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Beware of Russian propaganda as weapon against democracy

News about Russian interference in the American election process is becoming more and more disturbing.

A new kind of “Cold War” has begun, except this one could be dubbed a “Cyber War.”

The latest revelation is that Russian propagandists distributed thousands of fake news stories via social media, such as “alt-news” sites and other means in the months and weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 presidential election.

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Was JFK killed by accident?

Was President John F. Kennedy killed by accident 53 years ago? Did the sniper miss?

Is a missing page from a little green book the big clue to the killer’s intention on that grim day in Dallas, Texas – Nov. 22, 1963?

I was 15 when JFK was killed, having skipped school that overcast, chilly day. I was home with my feet propped up on the kerosene stove in the living room, reading Thornton Wilder’s great play, Our Town, when I heard the news on the radio. My family had no TV at that time; it was in for repair. That afternoon is as vivid to me as yesterday – or today. The news was so shocking it was like being hit in the gut by a sledgehammer, knocking the wind out of me.

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Is the Electoral College outdated?

With several states on a knife-edge, and the popular vote total favoring Clinton over Trump, much talk has occurred during the last few weeks about whether the Electoral College still has a place in today’s America. The Electoral College, made up of 538 electors, is still the formal body, not your vote, that elects the President of the United States.

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Triple Aim could be a win-win-win for all of us

Hats off to CentraCare Health’s initiative dubbed Triple Aim, an effort to help people in central Minnesota become healthier by choosing wiser day-to-day lifestyles.

The cost of health care, no matter which system of insurance evolves, is going to become astronomically expensive, even more than it is now. As the huge number of baby boomers age, those costs will rapidly accelerate. It’s a frightening prospect.

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Are tweets the new gospel truths?

Fake news stories multiplied like rabbits during the presidential campaign.

We are inundated with big doses of false information and fake news on the Internet and Facebook. And I do not mean opinion pieces; I mean fabricated news stories – the kinds of “news” based not on facts but on the wild vagaries of the writers’ mischievous or malicious imaginations.

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Reading to others – the antidote to loneliness

They don’t ask for much – just a good story now and then. Sometimes, a lot of the time, they may not be able to ask, but you can see it in their eyes. Tired eyes that are saying “I can’t make out the words anymore.” Proud eyes that hate to say, “I’ve had a stroke. I can’t hold a book in my hands.” Quiet eyes that are asking, “Could you take a minute and read me a story?”

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Thank you, St. Joseph, for your giving spirit

Molly Weyrens, St. Joseph

During this time of offering “thanks,” the Central Minnesota Catholic Worker would like to express gratitude for all of the ways the community of St. Joseph has supported our efforts at ensuring food is shared by those who might struggle to provide it. In conjunction with the YES! Network of St. Cloud, we helped to provide more than 65 kids from 20+ different families with lunch and an activity for six weeks during the summer. An adult meal was  generously provided by Bo Diddley’s, Kay’s Kitchen, Bello Cucina, St. Benedict’s Monastery and the Church of St. Joseph. Generous financial support was offered by the American Legion, American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, Church of St. Joseph Knights of Columbus and the St. Joseph Quilters.

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Shop local translates into local economic well-being

“Shop Local.”

That cannot be said often enough. Shop local, and keep the money stream closer to home.

Studies show when buying from independent, locally-owned businesses rather than from nationally-owned businesses, more local money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Thriving local businesses, of course, also means jobs, wages, taxes and good connections.

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