The next step is fighting disease in the developing world

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Eric G. Bing Guest writer One of the world’s largest foreign aid organizations recently announced it will be forced to make substantial program cuts this year. For hundreds of thousands of people, the consequences could be lethal. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced late last  year it had failed to raise the minimum $13 billion needed

Sartell resident says ‘I am one ticked off housewife’

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Anna Robinson, Sartell resident “Are we fighting a war on terror or aren’t we? Was it not, started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on Sept. 11, 2001 and have continually threatened to do so since? Were people from all over the world, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from the capital

EDA annual report shows progress

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by TaLeiza Callowa Cynthia Smith-Strack is quick to tell anyone economic development is a process – not an event. It is something that takes time to blossom and sustain itself. Smith-Strack, the St. Joseph Economic Development Authority’s consulting director, presented the EDA’s annual report for 2011 to the city council last month. Economic development has been an active process in

Extremists should stop attacks against women

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The right-wing extremists are at it again. Like termites, they are determined to unravel and then destroy all the rights the people in this country have secured through so many struggles. In the past year, they have tried to whittle away access to voting by creating all sorts of registration barriers, including the need for photo IDs to prevent election

Empty nest = empty house + empty pockets x children

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I never understood algebra before, but I am learning fast. Our oldest son just got his first apartment, and he furnished it with everything we owned. If I have the math right, it means we are one more son away from an empty nest and bankruptcy. I’ve come to the conclusion the only difference between a burglar and a child

Be sure to save your receipts

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They say you get what you pay for. Not these days you don’t. Nowadays you can spend an arm and a leg and still end up with a piece of junk. Recent examples: one telephone, three phone batteries, two coffee makers, a CD player, a baker’s dozen of kitchen utensils – to name just some. Good thing I keep receipts.

Why wait for February? Appreciate history year-round

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Feb. 1 marked the start of Black History Month – a time when the world pauses to reflect on the struggles, triumphs and contributions of African-Americans. It is a time when students learn a little more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Mary McLeod Bethune. It is a great time of discovery and reverence. Yes,