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I’ve been struck recently by news coverage of humans’ degradation of the planet. Two opposing themes keep appearing. One is the sense that, as individuals, there’s little we can do; the forces are too large. The other – and many Americans would agree with this – is that as citizens of the pl…

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They draw you into a thought. They catch your eye with an illustration. They use a few well-chosen words to convey an opinion or to pose a question about a community or national concern. You may laugh, you may smirk, you may shake your head, you may agree, you may disagree or you may feel outrage.

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine made a wise decision when he vetoed a last-minute amendment to the state biennium budget bill that would have significantly lowered school property taxes in Hunting Valley, one of the wealthiest communities in Ohio, and slashed millions of operating dollars from the Ora…

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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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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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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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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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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.

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The Operation Varsity Blues federal investigation into university admissions cheating that resulted in more than 48 indictments, including well-known actors and billionaires, is drawing crowds outside courthouses in Los Angeles and Boston – far away from Northeast Ohio. But there is an impor…

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Several farms tucked along remote side roads of Geauga County today are quietly fostering neglected or abused horses back to health.

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Not a day goes by where officials in public schools across Ohio don’t worry about paying the bills. Teachers, administrators, support staff, classroom materials, building maintenance, computers, buses, heat, water, electricity all are needed to make schools run.

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“At some point, we need closure,” former Solon Councilman John T. Scott’s comment regarding the matter of a rail-to-trail conversion might have appeared to hit the nail on the head to his fellow obstructionists. But his hammer most likely was aimed at the knuckles of Mayor Edward H. Kraus, c…

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Parking. That’s what is on the minds of so many restaurant and shop owners in the Village of Chagrin Falls. This has been a hot topic for decades.

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Geauga Park District Commissioner Howard Bates recently suggested that the board be expanded from three members to five.