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Holiday traditions

By Susan Lesh (Sung in a cheery voice) It’s the …something… time of year! Something, something…full of good cheer! When I was growing up, we were caught up in the Christmas craziness. Our holiday was centered in the church, with three Christmas Eve services, which we all participated in. We
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Greatness lies in the human struggle

By Dr. Joseph Chuman We all wear social masks. In public we always want to present our best selves. This is perfectly understandable and probably necessary for society to function. But peer beneath the surface and one encounters a very different picture of the human condition. My nearly half-century as an Ethical
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2017 World Happiness Report

By Drs. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Reba Goodman Should nations be judged by how happy their population is? Should government policy aim at increasing the nation’s happiness? Currently, most countries aim to increase the wealth of the nation generally measured by the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Does the happiness of a
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Celebrating Community

Society members and friends, about 50 in all, enjoyed fun, games, good food, music, hiking and more during Community Day in Stony Point on Oct. 22, 2017. Photos by Jessie Glass                      
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Preserving the American Idea in our perilous times

By Dr. Joseph Chuman It is often said that unlike most other nations, the United States is founded on an idea. Whereas countries on other continents are grounded in blood and soil, with primary allegiance to clan, tribe, ethnic or religious group, those who come to our shores commit themselves to an implicit
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Extreme weather and climate change

By Drs. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Reba Goodman There is strong scientific consensus that the heavy rainfall, and the power of the storms Harvey and Irma that roared through Houston, Texas, and Florida was caused by climate change. Harvey and Irma would not have been so intense if the air and sea fueling them hadn’t
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Board, Program Council retreat leads to new initiative

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.” Margaret Mead’s famous quote comes to mind as I think about the annual joint Board and Program Council retreat that was held on Oct.14 this year. We gathered at member Heidi Finkelberg’s beautiful Pocono Mountain home and
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Our Building, Oh Long May it Stand

By Susan Lesh I’ve recently been thinking about the importance of having a home. My dad and brother just lived through Hurricane Irma; there was a definite chance that their mobile home would not make it through. Luckily, they lost only a drain pipe; unfortunately, the home next to them lost a roof. They waited
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If We Reject Science, It’s Over

By Dr. Joseph Chuman Has America lost its mind? With Donald Trump as our leader and the world’s most powerful man, it feels as if we have entered the kingdom of madness. With Trump has come validation of “alternative facts,” the shameless promulgation of lies, a startling indifference to truth. There are numerous
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Universal Health Coverage

By Drs. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Reba Goodman Since its founding in 1948 the World Health Organization (WHO) has promoted universal health coverage. For Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, the newly elected Director General of WHO, universal coverage is an ethical issue. In his words: “Do we want our fellow citizens to die
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