Marjorie Young.

The Psychic View – Second Chances

By Marjorie Young

Not long ago, I heard an unforgettable true story. A Labrador puppy, born blind, was saved from euthanasia when a woman stepped forward to adopt her despite the ‘handicap.’ ‘Lady’ found a happy home with ‘Clare’, especially enjoying daily outings to a nearby, often deserted beach. On these occasions, the dog observed caution, staying by her companion’s side. But one day, a few years later, an extraordinary event occurred. Strolling together at the shore, Lady uncharacteristically ran off, racing ahead while steadfastly ignoring Clare’s commands to return. Bewildered, her owner gave chase, only to see Lady pause, listen intently, then plunge into the surf. Soon, the cause of the Lab’s atypical behavior became clear. A drowning woman was calling desperately for help…and only Lady could hear the call. When the victim, seeing the dog moving toward her, stopped crying out, Clare shouted instructions to continue, permitting Lady to at last locate her and bring her to safety. Thus, the blind Labrador, gifted with a second chance at life, returned the favor in the most meaningful way possible.

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The Psychic View: A Squandered Life

By Marjorie Young

One recent news event captured my attention, proving at once both bizarre and distressing. A man in his seventies, living in a small Kansas town, attacked a Jewish Community Center, shooting down a grandfather and his fourteen-year-old grandson in the parking lot. He then headed to a nearby Jewish Assisted Living Facility, murdering a woman on the way to visiting her elderly mother. The motive for the slaughter was ‘killing Jews’…the shooter harboring a life-long hatred of anyone practicing that religion. To punctuate the issue, he shouted out pro-Nazi slogans while being hauled away by the police.

The terrible irony was that none of the victims were Jewish; on the contrary, the dead were regular church-goers. Besides every other deplorable aspect of the incident, it struck me as absurd that, having spent a lifetime hating Jews, and even serving as the ‘Grand Dragon’ of the Klu Klux Klan, the shooter could not, in the end, even distinguish the targets of his malice from the rest of humanity!

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New Year, New Common Sense Approach to Climate Change


By Lu Nelsen, lucasn@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs

Our nation spent nearly $7 billion responding to extreme weather in 2013. Events that endanger livelihoods nationally, and especially in rural and small town America. These destructive storms, devastating droughts, dangerous flooding and paralyzing winter weather highlight the need for action. We must confront threats that climate shifts pose to rural communities, and the nation.

The new year provides an opportunity to take commonsense steps to address carbon pollution, a major contributing factor to these threats. Currently, there is no limit on the amount of carbon pollution that American power plants can emit, but new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency would help limit these emissions.

Closing loopholes for high-polluting power plants is crucial to protect community health and our natural resources. Several other power plant by-products are limited, but carbon emissions have been overlooked, leaving the door open for some of the biggest polluters in the nation to get off scot-free.

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