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Three important health questions for the new year

By Channing King As we start a new year, what are some of your goals? If you're like most Americans, you have set some health goals for 2013. Losing weight, eating healthier and exercising more are some of the most commonly set goals and are great to strive for. The problem, though, is that most never achieve those goals. Why is that? Why do so many fall short year after year? The answer may lie in some que ...

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Are we too good to help people in need?

By Robert Wilkerson “Do you want me to get the pans out?” the old deacon asked the young preacher. “Pans. What would I need pans for?” the preacher asked. “Well, some people in this church like to wash feet,” he said. The preacher answered, “Just leave them where they are and if anyone asks for one—give it to them.” The practice of washing feet in church has been abandoned by most churches. Jesus washed His ...

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Entertainment factor of auctions outweighs the impulse to buy

By June Mathews It’s no secret that I love auctions, and truth be told, I’m probably a bit addicted. When the local auction houses shut down in December for the holidays, I went into some weird sort of withdrawal. Even though there were plenty of parties, programs and other Christmas-related diversions on the agenda, going auction-less for more than a couple weeks made me feel irritable and edgy, much like ...

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

By Zack Steele Since this month is Glaucoma Awareness Month, I thought I would share about a new study from Australia that may offer a new way of identifying people at risk of glaucoma years before vision loss happens. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness. But because vision damage often occurs gradually, most people with the eye disease do not realize they have it until a good deal of their sight has b ...

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Know where you’re going in 2013?

By Robert Wilkerson “Abraham…obeyed and went even though he did not know where he was going” Hebrews 11:8. The New Year is here. Most people take the entrance into a New Year seriously. They know the passing of years signals the passing of life. If we read newspapers or magazines, we’re encouraged to set goals, lose weight, and exercise, all of which are good, but not necessarily best. As we enter the New Y ...

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Addressing real estate provisions in fiscal cliff bill

By Dave Parrish On Jan. 1, the Senate and House passed H.R. 8, legislation to avert the fiscal cliff. I bet you thought you had heard the last on the fiscal cliff. You may have even thought you knew what the debate was all about. Maybe not. Here is a summary of real estate-related provisions in the bill. Real estate tax extenders Mortgage cancellation relief is extended for one year to Jan. 1, 2014. Deducti ...

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In the wake of Sandy Hook, mental illness is center stage

By Dr. Zachary B. Steele As most of you know, I am a father of two.  Before I get to some mental illness topics, I wanted to take a minute to talk about my oldest child. Her name is Janie.  She is a kindergartner at Paine Elementary. Janie loves to dance. She asks to dance in the living room every night after her bath.  You can find her sitting with the cheerleaders at the Husky basketball games.  She wants ...

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In uncertain times, we don’t have to worry

By Robert G. Wilkerson, D.Min. Many people are living in fear today. Unemployment and home foreclosures have been extremely high. We have been fighting two wars against religious fanatics who are totally barbaric, and our nation has become the greatest debtor nation in the world. In the midst of all these fearful situations, Jesus Christ, God’s Son, has a Word for us. The Word is “Don’t worry.” Don’t Worry ...

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In Connecticut, we see ourselves

By Scott Buttram, publisher Commentary- Yet again, the unthinkable has happened. This time it was the worst conceivable scenario. They were small children, babies really, who still take naps in the afternoon; still believe in the Easter Bunny; and still believe in Santa, whose visit is just around the corner. With bright and dancing eyes they viewed a world of wonderment before them. Then, in a flash, the u ...

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Real Estate: A New “Sales Tax”?

By Chesley Payne For the Tribune Real Estate: A New "Sales Tax"? I am often contacted by people concerned about things they see and hear in the media. There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding a variety of topics. The most recent topic of concern is a new "sales tax" on the sale of real estate. Fortunately, the fear of a new tax is unfounded for most people, but, like some rumors, there is some f ...

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