North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared last week that his country is in the midst of a modern “industrial revolution” as he pushes science and technology as a path for economic development in his impoverished nation. It’s going to be a long road, though, if the country continues with the world’s most restrictive Internet policies — requiring government permission to interact with foreigners and limiting Internet connections only to a small fraction of the nation’s elite.
People are used to the everyday services dogs perform — guiding the blind, sniffing out a skier buried in an avalanche, guarding home and property. But a team of specially trained dogs from Lutheran Church Charities deployed to Newtown, Conn., for a very special mission shortly after the tragedy there. In a way only kind and loving dogs can, they comforted the bereaved, the hurting, the fearful and the anxious. The very presence of the golden retrievers can be soothing to the spirit and consoling to the soul. The dogs offered unconditional love, warmth and sweet release to people battered by circumstance, loss and pain. It is a worthy calling, one for which the animals, their trainers and those who send them on their missions of mercy deserve the thanks of a grateful nation.