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The Psychic View – Action or Inaction?

By Marjorie Young

There is a well-known saying that ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions.’ And it is all too true that well-meaning words or deeds can result in decidedly negative consequences. Ever try to ‘smooth things over’ with a warring couple, only to find them both turning on you for ‘meddling’? Ever give counsel to someone at a difficult cross-roads, only to have them later ‘blame’ you for the choice that was ultimately theirs to make?

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The Psychic View – Thinking Makes It So?

By Marjorie Young

I’ve adored Shakespeare since childhood. His genius pervades not only western culture, but every corner of the world. Even those never having seen his plays readily paraphrase him, though sometimes unknowingly. The examples are endless: ‘To be or not to be’…‘The course of true love never did run smooth’…‘It is a wise father that knows his own child’…‘What’s in a name?’…‘To thine own self be true.’

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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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