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After Influenza, What?

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This article was published in the Review & Herald magazine on October 31, 1918. Dr. W. A. Ruble was the Secretary for the General Conference Medical Department. October was the deadliest month of the entire pandemic in the United States, and the points he makes in this article had a profound effect on me when I read it. Be inspired. Be challenged.

AFTER INFLUENZA, WHAT?
Our country at this time is passing through one of the most widespread and devastating pandemics that it has ever experienced. Gruesome accounts are given on every hand of cemeteries strewn with occupied coffins awaiting diggers to inter them; undertakers with dozens of bodies awaiting caskets; morgues taxed to their capacity, and additional buildings and even tents requisitioned for the overflow.

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Santorum: Separation of Church and State Not ‘Absolute’

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Rick Santorum said Sunday he doesn’t believe the separation of church and state is “absolute” and reiterated past comments that he almost “threw up” after reading a speech on the subject by former President John F. Kennedy.
“The first substantive line says ‘I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.‘ I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute,” Santorum said on ABC‘s ’This Week.“ ”The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country.”
Santorum, a Catholic, has been very open about the role of religion in his life and in his political beliefs.

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Growing Number Of Americans Can’t Afford Food, Study Finds

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Here in the United States, growing numbers of people can’t afford that most basic of necessities: food.
More Americans said they struggled to buy food in 2011 than in any year since the financial crisis, according to a recent report from the Food Research and Action Center, a nonprofit research group. About 18.6 percent of people — almost one out of every five — told Gallup pollsters that they couldn’t always afford to feed everyone in their family in 2011.

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