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Target Stores mock parents who have lost children to the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic!

syringe pensHopefully Target’s profits for Christmas shopping will reflect families outrage in all 50 states for mocking the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic — and the loss of the lives of children.

Marianne Skolek Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)  Target Stores have been promoting a “Spritz Halloween Syringe Pen” for sale in their “family” stores all over the country.  (Photo of syringe pens are shown).  When I learned of Target’s outrageous retail practice of profiting from a drug epidemic which is resulting in deaths and addictions in the tens of thousands, I emailed the following to John Mulligan, Executive VP:

Be present on Father’s Day

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Be quick on the visits and the telephone this Father’s Day. Regardless if you are the child or parent, the present is what we have and absence must be a thing of the past.

Dr. Glenn Mollette Global News Centre

(NEWBURGH, Indiana)  Sadly, too many Americans are growing up without the presence of a father. According to the U.S. Census Bureau 24 million children live in biological-absent father homes.

The positive impacts of having dad around are numerous such as better social-emotional and academic functioning and fewer behavioral problems. Children in father-absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor. In 2011, 12 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 44 percent of children in mother-only families.*

A toast to St. Patrick

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The 164th St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco (Photo by David Yu)

As a result of slavery, blacks were not allowed to own land or real property.  African Americans began to equate land ownership to independence, wealth, and full citizenship.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)  On March 17th, the Irish, the more than 70 million world-wide who claim Irish heritage, and the Irish-for-a-day, will be lifting a pint of Guinness, or something stronger, to toast Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. I bet corn beef and cabbage will be on many a menu. And many will be wearin’ the green. Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that is the day St. Patrick died and is now celebrated as his feast day.

The biggest observance of all will be, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses will close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.

A taboo on telling the truth about Palestine

screen-shot-2-3Television writers remind us in sic-fi films, “the truth is out there”. True enough, but the psalmist reminds us that the truth of our bondage is part of our daily existence, a bondage that keeps us from smashing down those taboos that keep us blind to the suffering that cries out to be heard.

Dr. James Wall Global News Centre

(CHICAGO)  Psalm 2:3 (above) is sung in George Frideric Handel’s Messiah before the arrival of the triumphant Hallelujah chorus, when audiences rise to their feet, following the tradition set by England’s King George II at the Oratorio’s first London performance.

Don’t kick Santa across the yard

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Move on, give and celebrate Christmas…

Dr. Glenn Mollette Global News Centre

(NEWBURGH, Indiana)  This Christmas give somebody the gift of mercy and forgiveness. Actually be broad with your giving and generous. We all need a lot of both. For such a joyful holiday of cheer, giving and yuletide merriment there are certainly a lot of stressed out sourpuss faces and agitated people. If you haven’t seen any of these you probably haven’t been to the mall or busy shopping districts. People get tense over decorating, shopping, spending, and fitting into their schedules all the jolly dinners, gatherings and religious services. You may have watched Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. He becomes over the top stressed out when his Christmas lights don’t work and literally kicks, stomps and curses a blue streak across his yard. It’s a funny scene. Mostly because in some way we’ve all been there a time or two.

Confronting torture: A violation Of American values

Torture-WaterboardAbu Hudhaifa, was held in Afghanistan for 16 months.  The Senate report says that he “was subjected to ice water baths and 66 hours of sleep deprivation before being released because the CIA discovered he was not the person he was believed to be.”

Allan Brownfeld Global News Centre

(WASHINGTON DC)   The heated debate over the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on our government’s use of torture is often asking the wrong questions.  The report is being criticized for not having interviewed CIA personnel involved in the program.  This is a legitimate criticism.  The report is criticized for categorically stating that no worthwhile information was obtained by such procedures.  We have no way of knowing whether this is true.  The CIA argues that it is not.

Christmas: A time to reflect on the eternal in an increasingly troubled world

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Christmas, of course, is many things. It is a season of celebration and family reunion, of merriment and good cheer. More than this, however, it is a time for contemplation of the meaning of life—and of our own lives—and of seeking our answer to the question of what God expects of us.

Allan Brownfeld Global News Centre

(WASHINGTON DC)   Our society is sharply divided at the present time over a host of contentious issues, from the question of how the police interact with minority communities, to immigration, to the growing conflict in the Middle East. Political partisanship often replaces a concern for the future of the country, as jockeying for power replaces any larger notion of public service. If we were ever in need of the message of Christmas, of a focus upon the eternal, of peace and good will, now is certainly such a time.

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