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Ahlin: As Earth spins to perihelion, dark days, but lots of hope PressPass

Perhaps most earthlings already know that on Jan. 3, 2011, this good old planet of ours will reach perihelion. But I didn’t. Of course, until I read about it, I’d never heard of “perihelion,” much less known its meaning.

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Ahlin: Three women of faith discover interfaith dialogue is not easy PressPass

"A Muslim, a Christian, and a Jew Walk into a Room …” The sentence sounds like the first line of joke. Instead, it is the title to the second chapter of “The Faith Club,” a book about three women in New York City and the unusual and unintentional faith journey they found themselves taking together.

Ahlin: Negative political advertising means no television for a while PressPass

Watching the constant, negative national TV advertising pumped into North Dakota for the Earl Pomeroy-Rick Berg U.S. House race night after night has me thinking a silent room with padded walls might not be a bad place to hang out. Consequently, no more television for me until the election is over.

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Ahlin: Uncertain economic times put a new spin on happiness PressPass

Remember all those sayings that began, “Happiness is …”? Charles Schulz started the trend in the early 1960s in his comic strip “Peanuts,” with the line, “Happiness is a warm puppy,” but it grew in scope until it was popular enough to be mocked and used ironically. (Think the Beatles’ “White Album” and “Happiness is a Warm Gun.”)

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Abortion, health care reform arguments get very peculiar PressPass

California Rep. Lois Capps, a pro-choice Democrat, did not thrill the pro-choice community with her bid to remove the abortion issue from the health care debate.

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Ahlin: Flawed gun-owner philosophy leads to tragic consequences PressPass

Note to the folks who keep loaded guns in their houses: that stranger rustling around in your bushes or lurking by your garage may be a teenager playing a game. Don’t shoot.

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Ahlin: All that "stuff' in the closet doesn't tell a mother's story PressPass

Planning for Mother’s Day, I empty a closet. I do this in my mother’s memory – She-who-could-part-with-nothing. My mother always was emptying closets, although what she put back most often was a better arranged version of what she’d removed. Saving was her weakness; that said, everything she saved was well-organized and labeled. (My accumulation, on the other hand, is neither.)

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Ahlin: The arrest of Roxana Saberi: nightmare, moment of clarity PressPass

That Roxana Saberi was snatched off a street in Iran and put in a prison, supposedly for buying a bottle of wine, offends all our sensibilities. Her arrest is as infuriating as it is unjustifiable. We want her freed.

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Ahlin: March: No time for idealism, but no time to lose hope, either PressPass

March: On the surface, the month doesn’t appear to have much going for it, but dig a little deeper and doggoned if it doesn’t look even worse. An old bumper sticker comes to mind: “North Dakota: It’s cold, but it’s flat.” So it is with March: It’s miserable, but it’s windy.

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Banks, baseball and babies: morality plays all around us PressPass

Which breach of ethics and morality is more dangerous: good old-fashioned greed, or the brave new world of performance-enhancing drugs and fertility medicine that distort our ideas of normal and natural?

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Columns

Ahlin: In abortion politics, even the dead don’t get to die PressPass

Here is the certainty about 33-year-old Marlise Munoz: She is legally dead. Her husband, Erick, and her parents, Lynne and Ernest Machado, say that doctors declared her brain dead – likely from a pulmonary embolism.

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Ahlin: Regulation and reason in the oil train equation PressPass

In last July’s train derailment of cars carrying North Dakota oil that occurred in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, 47 people were killed, and heat from the explosions and resulting fires was felt 1.2 miles away.

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Ahlin: Tell me, Gov. Dalrymple: What century is this? PressPass

Gov. Jack Dalrymple is chairing the Task Force on Property Tax Reform, a group he created by executive order this past week “to research and analyze all mill levies for political subdivisions other than school districts.”

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Ahlin: Slave film not to be missed, but difficult to sit through PressPass

Glad I saw it; not sure I could sit through it again. And yet, if the mark of a good movie is its ability to make us think, “12 Years A Slave” should not be missed.

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Ahlin: Historic neighborhoods important to all in Fargo PressPass

The Hawthorne neighborhood is feeling threatened – not by urban blight; rather, it’s insidious infill.

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Ahlin: Caro book reveals rough politics of LBJ, Kennedys PressPass

In the lead-up to the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the Kennedy legacy is getting plenty of attention.

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Ahlin: Problem not health care; it’s unrestrained spying PressPass

President Barack Obama is vulnerable – just not for the reasons congressional tea partiers think he is.

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Ahlin: ‘Sexy’ wrong motivation for Halloween costumes PressPass

Our older daughter was 10 and our younger daughter, 7. They were playing with two other girls – also sisters who were the same ages as our daughters – and my husband and I were visiting with the other girls’ parents in their kitchen.

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Ahlin: In this game of can-kicking,common sense gets the boot PressPass

Best cartoon on the end of the 16-day government shutdown was done by The Forum’s own Trygve Olson. Published on Thursday, the cartoon showed a beat-up can with a face saying, “You think you’ve got it bad with a Congress that can’t come up with a budget agreement, how’d you like to be the can they keep kicking down the road!”

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Ahlin: Recess, cursive writing barometers of change PressPass

Call me a fan of recess and cursive writing, although my enthusiasm isn’t grounded in experience gleaned as a parent-advocate for those subjects.

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