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COVID-19 cases in the US leapt 47.5% last week from the previous week. Shots in arms, not shutdowns, are the answer. Among the big risks to Americans right now are unvaccinated healthcare workers and unvaccinated, undocumented migrants fanning out across the U.S. But President Joe Biden is p…

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It’s the end of spring, early summer, and though an air-conditioned house staves off the Florida heat, I still find myself sweating. My brother and my annual academic evaluations have begun. To fail this evaluation would mean that my parents had wasted their time homeschooling me. Also, it w…

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Larry Elder doesn't toe the party line for which he is maligned by some. Elder thinks independently, all by himself, for which he is respected by many, including myself.

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Congressional Democrats and their media allies are using the Supreme Court ruling upholding Arizona's anti-fraud voting laws as a pretext to ram through a federal takeover of elections. The Democrats' legislation, the For the People Act, makes widespread election stealing possible to lock in…

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On a beautiful Sunday morning, I was out of town for a business meeting in the city of Santa Barbara, California, an affluent area where the rich and

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The crisis of illegal immigration – to give this calamity its true name – is growing increasingly grave. The reason is no mystery. The Biden administration replaced policies that staunched the illegal flow of migrants with policies that actually encourage it.

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After a year of violence and unrest, large American cities serve as a cautionary tale for the progressives in Washington who want to move the country further to the left. The Democrats’ airtight lock on the urban vote has allowed political leaders to pursue ideological agendas without fear o…

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Vacation Bible School, VBS for short. Growing up, my brother and I were the type of people who could be tapped for anything. Move a television, or dig a trough, or volunteer at a VBS. Or, volunteer at three during the same summer. Three churches, three back-to-back weeks, three renditions of…

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By any standard, the London meeting of finance ministers of the Group of Seven leading Western economies a week before the G7 leaders’ summit was historic. By committing to transformative structural change to meet net-zero greenhouse gas targets and other environmental objectives, G7 finance…

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We live in a day that culture is king. Culture is a very powerful thing. It can powerfully impact feelings, and feelings are hard to argue with. However, it is dangerous to think that just because something is part of a culture that it is good or right.

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The existence of suffering in our world is demonstrably irrefutable. Poverty, hunger, violence, abuse, oppression, disease, and natural disasters are all unfortunate but factual aspects of our reality of which we are reminded daily in news headlines. While there are those who attribute these…

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Owning a building requires dedication. Locks jam, roofs leak, lights burn out, air conditioners break, with chairs to polish, floors to mop, fire extinguishers to get inspected; the cycle of maintenance never stops.

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There has been a lot of discussion surrounding the topic of human rights, life, and abortion recently. Between the fact that these are hot issues among voters in our country, to the fact that the Supreme Court recently decided to consider a Mississippi case limiting abortion, which may give …

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As a Floridian concerned about climate change, I know well the challenges we face from rising seas, stronger hurricanes and ever-hotter temperatures. Any one of these challenges would be enough to overwhelm the state, but unfortunately, we have all three — and arguably a number of other clim…

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I recently came across the term "white-savior movies." According to critics, this is a type of film that features a white hero or heroine entering the life of a helpless, troubled, often clueless Black person and, as one Black critic puts it, "swoops in" to turn his or her life around.

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Previously in the first part of this series, we directed our attention to the practical relevance of the metaphorical reference to salt in the Sermon on the Mount.

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As a worship leader of Homestead Mennonite Church, I try to discern the best ways to help my congregation worship God and connect with each other.

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Last week, as the nation, and most assuredly the world watched, long history of racial injustice began to see justice served.

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In the brilliant novel "The Bonfire of the Vanities," author Tom Wolfe describes what he calls the intense media interest in covering "The Great White Defendant."

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How will future historians explain this? From 2001 to 2014, majorities of Americans, including supermajorities of blacks and non-Hispanic whites, told Gallup pollsters that "race relations" were either very or somewhat good.

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Disney’s popular show The Mandalorian follows Din Djarin, an orphan raised by the Mandalorian people. Throughout the show, we see the bounty hunter do his work. Occasionally, we also see the interaction that he has with other masked Mandalorians. When they speak, they always remind each othe…

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Life is filled with challenges. There are many external circumstances outside of your control. The weather, actions of others, the economy, and politics are just a few examples.

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Patrisse Cullors is a co-founder of Blacks Lives Matter. About her background, she said in 2015: "The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia (Garza, BLM co-founder) in particular are trained organizers." Cullors also said: "We are trained Ma…

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All of us have faced failure. We are never done failing unless we are done trying. “He who never makes a mistake never makes anything.” Some attribute this quote to Abraham Lincoln. I wouldn’t think that anyone wants to fail, but then again, I am surprised daily by what people want. The reas…

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Since the start of the pandemic, leading drug makers such as Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson have relied on robust intellectual property (IP) protections in developing coronavirus vaccines.

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Michael Barone is one important reason I get a copy of the News Leader every week. Being of a conservative orientation, I truly enjoy reading his seasoned opinions on the issues affecting our nation,particularly our public life.

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Easter is a time of celebration, a time to remember that Jesus lives and that we have been given an opportunity to build a true relationship with our creator. However, the days leading up to it are a celebration of pain as we remember how much Jesus suffered for our sins. He was not just kil…

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The highest point in Florida is Britton Hill, 345 feet above sea level. In West Virginia, that would barely register as a bump in the road. Florida has some of the best beaches anywhere. West Virginia has some of the best whitewater rafting. It’s hard to imagine two states more different fro…

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Easing now into spring, winter has felt longer than normal, after a year into the pandemic.

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On March 7th, 2021 Homestead Middle School experienced a great loss.

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“Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” This is the question uttered by Elisha in 2 Kings 2:14 after his mentor, Elijah was taken up suddenly in a chariot of fire. It’s an extraordinary account of God’s powerful interactions with some of the most historical figures of the Jewish and Christia…

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It’s March 2021. It’s officially one year since our church uspended worship services (as well as other ministries).

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A huge heartfelt thank you to the South Dade and Florida Keys community members who reached out amidst a global pandemic to support the 2020 Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child program. Locally, 3,430 shoeboxes were packed by churches, community groups and many individuals in the Key…

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Just prior to World War I, the United States were virtually debt free and often operated under a budget surplus. Then, along came Woodrow Wilson. Wilson’s deficits added roughly $22 billion to the national debt, an almost eight-fold increase from the debt with which he began his term. After …

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With reparations, there is the issue of who pays. Do African countries owe reparations to Black Americans? After all, Harvard's director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Henry Louis Gates, wrote that 90% of those enslaved and shipped to the New World were s…

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Imagine that your life story was put into a book and it became a best seller. Next, you get a phone call, and it is a famous director that wants to turn your book into a movie, and you get to pick who will play you. I am sure you would want to embellish certain events in your life and ignore…

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One of the features of the "Star Trek" mythos that many find appealing is the summary of a Vulcan philosophy exemplified in the expression "infinite diversity in infinite combinations." The earliest portrayal of this is observed in an episode of the original series titled "Is There in Truth …

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Last week, I testified before the House Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties regarding H.R. 40: Examining the Path to Reparative Justice in America. In other words, reparations. This is the first part of the statement I submitted: