Grace-under-pressure rules at humane society

Want to see up-close what grace-under-pressure looks like? Go visit the Tri-County Humane Society in east St. Cloud.

I saw those wonderful people in action five times recently – the five times I brought homeless cats to them during late February, early March. In my neighborhood, every winter and spring there are pitiful homeless cats wandering around here, seeking a place to huddle out of the cold, looking for something – anything – to eat, hoping for a warm home.

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Let’s all celebrate our heritages, our diversities

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone again. In traditional fashion, the day is marked by parades, festivals and drinking. President Donald Trump had his annual meeting with the Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) in the White House, and the city of Chicago colored its river green. It’s quite amazing just how St. Patrick’s Day, as a celebration of Irish heritage, has become a national undertaking.

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Forget iPhone; get a piggy bank

Mrs. Anderson gathered her three children into the living room.

“Well, we can forget about that iPhone we planned to buy next month,” Mrs. Anderson told them.

“But why, mom?” they asked all at once.

“Because the $700 we saved so long to buy it will have to be used for health insurance,” she said. “The Congress is about to get rid of Obamacare and replace it with another health-care plan. We have to save every cent we can.”

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Minnesota is filled with seasonal surprises

Once again, March has come upon us. The season of winter is coming to a close, especially with such high temperatures during the past few weeks. It almost feels like winter has already come to an end, despite Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow on Groundhog’s Day. 

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VFW great for veterans, great for country

I would like to make a special shout-out to an organization I have come to learn so much about and admire during the last few months. That organization is the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The VFW has thousands of chapters around the country and counts more than a million veterans in its membership. It also does youth outreach, with essay contests and other programs. When I first heard about these, I was very intrigued. Their Patriot’s Pen essay contest is for grades six through eight, and the Voice of Democracy contest is for high-school students grades nine through 12.

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Let’s shout from the rooftop: ‘Never again!’

One of the sure signs of a deeply divided society is the sudden rise of anti-Semitism.

It has happened with horrific frequency throughout history, most infamously in the persecution and mass butchery of Jews throughout Europe during Adolf Hitler’s insane dictatorship.

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Minnesota is filled with seasonal surprises

Once again, March has come upon us. The season of winter is coming to a close, especially with such high temperatures during the past few weeks. It almost feels like winter has already come to an end, despite Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow on Groundhog’s Day. 

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Opioid battle must be fought on every front

The scourge of opioid addiction had my nephew Shane in its grip some years back, and I am happy to report he struggled mightily, fought fiercely and conquered the addiction.

It was terrifying for so many months, but four years and three months ago he entered in-patient treatment. With the help of his lovingly patient wife, his mother and true friends, Shane, a St. Cloud resident, is now financially successful and thriving in his personal relationships, surrounded by the love of so many people and four beautiful young children – two of them 1-year-old twin boys.

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