Can elephants be saved by killing them?

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Killing elephants to save them? What an appalling oxymoron. Big-game hunters pay thousands of dollars for the “privilege” of shooting elephants or other exotic animals – many of them threatened with extinction. The money, we’re told, goes into conservation funds that help the elephants survive on protected territories where they are guarded against vicious poachers who kill and butcher the

Is it too early for Christmas? Maybe a little

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It comes the time of year again for the holidays. Talk concerning Thanksgiving, Christmas and the approaching new year swirls around. It’s a time for celebration and family gatherings, for sharing gifts and giving thanks for what we have. As I’ve gotten older, it seems like the days keep going faster and faster every year up until this point. It

Act in solidarity to counter prejudices

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We should all be thankful for the strong civic and moral leadership so apparent in the greater St. Cloud area – leaders who speak up with force and clarity against the dark undercurrents of prejudice and bigotry. We mean leaders like St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis and Catholic Bishop Donald Kettler, to name just two. Recently, Kettler and Kleis didn’t

Where did our civility, courtesy go?

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These days, it seems like there is antagonism everywhere you look. Our politicians, local and above, engage in bitter partisan fights. People insult and degrade those who disagree with them. Old customs are being thrown away and discarded in exchange for ramming things through. Many are afraid to even express their opinions in public lest they be shut down. It’s

Be proud but responsible

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Throughout the last year, we’ve seen numerous protests against symbols of the United States. There have been criticisms of the flag, the national anthem and against some of the Founding Fathers. Some of these concerns do have merit, but if we’re not careful, even more topics will come under attack. The question that’s even now being proposed is, is it