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The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of Maryland and North Carolina’s gerrymandered district maps. More precisely, it ruled that it did not have the ability to pass judgment on whether or not a map is excessively gerrymandered along partisan lines.

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Today we celebrate the birthday of our nation with picnics, ballgames, parades and fireworks. Independence Day is indeed a time to recall when the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates from the 13 colonies.

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I cried when I saw her. From elementary school through high school, Jackie and I were inseparable, but 12 years had elapsed since our last visit. Several months before our recent meeting, Jackie contacted several of her high school friends, including me, and suggested a mini-reunion for six …

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Geauga County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Grendell has been embroiled in a dispute with the Geauga Auditor’s Office about oversight of court spending.

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I think I may have mentioned once or twice that I firmly believe in miracles. This one, however, caught me completely off guard – and now one of my cherished beliefs is about to be tested – for the second time.

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Fifty years ago, the nation watched as Ohioan Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the Moon. The Apollo 11 lunar landing mission was guided by a dedicated team on Earth supporting the journey of Mr. Armstrong as well as Edwin E. Buzz Aldrin, pilot of the lunar module and the s…

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You may not be ready for next year’s elections, but in political time, they’re coming up fast. Which means that at some point you’re almost certain to hear someone announce, sternly, “I. Will. Not. Compromise.” And if you’re there in the crowd and agree with his or her position, you may even…

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Some local Geauga County Republicans are upset, others are outraged and still others are content. The selection last week of Chester Township resident Diane Grendell to fill the vacant House of Representatives District 76 seat has evoked a range of reactions.

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I am lucky enough these days to be in regular touch with students who are interested in public service. I find hope in their quality, energy and motivation, and they press me to think more deeply about what it takes to pursue a life in the public realm.

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Throughout my time serving as the representative for Ohio’s 14th Congressional District, I’ve had the privilege of attending all sorts of events across Northeast Ohio, but one of my all-time favorites is the Alliance for Working Together’s annual RoboBots Competition.

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From Thanksgiving 2018 through summer 2019, 10 of my family members, representing seven different households, will have moved. Our great family migration includes people in three different generations, starting from four different states. Some people moved from the East Coast to the West Coa…

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Rosie, my beautiful Border-Collie-And-More is now 11 years old. As you may recall, she started out as the puppy from hell. But in a few short years (and after five trainers and failed attempts at every dog activity yet invented), she developed into the perfect dog, the one who sleeps through…

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Thirty years is a long time to wait for a pay raise. Now Chagrin Falls Village Council is considering a hike in wages for council members and the mayor. The legislation was put on the first of three required readings, which will give residents a chance to attend council meetings, ask questio…

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Take a look at a map outlining the 16 congressional districts across Ohio, and you will find oddly shaped areas that divide cities, and in some cases span several counties with urban, rural and suburban populations.

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There are a lot of reasons why the U.S. Congress finds itself hamstrung in Washington and discounted by the people it serves at home. But in the end, the demons Congress has to fight are its own. If it is to return to relevance, effectiveness, and higher standing in public opinion, the paths…

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In a recent column, I talked about the evolving state of recycling in this country, due in no small part to the depressing reality that China is no longer able to take any more of America’s garbage. In today’s column, I will share two uplifting ideas that offer great hope for saving the Eart…

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When you think of New York City, what comes to mind? The Statue of Liberty? Broadway musicals? Or perhaps that nicely designed “I Love New York” logo with a big red heart in place of the word “love.”

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Earth Day was born 49 years ago on April 22 when millions of people worldwide gathered in the streets to draw attention to the decades upon decades of practices that resulted in polluting our planet.