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As the New Year approaches

Since 46 B.C. when the emperor Julius Caesar instituted the Julian calendar, most of the world has recognized the first day of January as the first day of the year. The month was named for Janus, the two-headed Roman god of beginnings and doorways, appropriately, as Janus’s two faces enabled him to look to the future and examine the past …

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Helping California fire victims

Home is among the abiding themes of Christmas music playlists. Holiday decorations, from simple to elaborate are appearing in grand and humble homes and everything in-between in communities across the nation. Residents are readying the setting because home is at the heart of holiday celebrations. Because of historic wildfires in California this year that destroyed upwards of 15,223 homes, thousands …

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Editorial : Farewell to a patriot & president

Former U.S. Pres. George Herbert Walker Bush passed away Nov. 30, less than seven months after burying his beloved wife, Barbara. The one-term 41st president is remembered for many things. One of the most poignant is the 77-year love story between him and Barbara — the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. history. People worldwide and Americans are paying their respects …

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Central American exodus: prospects bleak

The plight of thousands of Central Americans slogging north from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras through Mexico to the United States is pitiable. They’re determined to leave behind the poverty, violence and political unrest roiling their native countries. Women, children and men in the caravan amassing along the U.S.-Mexico border are desperately pursuing eventual asylum here in the U.S. The …

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Giving due thanks for service

We’ve got a whole lot of people, strangers most of them and a few long gone to thank for their part in bringing our individual Thanksgiving feasts into being. Not to be overlooked for distant past, there’s President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1906, he passed food safety laws so that our holiday repasts 112 years later are most likely to be …

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This historic Veterans Day: peace

Sunday is Veterans Day, dedicated to honoring the service of American military veterans of all wars. It’s also the centennial commemoration of Armistice Day, marking the date hostilities officially ended between the Allies and Germany. At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, an agreement the Allies had signed with Germany went into effect. The next year, then-President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed …

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Making happy Halloween memories

We’re increasingly conscious of the dangers our children face in their daily life; news headlines and research data regularly remind us. But celebrations like Halloween, “the spookiest night of the year” designed to thrill and scare heighten our security awareness for our kids. To keep costumed kids safe on the haunt for treats, communities nowadays organize safe trick-or-treat and options. …

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Nov. 6 to decide who’ll rule

Kansans who are eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 election have until Tuesday to register. Oct. 16 is the registration deadline for the midterm elections. It’s too late for Missourians who haven’t registered. Yesterday was their deadline. Advance voting in Kansas starts Oct. 22 and runs through 12 p.m. Nov. 5. Missouri voters who anticipate being unable to make …

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Early screenings, press cancer survivor advocates

News about colon/colorectal cancer is mixed. Thanks to prevalent use of screening methods such as colonoscopies that detect polyps before they become cancerous, the total number of colon cancer cases is falling. But there’s been a sharp rise in the incidence among people under age 50 — as young in fact as 18 — of colon cancer, once considered “an …

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Different upbringings, different outcomes

Two teen tales about incidents that occurred earlier this month 1,800 miles apart independently illustrate the best and worst in human nature. The two occurrences also present a study in contrasts and a cautionary tale. On Sep. 11, the national day of remembrance, officials in Gardner, Kan., dedicated a monument to honor sheriff’s deputies killed in the line of duty, …

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