Sore losers? Yes, with good reasons

Everybody is a liar except President Donald Trump, who so often doesn’t know the truth from a hole in the ground.

If you criticize Trump, you’re a liar.

If you prove Him wrong, you’re even a bigger liar.

If you like Him, you’re a good guy, a really great guy, a phenomenal guy – for awhile, anyway.

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Know how to avoid fake news

In recent weeks, much has been made of fake news. Facing fire on the subject, as well as alleged Russian hacking efforts to help him, President-elect Trump recently held a meeting with many of the nation’s tech executives. Although many hold views in opposition to Mr. Trump, the leaders of Amazon, Facebook, Google and many others still decided to make their voices heard on a number of issues. Calls have also been made for these companies to take steps on their own to reduce the spread of disinformation on their sites.

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China ivory ban might save elephants

Some very good news for the new year: China announced Dec. 30 it will ban all commerce in ivory by the end of 2017.

That move will – hopefully – shut down the worlds’ largest ivory market (China) and strike a blow to the vile practice of the poaching of elephants in Africa.

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Print news remains a major standard

News media is a very important part of society. Without it, we would have to rely on person-to-person interaction to find out what is happening outside of our immediate environment. For years, newspapers were the dominant source of this information. With the advent of television and the Internet, however, it has become a different story. While many benefits can be argued for these new methods, many web and television outlets use print stories and local reports as a basis for their programming. If print media continues to decline, the entire news sector will also feel the pinch.

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Time to kill ObamaCare? Whoa!

Like hungry wolves, those who have loathed Obamacare from Day One are circling, howling, eager to attack and kill that law once the new president takes office.

If it is repealed, will its die-hard enemies replace it with anything? Anything at all? We’d better pay attention because health-care access will again be one of the hottest topics in this new year. Ugly fights about it could well cause the nation to become even more divided.

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Great films can bring good to lives

A few weeks ago, I was able to see the newest Star Wars movie, which is entitled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In addition to being the eighth live-action release of the series, it’s also the first standalone of the group, meaning it is not an episode of the beloved George Lucas-helmed feature films.

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Crossing guard shares heart-warming stories

Kristen Will, Sartell

When I first applied to be a crossing guard for the Sartell-St. Stephen School District, it was for purely selfish reasons. That extra money each week would help pay for the kids’ activities and more. I knew it was OK for me to sit in my car and wait for any kids that might need to cross, but I like the fresh air, and so I got my lawn chair out, brought my coffee with and sat on my corner. What a great gig. I was able to enjoy God’s creation, wave to a couple of friends who drove by and watch people’s reactions when I gave them a smile.

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Dirty politics turn filthy in North Carolina

As the new year approaches, keep a close eye on North Carolina. In that state, the Republican super-majority in its general assembly (legislature) is trying its best to make a political eunuch out of newly-elected Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

What’s been happening in that sourly divisive state could well become the new dirty game plan for arrogant political behavior in other states, possibly even Minnesota.

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