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Opinion

Balance: reading, writing, arithmetic and a good diet

Whether children aspire to become lawyers, doctors, accountants, politicians, dietitians, or own a business, their dreams may be slow to materialize if their minds and bodies aren’t fed the proper nutrients.

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‘Benefits’ show when you are in the ‘know’

Recently I read a quote from an unknown author: “Everything that happens to us is for our benefit.” Sometimes that is hard to believe.

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Ohio in the fall is President Obama’s 2012 referendum

Unfortunately, unlike football politics is always in season and the kickoff to the 2012 shenanigans begins with a blood and guts, in the trenches battle in Ohio.

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Enough already, let’s get some more help for the poorest among us

In the midst of all this talk about America’s borrowing power and America’s place in the global economy, very little, if anything, was said about the needs of the country’s poor.

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How to discuss the UK riots – without getting burned

Like busy intersections, every hot topic can be viewed from a variety of angles.

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Charter school education: A great investment in the future of Memphis

The idea of the community and parents designing a school model for students that promotes specific subject interests and, simultaneously, achieves academic and personal success, is a highly ambitious and risky proposition.

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Striking Ugandan team from Little League play is a major whiff

This year, the Ugandan Little League team beat Saudia Arabia outright and arrived in the United States only to be denied the visas necessary to compete. The reason? “Discrepancies” in the children’s ages.

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Housing market downturn has wealth gap in tow

National home prices are down more than 30 percent since they peaked in 2006. Experts expect prices to continue to decline for the rest of this year, into the next.

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The devil is in the debt deal

The deal (to avoid default on the nation’s debt) will require about $3 billion in deficit reductions, but no increase in revenue.

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Norma Lester: That’s not what I said

I have never been one to resent being quoted, but I do have a serious issue with being “misquoted” ...

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If death were the alternative, would you choose to eat healthy?

As a wellness coach and personal plant-based chef, I couldn’t help but think about the consequences of maintaining a bad diet.

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Live in the overflow of your own joy

Dear Lucy: I notice that when someone writes to you with a problem, you use yourself as an example or you rarely side with the person or blast the wrongdoer.

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Tapping ‘bright’ minds behind prison walls

Mayor A. C. Wharton Jr. is right to use the $4.8 million that he’ll receive from Bloomberg Philanthropies to reduce handgun violence and spur job creation as a way to revive the inner city.

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