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Trump’s critics are ignoring Iran’s record of violence

In all the reportage and commentary on the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, I haven’t seen much mention of an interesting parallel between the Iranian mullah regime’s attacks on America this month and its attacks when it first came to power 40 years ago. The similarity is that both ...

Leftists are desperate to stop Biden’s campaign

Throughout this unsettling conflict with Iran, Joe Biden has stood out as a calming Democratic voice, speaking of the stakes and challenges with deep knowledge of foreign policy. Just another reason for activists on the left backing Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren to lose their minds. The ...

Help guide change — Get involved in community

It’s time for change in Eastern Ohio. In many communities across our region, transitions of leadership are taking place. With the first of the year, new mayors, council members and other local officials are taking office. In some cases, these changes are happening because sitting ...

What are your limits in 2020? Maybe none

I was walking around the house the other day looking for my walker. I asked my wife if she knew where it was. “It looks like you don’t need it” was the reply. Lynnda is partially right. I gave up the wheelchair for the walker two weeks ago. I can walk without any support easily for ...

Senator cites wins for Ohio on addiction, health care in 2019

The new year is a time to look back on the accomplishments of 2019 and look forward into the new year. Reflecting back on 2019, I’m really proud of the work my team and I have done in Congress to help Ohioans and their families. Despite the partisanship and media focus on impeachment, ...

Dreams can give birth to change in 2020

With six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, I was poorly prepared for the “big day.” I have always been known as a very prepared and organized person. I bet that is why I’ve had the job titles that I have had in my professional life also — administration ...

Letting Christmas past brighten the present

As I prepare to celebrate Christmas with my family this week, I find myself reminiscing about Christmases past and some of the experiences that are uniquely mine as well as those that I’m sure many of my peers will recall. Some of my favorite holiday memories involve music. It seems that ...

Making God’s dreams for us come true

A few weeks ago, I was at a Rotary meeting where John Moses, the CEO of Youth Service Systems, was the speaker. I was so impressed with it, I asked for permission to share it with you. It is a story about the power of relationships. This story as a drama, so let me tell you the cast of ...

Focus on positive memories this Christmas

I am blessed to recall our magical Christmases. Growing up we had a large family and only got one big gift from Santa and some small gifts from our parents. It always was enough. We knew we weren’t wealthy but we never felt poor. Maybe it was because we were surrounded by family. We ...

Lighting the darkness through the holidays

Driving through the Bridgeport area early on Friday evening, I found myself wondering about all the Christmas lights I saw. What do colorful lights have to do with Jesus and the Nativity anyway? I pondered this question as I drove along National Road. I thought that perhaps the lights were ...

Preserve the kindness of Christmas season

My fraternity brother at the University of Michigan was dying from diabetes, having already endured a series of minor amputations. But Art loved music and continued composing songs and singing them while playing a banjo. When the popular quartet, the Brothers Four, came to campus for a ...

Standing on our region’s own two feet

This week physical therapy was exciting for me. For the first time since Oct. 27 I actually stood on my own two feet. After lying on my back in bed and sitting on my butt in a wheelchair, it felt good to be vertical again. I needed coaching to get me on my feet for the first time from the ...

Perception is not everythig

Last Sunday I was in church and rolled into the communion line on my wheelchair. One of the ushers, Tony a friend, approached to push me. I smiled, waved him off and said, “I’ve got this.” I kept up with the line and easily wheeled back to my place in back. Tony came up after church and ...

The true magic of the holiday season

Thanksgiving week has arrived, marking the start of the sprint through the holiday season. Many of us will prepare or share in a big, traditional meal on Thursday. Families will gather in front of TV sets to watch parades and football. Then, once the dishes are done and the leftovers are put ...

Remember to shop local this holiday season

It may seem hard to believe, but the rush of the holiday season is right around the corner. In fact, for some people the hustle and bustle already have begun. Following Thanksgiving is an unofficial holiday with the ominous-sounding name “Black Friday.” The moniker is fairly apt, since ...

Using the power of our minds to achieve

After surgery on both knees, walking is out for the time being. I spent the last week at rehab learning how to take care of myself from a wheelchair until my legs heal. Things like putting on pants and socks require some training when you are in a wheelchair and can’t bend your knees. I ...

Remember to honor and thank our veterans

Everyone knows that November is the time of year to be thankful. What we may not realize, though, is that there are multiple occasions throughout the month when it is appropriate to express our gratitude. Monday will be one of those days. Monday is Veterans Day — a federal holiday ...

We can’t always do things on our own

When I write one of these articles, I try to look at you, the reader, and decide what I could say or share that would make your life a little better. Last week’s article was a little different. I wrote that article for you but also for me. I needed to listen to some of my own words. I ...

Celebrating Halloween in November

November has arrived in rather frigid fashion and now it’s time for … trick or treat? Throughout much of the past week, social media and area streets and businesses were filled with people having heated debates over whether to “cancel Halloween” and reschedule trick or treat due to ...

The many advantages to a positive attitude

Have you taken in some of the beautiful sights during this autumn season? Better hurry if not, the colorful leaves will be gone at the first sign of a strong wind. I love this time of year for other reasons as well. It is the beginning of the holiday season. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time ...