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Tom Purcell

Are you ready for the murder hornets?

Murder hornets. (Not to be confused with their close relatives: accessory-to-murder hornets, involuntary-manslaughter hornets, justifiable-homicide hornets and turning-state’s-evidence hornets.) Killer hornets. Asian giant hornets. Or the more politically correct Continent Which Must Not Be Named giant hornets.
The invasive insects go by a confusing array of names, but the New York Times, National Geographic, NBC News and other sources are warning Americans about the potential impact of their spread.

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Christine Flowers

Life during pandemic puts a strain on all of us

My brother Jon was an exceptional human being. He had a sense of the world and life that alternated between skepticism, passionate embrace, disappointment, and hope that things would always move toward improvement, toward the light.
And then, for reasons we won’t ever fully know, he turned off that light. He was only 30. There is music that won’t be written because of this, celebrations that were cancelled because of this, reunions that were smaller because of this, days that were sadder and flatter, because of this.

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Rich Manieri

There’s room for compromise, if we look for it

Over breakfast the other day, my wife, who happens to be a physician, asked, “Whatever happened to compromise?”
She was wondering why Americans can’t seem to put their political and ideological biases aside during the current pandemic and understand that we can do our best to protect ourselves from the virus and still keep our economy from collapsing.
The answer came to me about 30 minutes later, in an angry email from a reader.

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Christine Flowers

Where’s #MeToo on Joe Biden allegations?

To say that I am notoriously skeptical of the #MeToo movement is an understatement.
I have railed against a movement that has always struck me as extreme, partisan, and motivated more by vindictiveness than by a search for clarity and justice. From Bill Cosby, to former Sen. Al Franken, to (most infamously) Brett Kavanaugh, I have publicly questioned the motives of the self-proclaimed victims of harassment.

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Christine Flowers

Little Sisters of the Poor meet pandemic with grace humility

In the outside world, the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting our divisions.
Inside the Little Sisters of the Poor retirement residence in Pittsburgh, it’s revealing the power of grace and humility.
The mission of Little Sisters of the Poor (LSP), a Roman Catholic order founded in France in 1839 by St. Jeanne Jugan, is to care for the elderly poor (of all denominations) in their last chapter of life. Today, 172 LSP homes in 31 countries serve nearly 12,000 aged poor.

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