Bearing burdens now will widen choices after death

The rate of cremation in America is soaring, from less than 4 percent in 1960 to over 40 percent currently, meaning those who value local burial grounds must help now if they are to be preserved.

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The monarch massacre — the billion butterflies that made the epic flight from the eastern United States to Mexico each fall has fallen to only about 33 million — should served to warn us like the proverbial canary in the coal mine.

We blushed with shame as we leafed through crumbling copies of our newspaper to illustrate our article on the KKK; in the 1920s, we carried notices of Klan meetings without any hint of criticism. How far have we come?

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