Help save jobs: buy American, shop local

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Let’s help save American jobs; let’s start consciously shopping for products “Made in the U.S.A.” I’ve always tried to do that, but it’s problematic for a number of reasons. For example, some products are stamped with “Made in U.S.A.” on the outside, meaning the container was American-made, but the products “innards” were made somewhere else. For another thing, with a

It’s encouraging to see students embrace history

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The St. Cloud chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Its membership spans central Minnesota with support from members who live in the city of St. Joseph and beyond. The local organization recently held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Fund Banquet. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s

How many diplomas come courtesy of SparkNotes?

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How many students actually read the novels they are assigned to read? Not as many as should, I would guess. It seems we’re galloping headlong into some kind of Post-Literate Age in which words – pitifully butchered words – are used for texting, mainly. The Age of Post-Literacy will be one in which images (photos, movies, graphics) reign supreme in

A grandparent’s job is never done

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Grandparents are gifts that keep on giving. Literally. They give without requesting anything in return. However, this unconditional love can come with a price. I recently read about how grandparents who are raising their grandchildren face increased health risks. I never thought about this as I watched grandparents in the grocery store with their grandchildren or those who read to

The evil ‘they’ are out to get ‘us’

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My fellow Americans, tyranny is at hand! If they ban assault weapons, a new Hitler is going to crush our freedom-loving America! If they limit weapons, next they’ll take our huntin’ guns away! Soon, we won’t be able to defend our homes, our lives! Sound familiar? “They” are the black-hatted villains of Big Government. “Our” includes the gun-totin’ heroes with

‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ packs a punch

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When Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” met President Abraham Lincoln in the White House, the great man supposedly said to her, “So you are the little lady who helped start this big war.” That exchange is probably legend, but it’s a legend formed from truth. Stowe’s novel hugely helped sway worldwide opinion against slavery. Published in 1852,