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Sound off for July 6

Sound off for July 6

These opinions are not the Courier’s. Callers are not required to identify themselves, so we can verify neither sources nor their motives. Call 876-3733.

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Soldiers' kids can get free school supplies

Soldiers' kids can get free school supplies

The link to register for free school supplies, to be given out at upcoming Back to School and Community Activities, Information and Registration Fairs at Stewart and Hunter, has been changed. To register, go to events.operationhomefront.net .

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Teaching the teachers: Do we know how to create real professionals?

Teaching the teachers: Do we know how to create real professionals?

A new teacher training program announced by the Boston-based Woodrow Wilson Foundation in partnership with MIT aims to upend teacher training by awarding degrees based on mastery of specific skills, not time in the classroom. (See a Q&A with Patrick Riccards of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation here.)
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First trailer for 'Rocky' spin-off 'Creed' released

First trailer for 'Rocky' spin-off 'Creed' released



PHILLY — Rocky Balboa is a classic piece of Americana. In 1976 he was the ultimate underdog story; in 1979 he became America’s champion; in 1982 he kind of became a joke; in 1985 he became the hero of every 9-year-old and music montage lovers everywhere; in 1990 we just kind of hated him; and in 2006 we kind of jumped back on his bandwagon.
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How to deal with a toxic person — Part 2

How to deal with a toxic person — Part 2

Both of these questions were in response to my last article about dealing with toxic people. I received many comments and letters from people who are dealing with destructive relationships, so I decided to discuss this further.
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Study: Relationship with God gives life meaning

Study: Relationship with God gives life meaning

Soon after Jong Hyun Jung, a graduate student of sociology at Purdue University, first immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea, he noticed the importance of religion in the American culture in what people said and did.
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Dads, listen up! 5 tips to prevent dad burnout

Dads, listen up! 5 tips to prevent dad burnout

Fatherhood is one of the most significant roles that men can take upon themselves. It’s a tough job. Being a dad is often overwhelming, always busy with many roles and duties. While it is important to take care of family, jobs, and other duties, spending some time with yourself and your friends can help prevent burnout.
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After Supreme Court marriage decision, Christian objectors ponder outsider status

After Supreme Court marriage decision, Christian objectors ponder outsider status

America's evangelical Christians, at roughly 25 percent of the population, aren't really a minority group. But after the Supreme Court mandated same-sex marriage in all 50 states last week, evangelicals are pondering how to interact with a changing culture.
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17 popular baby names based on cars

17 popular baby names based on cars

For some parents, the main driver in picking a baby name is a car.
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Pet ownership holds health benefits, but is it right for you?

Pet ownership holds health benefits, but is it right for you?

With soft, orange fur and little pink ears, Minerva the kitten is almost too cute to resist.
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The real reason you will probably end up getting a divorce

The real reason you will probably end up getting a divorce

Nobody gets married expecting to get divorced; yet the statistics claim that 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce. Why is this the case? Why do so many marriages lead to divorce? Of course there are obvious reasons such as affairs, lying and other forms of being unfaithful; but there is also a more subtle reason for divorce: selfishness. There are different forms of selfishness, some that may not even seem dangerous, but prove to be over time.
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Put the phone down: teaching good tech habits to kids

Put the phone down: teaching good tech habits to kids

More than half of a group of children and adults surveyed in a global study reported to believe that parents check their devices too frequently, according to a press release from AVG Technologies.
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Everyone is working more hours, but also watching more TV and sleeping

Everyone is working more hours, but also watching more TV and sleeping

Even though Americans claim to be some of the busiest people on the planet, they somehow found time to add 10 minutes to their average workday in 2014, according to the most recent American Time Use Survey report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Riding for two: Can you enjoy Disney when you’re expecting?

Riding for two: Can you enjoy Disney when you’re expecting?

Many people plan their Disney vacations months in advance, sometimes before they even know they are pregnant. With a growing baby bump, a limited number of rides you can safely go on, and the worry of restrictions that your doctor may put on you, is going to Disney really a good idea when you are expecting? Yes. Disney can be enjoyed in any season of life. Here are ways to enjoy the parks even if you are expecting a bundle of joy.
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How marriage makes you a better dad

How marriage makes you a better dad

Fathers are a crucial part of a child's life. However, it is sometimes more difficult for dads to spend time with their kids, especially if they are not married to the mother of their children.
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Daddy doesn't live here anymore: How absentee fathers are affecting our kids

Daddy doesn't live here anymore: How absentee fathers are affecting our kids

Most of the parents who read my newsletter are strong advocates of Child-Centered Divorce. That means they put the emotional and psychological needs of their children first when making any decisions regarding divorce and parenting. This puts both mothers and fathers on the same side when it comes to their children — as guardians, protectors and parents — not adversaries.
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Robert George, U.S. religious freedom panel chairman, worried about rights globally

Robert George, U.S. religious freedom panel chairman, worried about rights globally

In 30 years of teaching at Princeton University, Robert P. George — Robbie to his friends — has resolutely forged a reputation for articulating philosophical truths defending faith, family and freedom.
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‘Dovekeepers’ miniseries is on DVD this week

‘Dovekeepers’ miniseries is on DVD this week

A new CBS miniseries from the producers of “The Bible” arrives on DVD this week.
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The Dalai Lama's most notable quotes

The Dalai Lama's most notable quotes

The Dalai Lama is turning 80 on Monday, and people around the world have already begun celebrating the influential figure's life. Here are some of his most notable and inspirational quotes, compiled by dalailamaquotes.org.
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‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’ is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’ is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

A low-key comedy-drama art film leads new movies on DVD and Blu-ray this week.
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ValueSpeak: The country and the concept

ValueSpeak: The country and the concept

John Adams didn’t have anything against the Fourth of July. He just thought it was two days too late.
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Time for an assessment of the year in movies … so far

Time for an assessment of the year in movies … so far

Now that June is over and July is upon us, it’s as good a time as any for a halfway-through-2015 movie review. By my count, some 140 new titles have made stops at Salt Lake theaters so far this year.
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Five for Families: 'Cokeville Miracle' has faith-affirming theme

Five for Families: 'Cokeville Miracle' has faith-affirming theme

Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Note: Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.
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How to meet people's needs

How to meet people's needs

There is a story in Matthew 14 about Jesus feeding the 5,000.

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Same-sex marriage seems only tolerated here

Same-sex marriage seems only tolerated here

More than a week after the Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a constitutional right guaranteed for same-sex couples, not just a man and a woman, reaction in Liberty County appears to be muted.

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'Road Kill Cafe' revived in Pembroke

'Road Kill Cafe' revived in Pembroke

Bryan County Sheriff Clyde Smith recently served up a suggestion to one of his best friends, retired Bryan County Probate Court Judge Hermon Butler.

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The best news in the best country

The best news in the best country

In two days, we will celebrate the 239th birthday of the United States. Many of us are convinced that ours is the greatest nation on Earth.  

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'Ted 2' is a step down from first film

'Ted 2' is a step down from first film

“Ted 2” might be considered something of a disappointment for people who really enjoyed the first one. This sequel doesn’t nearly reach the hilarious heights of the original and instead is satiated with a by-the-numbers script.

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This beautiful song reminds us who we must thank for our country's freedom this Independence Day



As we go about our 4th of July activities this year, let's take the time to remember that the freedom we celebrate is not free. It was bought with bravery, love and sacrifice. Many men, women and children throughout history have fought hard, cried bitterly and prayed fervently for the freedom we so often take for granted.
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At 150 years, The Salvation Army finds balance between service and sermons

On Sunday, thousands of Christians are expected to march along the Mall in London, past Buckingham Palace, sounding drums and tambourines, trumpets and tubas.
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