Parks are a worthy investment for cities

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A community’s park system says a lot about the vibe of a city. In conversations about seasonal events, just the mention of a certain park can strike up memories of activities that happen in the park. Whether it’s hosting a baseball game or disc-golf tournament, parks make cities feel like home. Commitment to their upkeep and continuous improvement is a

Obama’s gun-related proposals deserve full, vigorous support

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Three cheers for President Barack Obama and for Vice President Joe Biden. Biden and his task force on gun violence deserve kudos for coming up with a list of comprehensive methods that will decrease violent deaths and horrible injuries due to guns in the hands of deranged people. Obama has earned our thanks for adopting Biden’s suggestions. He also deserves

New laws show commitment to change

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Underage drinking is a serious issue and is one that plagues many communities if left unaddressed. Elected officials in St. Joseph recently adopted three alcohol-related laws to deter underage drinking and assist law enforcement with upholding the rules about this issue. Good for them. Their proactive approach is commendable. The 4-1 vote taken earlier this month put in place a

Good time to redress imbalance of Internet time, human relations

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Of all the New Year’s resolutions that have been made, very few lists contain “Use the Internet less in 2013.” That resolution, perhaps, should be at or near the top of everyone’s resolutions list. There are some interesting studies being done that seem to indicate an alarming number of people have developed, more or less, a virtual addiction to Internet

Fight the flu this season by noting preventive tips

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Cold and flu season is inevitable. It happens every year. Making it through this dreadful season without catching either is a different story. Minnesota is in the middle of one of the most severe flu outbreaks in several years, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.  More than 1,100 people have been hospitalized with flu-like symptoms statewide this season. Twenty-three

Want to get healthier? Cut out all that sugar

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Most people’s New Year’s resolutions probably involve some form of dieting. And that’s a good thing because we are quickly becoming a nation of lard. One-third of all American adults and one-sixth of all children are obese. There are many reasons for the obesity epidemic: lack of exercise as more people become sedentary with their computers, their remote controls, their

Obstructionism bodes ill for future of America

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During the “fiscal cliff” crisis, the Tea Party was once again playing its favorite contrarian game: stone-wall obstructionism. In this new year, we’re going to see more of the same-o, same-o from legislative obstructionists. The original Tea Party goals had at least a semblance of merit: fiscal responsibility, a limited role for government, trimming spending. Soon, however, giddy with their

Recent deaths should cause reflection on what’s important

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When horrific events like the mass killing in Connecticut happen, often people say, “It’s a sign of the times.” Well, these are times not many want to live in and many might have thought would never come. Times need to change. A gunman stormed into an elementary school in Connecticut and shot 20 children with a high-powered rifle and killed