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October signifies different things for different people. The leaves are changing, the nights are getting colder, and if you're a baseball fan like me, you're hoping your team makes it to the postseason. One thing that might not always cross your mind is that October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month. There was a time for me when I would look at the pink ribbons and not pay that much attention to the purpose of it all. I understood what they were for, but I guess I couldn’t feel a connection to it.

My grandmother passed away from breast cancer in 2005, and I decided then to make myself more aware of the disease, along with what I could be doing about it. That year I started doing breast self-exams on a monthly basis. I didn't know it at the time, but that one decision would ultimately save my life.

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Here we are. Again.

The Republicans, including our own Mark Meadows, who have repeatedly stated dislike for the federal government, have closed much of the U.S. government. What is particularly obnoxious about this is that they are blaming Democrats for something that the Republicans have been wanting to do, again, for many years.

Shutting down government services in order to nullify a law (Obamacare) that has already been debated, compromised, passed and even approved by the Supreme Court, is far from the Republicans’ stated tactic of principled action. The Republican shutdown is more like spoiled children throwing a tantrum when they don’t get their way.

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This is in response to Vic Drummond’s letter arguing that man’s contribution to global warming is a false assertion because he can cite contrary “evidence.” The problem is that Mr. Drummond does not understand the scientific method. Evdence for this is his use of the term “scientific proof.” Scientists have long understood, strictly thinking, there is no such thing as “scientific proof.” Rather, an accepted hypothesis is one that has failed to be adequately disproved. This requires more than choosing only “evidence” which supports one’s hypothesis (called confirmation bias) as Mr. Drummond has done. Required is consideration of all the evidence, not just the evidence you select.

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Is there evidence to believe?

There are some things that are difficult to believe, because they cannot be seen. Then there are some things even when seen are hard to believe. The belief of either the beginning of creations starting from nothing or from God can be hard to imagine. Then seeing a magician running a sword though a box and into a person seems so real, but should not be believed, even though it seems so real. Some say there is no God, no Christ – where's the evidence, I want to see to believe.

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