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America should ban circus-animal acts

There’s mounting evidence that public pressure is causing circuses and other entertainment venues to stop using wild-animal acts as part of their “entertainment,” and what a good outcome that is. In the United States, more than 50 jurisdictions in 24 states have taken action to restrict the use of animals in circuses using trained animals. […]

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Don’t let children get on terrifying thrill rides

Parents everywhere might want to think twice before they let one or more of their children get on a “thrill” ride at amusement parks or other places. On Aug. 7, 10-year-old Caleb Schwab of Olathe, Kan., was killed while riding a water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kan. It’s still not […]

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‘Take a Day Off’ at river was again a success

There’s something about a riverbank’s ambiance that brings out the best in people, that relaxes them, makes them mellow and socially connective – Minnesota Nice, if you will. That was obvious July 30 along the western riverbank seven miles north of Sartell. For the eighth consecutive year, “Take a Day Off on the Mississippi River” […]

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Help save a life; give the gift of blood

The American Red Cross has been sending out a clarion call for more blood. Blood donations are typically down in the summer months, this summer especially, probably because prospective donors and repeat donors are on vacation, according to American Red Cross officials. In the past three months, blood donations are 39,000 fewer statewide than usual. […]

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Stop bad-mouthing cops

Those two words “Breaking News” instill instant dread these days. “Oh no! What now?!” we wonder, quaking, afraid to hear. It seems every day there is “Breaking News” about one atrocity after another, the next worse than the last. The latest, as of last Sunday, was the awful news of yet another mass shooting of […]

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Hillary Clinton should explain contradictions – and soon

Even though presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has not been recommended for indictment by the FBI, several comments by FBI Director James Comey have the potential to be almost as damaging to her campaign as a criminal indictment itself would have been. During her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State, Clinton used at least one private […]

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Do a good local deed; help with meal-packaging

It’s often said charity begins at home. That’s easy to forget with all the pressing needs throughout this all-too-tragic world these days. A good reminder of that adage is the upcoming “Feeding Our Communities,” a facet of the “Better Together” program of the Central Minnesota Community Coalition. From noon-8 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at Apollo […]

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A tip of the hat to Rice council members

The word politics derives from the term policy, and the etymology of the word varies only slightly from one source to another. Wikipedia says the word politics comes from the Greek meaning “the process of making uniform decisions applying to all members of a group. It also involves the use of power by one person […]