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Apr 21st

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Let judgment run down like water

Let judgment run down like waterThe world is an unjust place. The Trayvon Martin case is proof of that. He was a young man that was on his way home from the store doing nothing wrong. He was profiled, followed, and killed. His family, along with us as a people, went to the courts seeking justice, and we were denied. This is a hard pill for us to swallow because many of us hoped that we had moved beyond this. Some of us naively believed that the civil rights struggle of the sixties had brought us closer to a place of equality. But the Trayvon Martin case is yet another example to remind us of how far we have to go.
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New technology helps boomers and seniors have fun and stay in touch

New technology helps boomers and seniors have fun and stay in touch(StatePoint) Whether you're a technophobe who is reluctant to make new purchases, or you warmly embrace every trend, you may be excited to hear about user-friendly innovations, such as touch screen computers, that can make life easier and more fun:
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Do ceiling fans save energy in our homes?

Do ceiling fans save energy in our homes?Yes, ceiling fans can help save energy—but only in the summer.

A ceiling fan during hot, sticky days creates a wind chill effect that will make you feel more comfortable in your home, even if it's also cooled by natural ventilation or air conditioning. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees with no reduction in comfort. In temperate climates, or during moderately hot weather, ceiling fans may allow you to avoid using your air conditioner altogether. A ceiling fan is recommended in each room that needs to be cooled during hot weather. Ceiling fans should be turned off when you leave a room; fans cool people, not rooms, through the wind chill effect.
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Beat the heat, conserve energy, save money, and stay cool

Beat the heat, conserve energy, save money, and stay coolAs the heat and humidity of summer arrives, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources shares tips to provide consumers with the secrets to help keep cool, conserve energy, and reduce utility bills.
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The pen is mightier than the sword

My daughter recently had an on-going issue with a local government agency. Despite her repeated phone calls and several in-person visits (including one with the director), she did not receive any attempts to resolve the issue. She then decided to put pen to paper and write a letter to the director and copy key local government representatives. The very next day she received a call from the director acknowledging receipt of the letter and asking her to come in to meet. The director indicated that she was now taking personal responsibility for her case, and once the issue was resolved, she would follow up in writing to her as well as the state reps that she copied. My daughter's case is one of many that indicate that the pen is still mightier than the sword.
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We hold these truths to be self-evident

There are some truths that are evident to all, and one of them is that all men are created equal. This week America celebrates a national holiday commemorating the drafting, signing, and approval of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in the history of America and the African American people. This document later became the catalyst for other key documents including the Emancipation Proclamation, 13th amendment abolishing slavery, and the 15th amendment prohibiting the denial of suffrage based on race or colour. The Declaration of Independence along with these other document reinforced the self-evident truth that all me are created equal.
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Maximize and extend the beauty of roses with proper care

Maximize and extend the beauty of roses with proper careAlthough June is national rose month, gardeners can keep their roses healthy and blooming all summer long. Through proper care and a few simple strategies both existing and new roses can continue to look their best throughout the summer months – maximizing their beauty and enjoyment for all.
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