer, se reunió con su consejero escolar, solicitó paquetes de admisión para las escuelas que le interesaban y recorrió los campus. Para ayudar a …

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Black market for body parts

Last month in India, an American nonprofit received a prestigious international award. The Mumbai-based Harmony Foundation presented a 2019 Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice to Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH). A physician, Torsten Trey, founded DAFOH in 2006 after learning that China’s communist regime was harvesting organs from prisoners. The Washington, D.C.-based medical ethics advocacy group raises …

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On legalizing DACA recipients

The DACA program could expire in January, effectively bringing to a bitter, unfortunate end the temporary legal status of some 700,000 youthful immigrants, call a halt to promising careers and hamstring some U.S. companies. On Nov. 12, U.S. Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments on whether the Trump administration can end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The …

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Happy signs of a hopeful season

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. Families and friends will come together at dining tables laden with traditional and seasonal delicacies. In churches and shelters across the nation, volunteers will prepare and serve Thanksgiving dinner to area homeless people and deliver hot holiday meals to individuals confined by age or infirmity. As Dr. Barton Goldsmith wrote for Psychology Today, in 9 Reasons …

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