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    Israeli Brass Lobby for Peace

Israeli Brass Lobby for Peace

Last week Sweden became the first major European Nation to recognize the Palestinian State. There is reason to believe that their move could be the beginning of a change in attitude around the world. The latest change in the situation was a bit of a surprise. Former Israeli brass are lobbying for peace. In a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 105 retired generals and intelligence chiefs supported negotiations with

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    Climate Change will soon be Irreversible

Climate Change will soon be Irreversible

There should be no argument that climate change is the result of man’s abuse of the environment, but there is. Doubters cannot ignore the extremes in weather, some of which are the most severe in history or a first time occurrence. Now a United Nations panel issued a report stating that climate change will soon be irreversible. Okay, admittedly the panel did not say they were 100 percent certain that

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    Civil Rights or Public Safety

Civil Rights or Public Safety

Kaci Hickox returned home from Sierra Leone this weekend. She is a nurse and was treating patients infected with the Ebola virus. Ms. Hickox was held at the airport for six hours and then taken to a hospital to be forcibly quarantined for 21 days. Is this a violation of her civil rights, or is a maneuver to protect the public’s safety? On Friday the Governors of New York and

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    Guns vs Free Speech

Guns vs Free Speech

Kimberly Edson lives in Rochester, Minnesota. She watched a man walk by her home escorting his two daughters to school. He was wearing a gun, visible for all to see. A battle ensued forcing the issue of second amendment rights vs. first amendment rights. Another case of guns vs. free speech. After several days, the weapon was no longer visible. Edson was concerned about guns being near or on school

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    Churches Must be Taxed

Churches Must be Taxed

Why are certain entities exempt from paying federal income tax? Charities return donations to the needy, (at least some of it), so we can probably understand that. Many political organizations do not pay taxes; I don’t know why. Churches are not required to pay their fair share of support for the nation which allows them to freely practice their faith. However, in exchange for this privilege, they are not supposed

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    Brittany Maynard Will Die November 1st

Brittany Maynard Will Die November 1st

Brittany Maynard was diagnosed in January with grade II Astrocytoma. The 29-year-old woman was informed of her condition just after her wedding day. The disease spread quickly into intoglioblastoma multiforme, the deadliest form of brain cancer. She cannot be saved. By her own choice, and because she is a resident of Oregon, Brittany Maynard will die on November 1st. Doctors informed the young woman that the maximum life expectancy for

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    Why Citizens United is bad for America

Why Citizens United is bad for America

It is now legal to buy elections in the United States. The working class cannot afford to spend billions of dollars in campaign donations to assist their chosen individual in his or her attempt to get elected into office. Here is the reason why the Supreme Court’s approval of Citizens United is bad for America. The Republican Party is heavily influenced by the ‘one-percent in America.’ The wealthiest in our

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    ISIS Airstrikes: Expensive and Ineffective

ISIS Airstrikes: Expensive and Ineffective

As of September 30, 2014, estimates claim that nearly a billion dollars has been spent by the United States in an attempt to bomb the terrorist group into submission. Recent reports suggest that the ISIS airstrikes are both expensive and ineffective. ISIS is steadily advancing on the Iraq Capital of Baghdad, and has nearly captured a Kurdish town on the Syria-Iraq border. Iraqis report that in some areas the terrorist

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    A History of Violence (it’s not about the Movie)

A History of Violence (it’s not about the Movie)

Was Ray Lewis overrated as a linebacker in the NFL? Was he a violent man who loved inflicting pain? Was Lewis a participant in the murder of two men following the Ravens’ Super Bowl XXXIV victory? (The white suit Lewis was wearing when the two men were stabbed to death has never been found). This is about a man with an attitude which has been reflected by his actions and

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    Gun Control Misses the Point

Gun Control Misses the Point

  As debate between gun-rights groups and gun-control advocates continues, gun violence remains, without question, a regrettable fact of life. The subject is extremely sensitive if not outright volatile to folks on both sides of the issue. To engage in meaningful debate, the parties involved must agree to do so not with emotion, but with intellect, as emotion invariably clouds a person’s judgment. It should be understood that no sane

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