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The fight against human trafficking demands our attention. In well-appointed homes, on farms, in factories and in restaurants in the U.S., thousands of people, even children, work long days cleaning homes, picking crops, making products, washing dishes, busing tables and serving customers. more
On Florida Arbor Day (Jan. 21), we pay homage to trees as work horses, not show horses. more
Entering the new year, Americans are increasingly divided. They clash not only over differing opinions on COVID-19 risk or abortion, but basic facts like election counts and whether vaccines work. Surveying rising political antagonism, journalist George Packer recently wondered in The Atlantic, “Are we doomed?” more
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day — On this holiday, we celebrate one of the great civil rights leaders of the 20th century. The Rev. King challenged Americans to uphold the Declaration of Independence’s promise “...that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” more
Smoking doesn’t just ruin your health. It can also burn a nasty hole through your wallet. more
Many people may recognize Arbor Day on a National scale to be celebrated on the last Friday in April, however... more
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
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
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
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