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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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Safely, in the holiday spirit

Sumptuously festooned Christmas trees bedeck homes, businesses and public spaces. Buildings everywhere are illuminated and bejeweled. Kitchens give off mouthwatering fragrances. Ubiquitous carols tempt listeners to accompany the festive melodies. Menorahs have been lighted daily, starting on the evening of Dec. 12 and ending on Dec. 20 in residences celebrating the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Households that observe Kwanzaa are …

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Meting out justice equally

Are U.S. citizens being detained unlawfully for deportation by federal immigration authorities, denied their constitutional rights and mistreated by local law enforcement? On Nov. 29, The Los Angeles Times published results of analysis at Syracuse University of ICE records. “Since 2002, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has wrongly identified at least 2,840 United States citizens as possibly eligible for deportation, and …

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Editorial :Sexual predation in the workplace

Rosanna Arquette. Jessica Barth. Juanita Broaddrick. Hilarie Burton. Andrea Constand. Leigh Corfman. Kate Davenport. Alice Glass. Tamara Green. Anita Hill. Juliet Huddy. Angelina Jolie. Monica Lewinski. Bernadette Lopez. Gwyneth Paltrow. Aly Raisman. Anthony Rapp. Alicia Sample. Audrey Wauchope. Faith Winter. Julia Wolov. These women survived sexual aggression by rich or powerful men or men in positions of supervisory or disciplinary …

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Complacency & sanctimony hazardous to veterans

Veterans Day is the modern iteration of Armistice Day, instituted in November 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I a year earlier and reflect on “the heroism of those who died in the country’s service.” In 1938, Congress enshrined Nov. 11 as a federal holiday “to honor veterans of World War I.” Then, President Eisenhower and the 83rd …

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Talking point: Medicare for All

The issue of making health care in this country more accessible to more Americans affordably has a torturous modern history. Without the support of congressional Republicans, former President Obama in March 2010 signed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA). By 2014, all of the law’s major provisions were in force. But last year, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump campaigned …

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When natural disaster strikes

August and September delivered two powerful reminders. Natural disasters are indiscriminate, and they tend to bring out the best in us — ordinary people and the rich and famous. Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 storm when it hit the Texas Gulf Coast on Aug. 25 and headed east across the Gulf, battering coastal Louisiana. Wind gusts and catastrophic flooding …

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Hotel security vs. hospitality

Lisa Romero-Muniz, a New Mexico mother of three worked as a high school secretary. Angela “Angie” Gomez graduated from a California high school two years ago. Sandy Casey taught special education in California. Jessica Klymchuk from Canada had four children and a career as a school librarian. Adrian Murfitt was a commercial salmon fisherman from Alaska. Sonny Melton, a registered …

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Editorial : 09.21.17 Respect

On Jan. 17, 1961, the 34th president of the United States delivered his farewell address. In his formal goodbye, Dwight D. Eisenhower said this: “Down the long lane of history yet to be written, America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation …

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Eulogizing Hispanic heritage

  Our annual celebration of contributions, cultures and histories of people or their ancestors who came here from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Spain is nearly half a century old. On Sept. 17, 1968, Congress sent to then-President Lyndon Johnson House Joint Resolution 1299 to designate the week of Sept. 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Week. That …

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