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I knocked on the door, holding a bouquet of bright yellow flowers for the minister’s daughter. Would she even remember me? The door swung open, and Miss Mathew said. “Come in, come in.” Yes, she remembered.

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Our world today is more complex than ever before in our history. As we travel forward and face the complexity of issues, it would be nice to have a compass. Fortunately, our forefathers did give us a road map. It is called the Constitution. Unfortunately, it is not always specific as to whic…

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Ohio’s next budget (FY 2022-2023) is critically important for families and Ohio’s youngest and most vulnerable children, especially as Ohio moves into the recovery period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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At its best politics is a game of words, perhaps a war of words if a conflict escalates. But as long as words and not weapons hold sway, people can iron out their differences.

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Sunshine Week is being celebrated March 14-21 this year. It was launched in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors — now News Leaders Association — and has grown into an enduring initiative to promote open government and educate the public about the importance of open government and th…

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It hurts to see our country’s foundations crumbling right before my eyes.

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One of the great things about living in the U.S. is that our city and county governments are required to keep their citizens informed about their actions. One of the ways they do this is through public notices — the informational notices that have been deemed to be of importance to local con…

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"We found a baby girl for your adoption, but there are some things you will need to know. She's in Siberia, and she was born with a rare condition. Her legs will need to be amputated. I know this is difficult to hear. Her life, it won't be easy."

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Senator Portman justified his vote to acquit Trump on the fact that he was out of office. That was not even the issue. That issue was resolved in the prior vote: a former president can be convicted and disqualified. Portman thought he was voting on the issue that was already voted on.

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When you’re pretty much stuck inside by winter’s snow and cold, looking at the same walls day after day can become dreary. When most of the occasional activities that do get you out of the house are cancelled by the pandemic, it can get even worse.

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After Republicans lost the White House and both chambers of Congress last November, you might think they'd be asking themselves: How can we attract more voters in the next election?

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Second only to his fixation on “climate change” is President Biden’s focus on “systemic racism.” In addition to reinstating mandatory race theory training for federal employees, Biden proposes spending even more money we don’t have to fix a problem beyond the government’s reach. As with orig…

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February 8 marked the 111th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. While some of the tools and techniques used to deliver the Scouting experience have evolved over the past century, the foundation and community impact remains the same.

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MILITARY STANDS TALL BY STANDING BACK

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On Jan. 21, President Biden’s first full day in office, White House press secretary Jen Psaki began her briefing with this: “When the president asked me to serve in this role, we talked about the importance of bringing truth and transparency back to the briefing room.” Now, the administratio…

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As we begin a new year, citizens, workers, and small businesses in Ohio still need relief from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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The problem with free money is that it leads to an addiction much like an addition to drugs. In the case of the $1.9 trillion “relief” bill that has no Republican support, Congress is the supplier, while those on the receiving end become increasingly addicted to government and less self-reliant.

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I assume it's overkill to continue listing the evidence against death row inmate Kevin Cooper, duly convicted of committing a quadruple murder back in 1983. To review, this included shoeprint evidence, footprint evidence, cigarette and tobacco evidence, blood evidence and DNA evidence, provi…

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The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been a nightmare for many Americans as they struggle through multi-step registration and appointment systems.

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During the rebellious ’60s, the slogan “power to the people” became a mantra for the young to protest what they saw as oppression from their elders. Now comes a moment when significant numbers of Americans can exercise real power in ways that will improve the country.

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There were roughly 25,000 National Guard members in Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of President Joe Biden. It has been normal practice to have some National Guard in town for inaugurations, but 25,000 was far more than any number from the past. Of course, nerves were raw after the Ja…

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The Biden administration faces many challenges, some of which may prove to be intractable. But in one key area (is) the near total elimination of food insecurity in the U.S.

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Americans’ trust in the federal government has declined steadily in the last half-century, polls show. The 2020 presidential election did little to restore that confidence.

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Shortly after President Biden took office, he proposed an immigration plan that would offer an eight-year path to full citizenship for 11 million immigrants who currently reside in the United States without legal status.

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I hear from local leaders all over our state that they need more resources from the federal government to get through this pandemic. Their costs are up, while revenue is down. That’s why this week, I introduced the Direct Support for Communities Act, which would provide federal dollars direc…

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Like many, my thoughts have lately been on the state of our country and more specifically on the events of January 6. For whatever reason, I happened to think about Edward Auchard. Rev. Auchard and his wife Elma came to Bryan in 1975 and he ministered at the Presbyterian church until his ret…

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“And suddenly you know it’s time to start something new and trust in new beginnings.” — Meister Eckhart 1260-1328.

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Contemplating what to write about this week, I realized this is my last On My Mind before Christmas. Not really being into the season this year has apparently let much of it slip by without much notice.