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Madison County Extension Service: Handle Easter eggs with care

Easter is this weekend and that means many of you will be dyeing eggs for decoration and egg hunts. These days, there are so many interesting ways to dye and decorate eggs. Keep in mind, each time you handle an egg, it increases the chances of contact with bacteria. This is why it’s important to follow food safety guidelines and keep your Easter eggs from ruining your holiday celebrations. If you are having an Easter egg hunt, it is best to use plastic eggs and leave the real ones in…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: Indiana Law: right or wrong?

There’s so much talk and controversy going on in the mainstream media concerning Indiana’s new religious freedom law that was recently passed. People on one side of the spectrum are saying that this law is nothing but a way to discriminate against homosexuals. The other side says that this law is about the religious freedom of individuals and letting them choose to live their life accordingly. In 1993 the United States Congress enacted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It was passed by a unanimous House of Representatives and a near…

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Florida TaxWatch: Florida’s Mental Health Services underfunded, but making a difference for patients

Even with a shrinking budget, Florida’s mental health treatment system provides positive outcomes for Floridians with mental health issues, according to an independent analysis from the Florida TaxWatch, however, the watchdog group recommends options to improve the system. TaxWatch’s latest report investigates the state’s mental health network to determine whether state-funded mental health care is adequately meeting the needs of Florida patients. “Mental health problems affect many members of our communities, from children in our elementary schools to retirees in nursing homes, and ensuring individuals are getting the help they…

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National Security: Stray Vectors

Editor’s Note: “Stray vectors” is the author’s byline for random thoughts and rhetorical questions on the current scene. A recent study suggests that 50 percent of today’s occupations won’t exist in a decade. Be ready for change. Keep your mind agile. Embrace change or get run over. It is sad to see child stars become a mess when they come of age. Lindsey Lohan is a classic example. I thought that Amanda Bynes would beat the curse, but I’m afraid not. Too much, too soon I suppose. On the subject…

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