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First, it’s imperative to share your feelings with someone you love. For me, that person is my wife, Ritu. When I was feeling down, she didn’t say, “I’m sorry”; she simply held my hands and said, “You’ve been so brave. I’m here for you.” Her reassurance meant so much.
One way to do so is by constructing age-appropriate school curricula, taking what we have learned from COVID-19 and teaching schoolchildren about germs, hygiene, vaccines and immunity. Just as important, we must remove some of the fear of their environment that we have inculcated in them.
In this season of giving and gratitude, I am inspired by how generously the people in our region showed up on Give to the Max day, which was Nov. 17 this year. In just five days, over $85,000 was raised by Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) 30 community foundations. As a donor myself, I am so moved by the generosity of our area residents.
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The easy answer is what has been dubbed "immunity debt," incurred by past winter seasons with mask-wearing. But a more complete explanation may lie in a phenomenon called "viral interference."
In the 1960s and ‘70s, global population growth was a huge concern. Scientists and the popular press spoke of a population explosion that threatened to cause famine, poverty and depletion of the Earth’s natural resources. The world’s population had grown at an accelerating rate from just under 1 billion in 1800 to 2 billion in 1928 and 3 billion in 1960, with growth peaking at 2.1% per year in 1968.
Allowing some 18-year-olds access to assault weapons is akin to pouring gasoline on a fire. Those coming from difficult backgrounds, angry, depressed, self involved and egocentric, unable to see beyond themselves, can quickly become obsessed on one thing, which can easily involve guns, and harming others. Neurologists have learned the brain doesn't fully mature until the early 20s.
Whether we have hate in mind or not, misplaced humor can feed hateful attitudes and lead to dangerous acts.
"The inner peace that Jesus promised the faithful pulled us away from our fears of scarcity, a root motivator initiating our domination instinct over others, and helped us to realize that our neighbors were actually part of the same great big body of believers."
Everything has changed from 2020. Consumer demand seems almost indestructible, and job security is strong. The Biden administration was slow to see all this coming, and made missteps. It's time for a reset.

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At the climate summit, the Saudi delegation pulled out all the stops to ensure that fossil fuels didn’t get blamed for the wildfires across the Western United States and Western Europe, or East Coast hurricanes, or massive flooding that affected more than 33 million Pakistanis.
The treatment could be a way to delay the life-changing regime of managing diabetes.
What has been missing in the continuing debate about guns is a focus on the declining value our culture places on life, as well as any notion of personal responsibility and accountability for one's actions.

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