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U.S. Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana sent a letter to fellow Republicans on June 24 stating: “As Republicans, we reject the racial essentialism that critical race theory teaches … that our institutions are racist and need to be destroyed from the ground up.”

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Finding a workable funding formula for the education of children preschool through high school in Ohio has long been a challenge. Since the Ohio Supreme Court decision more than two decades ago found the system based on property tax unconstitutional, educators and lawmakers have been trying …

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I have a photo of my daughter, my son and my nephew wearing colorful and highly decorated sombreros in a hotel gift shop in Mexico. They’re now all in their 20s. When I took the photo, they were teens and we were on vacation.

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We are always thrilled and never surprised when residents across the Chagrin Valley show their compassionate community spirit.

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Geauga Park District commissioners have been talking about cutting financial ties with the county for months. This week they made it official. District commissioners changed the bylaws, designated a deposit bank and hired a fiscal officer/treasurer effective July 1.

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Just as there’s a lot of sketchy anti-vaxxer propaganda, there are also a lot of flawed attacks upon lockdowns.  But just as lockdowns did shut down the skyrocketing death rates, new economic data reveals that those states that implemented such measures designed to save lives also did a bett…

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Most of us will remember the moment when we felt like we were starting to emerge from the pandemic. Maybe, when you dropped your dog at the kennel for the first time in over a year, you realized the significance of a weekend getaway. Maybe you went to a store and bought pants.

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How should history be viewed? A group of professional organizations this week explained the importance of freely teaching and learning from past events as state lawmakers nationwide present proposals for restrictive legislation. Studying and debating events is part of the learning process. T…

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Alzheimer’s Disease inflicts a truly terrible toll on people. Today, roughly six million Americans and their families are coping with the confusion and memory loss brought on by this irreversible illness. The number of sufferers in the U.S. is expected to swell to around 14 million by the mi…

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Ohio lawmakers have less than a month to finalize the next biennial spending plan estimated at $75 billion. Already there are deep concerns about the budget meeting the needs of Ohioans.

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During my four decades in the newspaper business, I was privileged to know many devoted political leaders. The majority of those years were spent in Geauga County and the Chagrin Valley, where most of those leaders tend to be Republicans.

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As of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Ohio dropped most of its health restrictions initially put in place to protect residents from the coronavirus. After roughly 15 months, the state and much of the country are beginning the journey back to normalcy.

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Memorial Day weekend will be different this year. Like 2020, there will be no Blossom Time leading up to the holiday. But there will be a number of services and observances where citizens are invited to gather.

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We Americans have long prided ourselves on offering a safe haven to people seeking refuge from conflict and repression. The theme is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

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Memorial Day 1993 was one of the most memorable days of my life. I truly wish that this Memorial Day could be one of the most memorable days in the life of U.S. Marine Corps veteran and 2003 Chagrin Falls High School graduate Michael McClurg.

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Blossom Time – the beloved annual celebration in Chagrin Falls – has been called off once again. This is the second consecutive year area residents will not be able to enjoy the fest.

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State Rep. Diane Grendell is working on a bill that would prohibit the “teaching or advocating divisive concepts” on race, color, nationality or sex.

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For years, I have been sounding the alarm about chronic federal deficit spending – practiced by both Republicans and Democrats – steering our country into a fiscal abyss. I feel like a broken record as I periodically chronicle the folly of it all. The process has taken on a sense of inevitab…

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A $51 million office building under construction for Geauga County departments brings promise of open space and all the modern conveniences allowing employees to better serve residents.