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Category Archives: Holidays

Happy Easter 2018!

Excerpt: If you're celebrating the holiday, please accept best wishes from all of us at NPI.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Anyone who lives inside the U.S. can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds”

Excerpt: Take a few moments today to read this excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther Kingr, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail, in which he explains that no American can be considered to be an outsider within the boundaries of their own country.
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Banished Words for 2018

Excerpt: Read Lake Superior State University's List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse, and General Uselessness for 2018, plus NPI's additions. This year, we're banishing "Alternative Facts", "Thoughts and Prayers", "Zero Sum Game", "Hive Mind", "Woke", and "Not/Shouldn't Be a Partisan Issue".
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The Declaration of Independence, two hundred and forty-one years later

Excerpt: Take a few moments this July Fourth to read the Declaration of Independence.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Happy Easter 2017!

Excerpt: If you are observ­ing the East­er hol­i­day today, please accept best wish­es from all of us at the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute. East­er is the most sig­nif­i­cant holy day for Christianity’s many denom­i­na­tions, although not all of them are cel­e­brat­ing it today. Pas­sages like the fol­low­ing excerpt from the Gospel of Matthew (28:1–10) are com­mon­ly read […]
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Banished Words for 2017

Excerpt: Every year since 1976, Michigan’s Lake Supe­ri­or State Uni­ver­si­ty has released a thought­ful and humor­ous “List of Words Ban­ished from the Queen’s Eng­lish for Mis­use, Overuse and Gen­er­al Use­less­ness”. Here is the 2017 (and forty-sec­ond annu­al) edi­tion, for your read­ing enjoy­ment on this New Year’s Eve: YOU, SIR - Hails from a more civ­i­lized era […]
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The Declaration of Independence, two hundred and forty years later

Excerpt: In accor­dance with tra­di­tion, we are repost­ing the text of the Dec­la­ra­tion of Inde­pen­dence here on The Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate for your enjoy­ment. The Dec­la­ra­tion was pri­mar­i­ly authored by our third pres­i­dent, Thomas Jef­fer­son, who drew heav­i­ly on the think­ing of Enlight­en­ment philoso­phers such as John Locke to per­sua­sive­ly lay out the case for the inde­pen­dence […]
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Happy Easter 2016!

Excerpt: If you are observ­ing the East­er hol­i­day today, please accept best wish­es from all of us at the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute. East­er is the most sig­nif­i­cant holy day for Christianity’s many denom­i­na­tions, although not all of them are cel­e­brat­ing it today. Pas­sages like the fol­low­ing excerpt from the Gospel of John (20:1–9) are com­mon­ly read […]
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: We have a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws

Excerpt: Today is Mar­tin Luther King Jr. Day, and like we do every year in hon­or of Dr. King’s mem­o­ry, I’m post­ing an excerpt from his Let­ter From Birm­ing­ham Jail. In these pas­sages, Dr. King is explain­ing that not all laws are cre­at­ed equal. Laws are made by humans, and humans unfor­tu­nate­ly have a long his­to­ry […]
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Banished Words for 2016

Excerpt: Every year since 1976, Michigan’s Lake Supe­ri­or State Uni­ver­si­ty has released a thought­ful and humor­ous “List of Words Ban­ished from the Queen’s Eng­lish for Mis­use, Overuse and Gen­er­al Use­less­ness”. Here is the 2016 (and forty-first annu­al) edi­tion, for your read­ing enjoy­ment on this New Year’s Eve: SO — So the word that received the most […]
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Happy Veterans Day 2015!

Excerpt: Today we pause to thank the many brave men and women who have valiant­ly served our coun­try in the armed forces, defend­ing this great nation so that the rest of us may go about our lives freely and peace­ful­ly. We at NPI are espe­cial­ly grate­ful for the ser­vice of our own Rick Heg­dahl (U.S. Navy […]
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In memoriam, fourteen years later

Excerpt: Today is the four­teenth anniver­sary of the Sep­tem­ber 11th attacks, which destroyed New York’s World Trade Cen­ter, dam­aged the Pen­ta­gon, and claimed the lives of thou­sands of inno­cent Amer­i­cans. In hon­or of those who died that day, we’re repub­lish­ing a poem that we post annu­al­ly here on The Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate. Two thou­sand one, nine eleven […]
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The Declaration of Independence, two hundred and thirty-nine years later

Excerpt: In accor­dance with tra­di­tion, we are post­ing the text of the Dec­la­ra­tion of Inde­pen­dence here on The Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate for your enjoy­ment. The Dec­la­ra­tion was pri­mar­i­ly authored by our third pres­i­dent, Thomas Jef­fer­son, who drew heav­i­ly on the think­ing of Enlight­en­ment philoso­phers such as John Locke to per­sua­sive­ly lay out the case for the inde­pen­dence […]
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This Independence Day, don’t get burned: Let the professionals set off the fireworks

Excerpt: Inde­pen­dence Day is almost here, and as the cel­e­bra­tion of Amer­i­ca’s found­ing has inched clos­er, fed­er­al, state and local offi­cials have become increas­ing­ly vocal about the dan­gers posed by set­ting off fire­works, par­tic­u­lar­ly with con­di­tions so dry this year. Author­i­ties are emphat­i­cal­ly urg­ing peo­ple to go see a com­mu­ni­ty spon­sored, pro­fes­sion­al­ly run fire­works show instead […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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