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She graduated from college, although it was not her first choice school. Her mom died at the young age of 45, after suffering for years from multiple sclerosis. Shortly after, she discovered her father had been involved in a long-time affair. They stopped speaking. She moved away, met a guy …

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For one hour last Saturday night, lights went out. They went out at the iconic Empire State Building, Big Ben in London, Sydney Opera House, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., the Acropolis in Greece, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum in Rome, the Pyramids of Egypt and Red Square i…

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Think about it. Even the most loyal supporters of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump admit their candidate is not perfect. So I am asking myself would we be feeling better if people like Cleveland Indians manager Terry “Tito” Francona ran for president?

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Editor’s note: this column was written prior to the second debate between presidential challengers Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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Life is filled with extraordinary challenges. Some are so fraught with pain and strong negative emotions they “gut punch” even the strongest among us. What comes to mind for me are those who learn their child faces a deadly disease and those who learn someone they love has been seriously inj…

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It started in the late 1800s when Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst decided selling papers was more important than reporting the news honestly. Thus began the era of “sensationalism” in journalism. In my opinion, things have only gotten worse.

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He clocked a four-minute mile as a high school runner. To be sure, others have run a four-minute mile. However, most were adults and professional runners. When Avon Lake resident Nate Brannen achieved this feat as a teenager, he was recognized as one of the five fastest milers in the world.

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Melania was magnificent. Ivanka was incredible and Tiffany was terrific. However, the loveliest of all during last week’s Republican National Convention (RNC) was Cleveland. She stood taller and more beautiful than anything or anyone else. She embraced delegates and vendors seeking to sell j…

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Vacation. Time to unplug from all those devices that continually remind you of your “to do” list and obligations. As I headed to a highly anticipated family vacation in Cape Cod, news broke about another police shooting. I tried to push it out of my head by focusing on the ocean whose soft c…

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She was given up at birth, moved between four foster homes by age 2 1/2, finally adopted, then raped at age 8. Her adoptive mom then drew her into a conspiracy of silence, explaining that if her adoptive father was told about the rape, he would kill the neighbor who did it and go to jail. It…

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She was the adorable little girl you hugged and waved to as she got on the bus for her first day of school. She felt comforted when you cleaned up her bruised knees and arms when she fell off her bike or dove for a loose ball. Your heart swelled when she came down the stairs in her first for…

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Police in Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield Lake and Sheffield Village responded to more than 165 calls for service every day last year, on average. When those calls come, they go, frequently not knowing what a situation will bring. Will the seemingly simple stop for speeding end up being a weapons…

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Ohio governor and presidential candidate John Kasich carefully clutched a 4-month-old baby to his chest as he stepped onto the stage last week to deliver his annual state of the state address. His message, like his presidential bid, was threaded together by words of hope.

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Wallets of local taxpayers are nearly $13 million lighter as a result of the Ohio Legislature’s inability to fix a convoluted and inequitable school funding formula that literally extracts taxpayer-approved funds from local public school districts to support operations of non-taxpayer-approv…

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On Dec. 23, 1776, Thomas Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Two and a half centuries later, American men − and women − find themselves in a similar predicament.

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Earlier this year, my neighbor Marcy Busch recommended “The 13th Gift”s as our book club’s December selection. It’s a true story about a Dayton, Ohio family’s struggle with the coming of Christmas while grieving the sudden loss of a family member. A real life miracle revives the Christmas sp…

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Most veterans move quietly around us every day. They are pastors, doctors, nurses, mechanics, police officers, salespeople, IT specialists, business owners and lawyers.  They are fathers, grandfathers, brothers, uncles and, increasingly, moms, grandmas, sisters and aunts.  In short, they are…

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Meet Santa Claus, America’s newest elected official.  Stop with the HO-HO-HO-ing.  Santa Claus was elected to the city council of North Pole, Alaska. By the time you read this column, he will be sworn in and tackling the city’s budget.

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Sept. 11, 2015: Just after 5 a.m., the repeated rumblings of a truck near my home awakened me. It sounded like a big truck based on the way the engine whined. It also sounded like something was being dumped onto the ground – equipment? Metal barricades?

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I wish we could see into the future so we could be spared from events that hurt us. I think about the folks who lost their dogs, their neighbors, dog owners like me, and those who apparently have not read the Harvard University study that determined through hard science that our dogs positiv…

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Mother Nature has always been one of my greatest teachers. Like a favorite professor, she uses the tried and true to share her knowledge.  She is full of surprises and not always consistent. How else can we come to terms with a spring day that feels like winter?

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She’s smart. She’s attractive. She’s a suburban mom. And, she has lived in heroin hell.

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The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread outside of New York and has made its way to Ohio. I’m not sure what to make of these movements – although I find them clever and interesting – but I’m concerned at the general lack of focus.