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Bill Maher and I are twins separated at birth (and a few years). In fact, we are so incredibly alike, I may demand a blood test! The left-leaning, cultural commentator and political wit thinks like me and I suspect by the enthusiasm of his audience there are others who might want a sample of…

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I was talking with a friend the other day about immigration. It’s one of the most divisive issues of our time, and we, too, found ourselves divided. “Our country is full,” he quoted President Trump, who said this back in April. Let’s improve the country with the people we already have, my fr…

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The downtown streets of Chagrin Falls are more crowded this week as the Chagrin Valley welcomes filmmakers and film fans to the annual Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. This is the 10th year for the fest started by Mary Ann Ponce in memory of her son, David, a documentary filmmaker who died…

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We are noticing increased traffic on the secondary streets of Solon. We suspect that drivers are avoiding the main thoroughfares of SOM, Aurora and even Solon roads that have been under construction this summer.

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Candidate budgets for school board races generally are modest. Two-term Orange Board of Education member Melanie Weltman of Pepper Pike spent between $3,000 and $4,000 in her first campaign mostly for mailings, yard signs and a newspaper ad. She pretty much has self-funded her campaigns and …

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That sweet smelling mist coming from electronic cigarettes seems harmless. After all, it’s just flavored steam. The reality is that this vapor could be extremely harmful, especially to children.

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A wave of protests is roiling Moscow. Millions of people, young and old, have been crowding the streets in Hong Kong. If democracy is on the ropes worldwide, as many voices currently insist, you’d have a hard time making the case from these headlines. 

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Starting Monday, residents across the Chagrin Valley are being asked to show their support for local police, fire and medical rescue workers by lighting up their porches and windows. It’s a way to say, “We salute our first responders.”

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The playground at River Road Park in Bainbridge is finally safe. Bainbridge Township Trustees late last week visited the park off Chagrin River Road to survey the playground and wisely decided that the hazardous equipment had to immediately come down.

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Sometimes, you wonder if the world is doomed to descend into autocracy. Certainly, that’s what the coverage of the past few years suggests. We read about the nations that are already there, like China and Russia, of course, and Saudi Arabia and Iran. Or about countries like Hungary, Turkey a…

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Sitting in traffic on Chagrin Boulevard last week, I found myself staring at the rear end of a Chevy SUV. Its nameplate said “Tahoe,” which is a year-round, outdoorsy multi-recreation spot on a mountain in California just across the Nevada state line.

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Democracy’s premise is that ordinary citizens can make solid decisions on complex issues. But this basic principle and the structure of laws and practices erected over the centuries to safeguard it are being questioned as rarely before. 

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Pull into River Road Park in Bainbridge and you’ll see sports fields, a scoreboard, a pavilion, ample parking, a 1-mile walking trail and a playground. All these amenities look inviting to leisure seekers, except the area for the very youngest. The playground for children at River Road Park …

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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.