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Sometime in the 1970s, people began to reject the term “illegals” used to describe farmworkers who entered the United States illegally. No person is illegal, they said. Ten years later, people living with HIV decried being described as “AIDS victims.” We are not victims,” they said. “We are PLAs -- people living with AIDS.”

Digging in the garden

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Luckily, one of gardening tasks I thoroughly enjoy is digging. I’m on a mission to rid our yard of trumpet vine, a pretty flower that attracts hummingbirds -- which is why it was allowed to establish itself -- but with an invidious root system that runs like underground pipes, sending up shoots alongside ours and our neighbor’s garages for 20 feet. And then there are the seedlings that were mowed down for years but sent their roots underneath the peonies and into the garden beds.

Source: Ecology encyclical to say climate change 'mainly' human caused

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Pope Francis' highly anticipated encyclical letter on ecological issues will state that global climate change is "mainly" due to human activity, a person familiar with the document has said.

The encyclical, to be released Thursday, will reportedly say that while there are both natural and human causes to climate change "great natural forces are not under our control; human causes are."

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