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Column: 'Merry Christmas,' I shouted

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This column is a repeat of my 2011 greeting. Three hundred one Americans died in Afghanistan in 2012. In the last month, one Minnesotan, Dale Means, 23, of Jordan, died there. Beyond those numbers, deaths of service personnel from suicide exceed combat deaths. What a tragic, painful price we are paying. As long as Americans are fighting wars in foreign lands, this will be my annual message. Peace on earth and peace to you.

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"Merry Christmas!" I shouted to a woman on the street.

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