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On his first day in office, President Joe Biden proudly signed an executive order that halted the construction of the wall along our southern border with Mexico, paused deportations for some non-citizens and ended the Trump administration’s successful “remain in Mexico” policy which required asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico instead of being released into the U.S.

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Back in 1976, I read a short newspaper story citing French demographer and scholar Emmanuel Todd, who forecast the collapse of the Soviet Union. In his essay, “The Final Fall,” Todd deduced that the USSR suffered from stagnation, low birth rate and high infant mortality, rising suicides, alcoholism and worker discontent.

Sometime soon, members of a select committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will release findings related to the events of Jan. 6, 2021, in the U.S. Capitol. For the sake of our democracy, leaders of both parties should pay attention to what they have to say.

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"I took a day last week to clean my work space, more out of necessity rather than industriousness. If it is true that acts of creation are often born out of those involving destruction, then this story is such a thing, for while I was in the process of sorting and filing and tossing, I found one of the few things I have left from the years I had with my Grandmother Blanche, her red note card-sized diary from 1968; it was tucked away on a bookshelf that was badly in need of a dust rag"

With each new year come new resolutions for many of us. While many of us often resolve — and often fail — to eat better, get more sleep and exercise, how about making a resolution we can actually stick with?

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