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After rejecting a plan for sending a free, at-home COVID-19 testing kit to all Americans, President Joe Biden has responded with something more modest in the face of the rapidly-spreading Omicron variant. Americans are able to request online, from a newly developed federal government website, a free COVID-19 test to be mailed to them. more
At this time of tremendous national polarization, it might seem counterintuitive to turn to religious freedom for guidance on how to overcome the deep cleavages in American society. The introduction of religion might provoke thoughts of disagreement, conflict and division, or seem like the last place we should look for solutions. more
The past year and a half has most of us feeling numb, helpless, and burned out on bad news. Elaine Parke’s Habits of Unity framework... more
I picked an even harder resolution for 2022 than in 2021, when I focused on becoming a better listener. That resolution required me to let people finish their sentences and not mentally prepare my response as they spoke. ]Nope. I quickly counted to five in my head without adding “Mississippi” after each number, and only then did I share my thoughts. more
Every year, scores of Arizonans make New Year’s resolutions, especially to improve their health and wealth. In fact, 55% of Americans plan to make health-related New Year’s resolutions this year, while 53% have vowed to improve their financial well-being, according to a recent UnitedHealthcare survey. more
Pahokee will celebrate its centennial (100 years of incorporation) as a city. more
Working animals account for billions of dollars in sales, spending and jobs in Florida — when they’re healthy. more
According to the Pew Research Center, one in five new marriages is now interracial. While statistics suggest that interracial marriages... more
Retail prices are soaring on everything from clothing and food to vehicles and gas. The inflation rate is at its highest level in three decades. more
It’s one of the very first Yuletide songs the youngest of children learn. more
Legitimate toy makers deserve credit for making their products much safer over the years. However, too often, Arizonans still end up buying dangerous toys for children for the holidays. more
Consumer prices jumped 6.8% in November 2021 from a year earlier — the fastest rate of increase since 1982, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data published on Dec. 10, 2021. The biggest jumps during the month were in energy, used cars and clothing. more
Going through this COVID-19 pandemic afforded me the opportunity to sit back and reflect on giving back to others. more
Henry E., age 10, of Somerville, Massachusetts asked: How did Uncle Sam become a symbol for the United States? Most Americans easily recognize Uncle Sam as a symbol of the United States or a national nickname. more
The warning signs were there. In the days leading up to the deadliest school shooting of 2021 in the U.S., 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley made a series of disturbing comments and messages — both online and in a drawing. more
It was a moment that has come back to me many times. I had gone to Starbucks in my hometown of Denver. Before going to visit my ailing mom, I thought a coffee would be nice. Once I was at the counter, the barista serving me asked, “And how are you today?” more
Can everyday people make a difference in their communities without millions of dollars? Lucy Bernholz, a senior research scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, believes that philanthropy is far more multifaceted than wealthy individuals writing checks to nonprofit organizations. more
Americans have an anger problem. People rage at each other. They are angry at public officials for shutting down parts of society. Or for the opposite reason because they aren’t doing enough to curb the virus. Democrats vent their rage at Republicans. And Republicans treat Democrats not as opponents but as enemies. more
With the Thanksgiving gatherings concluded and the leftovers long-since eaten, many of us are starting to put up decorations for the holiday season. And we’re fortunate that here in the Valley, there’s a pretty good chance the weather will be perfect while you string the lights. more
If the omicron variant of the coronavirus is different enough from the original variant, it’s possible that existing vaccines won’t be as effective as they have been. If so, it’s likely that companies will need to update their vaccines to better fight omicron. more
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