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You no doubt remember the old line attributed to Ben Franklin when he was asked what kind of government the Constitutional Convention had created. “A republic, if you can keep it.” Well, I’ve noticed an interesting thing in recent years: it has bipartisan appeal.

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Live, work, play in one convenient area. That’s mixed use in a nutshell. And mixed use is a phrase that is becoming more common as developers, investors and municipal leaders look to the future of communities.

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Have you seen that television ad showing the elegantly dressed older woman gently dabbing a little foundation on her perfect cheekbones as she muses, “They say after a certain age you no longer care about your appearance. I wonder what that age is.”

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Individuals in this country should feel free to openly express their views without fear of being dragged into court. Although free speech is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, apprehension over voicing opinions appears to be increasing in this country.

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It’s not too late for a Men’s New Year’s Resolution: to show up in even greater numbers at this year’s Women’s March than ever before. Wherever they’re being held in Washington, D.C. or Anchorage, Alaska, let’s encourage men to march for gender equity and to transform manhood.

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Environmentalists agree that eliminating single-use plastic bags will be good for planet Earth. Plastic bags are inexpensive. And even though they are considered single-use, the bags often see new life as trash can liners, animal waste retrievers or containers for items stored at home.

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Not long ago, I was in a meeting to talk about a public policy issue. It was a little complex, and as we considered the various angles I began to think about what it would take to translate talk into change on the ground. I wasn’t analyzing the politics of it; I was focused on the types of p…

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Holiday stories handed down from generation to generation embrace the magic of the season. One of those true stories dates back 122 years when 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon sent a letter to the New York Post asking about Santa Claus, known for delivering toys and good cheer on Christmas. Virg…

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My God, they put Jesus and his parents in cages, as though that’s what U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents would do – you know, keep the spirit of love and compassion from entering the United States of America.

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To me, it was a thunderclap. Years ago, when I was in Congress, we were in the midst of a tense, contentious debate. Members had gotten irritated, levying charges back and forth, and tempers were rising. Then one member stood up, asked for our attention, and said to us, “Let’s remember: trus…

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Social media and the internet force us all to update the way we think about giving. I urge Ohioans to be generous with their pocketbook — and with their time in checking out those seeking donations during the holiday season.

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Woodmere Village Council members have made it clear that they are concerned about an efficiently run government, with attention to fiscal responsibility. That’s good for residents who pay for the operation of the village through their tax dollars.

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Arbordale Avenue residents are fed up. Homeowners filled Solon City Council chambers earlier this week to complain about the $1.83 million road project with no end in sight.

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Last week, my father-in-law came to visit for a few hours. He and my mother-in-law live relatively close, and one or both of them come to visit their young grandchildren a couple of times a month. It is a highlight when “Pops!” or “Mimi!” come to the house. They play games, read books, eat l…

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Using credit cards for holiday spending is neither good nor bad. Buying with credit cards can enable you to take advantage of sales and manage your cash. The danger is that it is very easy to overextend yourself and get into more debt than you can afford to repay. Learning how credit card re…

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How much will you be spending this holiday season? According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the average consumer spends $1,047 during the holidays. Ohioans’ budgets are a little bit less than that.

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Representative democracy is based on a simple premise. It’s that ordinary citizens can make satisfactory judgments on complex public policy and political issues — or at least grasp them well enough to decide who should be dealing with them.

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A blast from the past? Ah, yes. That familiar sight is an early punch of wintry weather. (The official start of winter isn’t until Dec. 21.) The first major snowfall in Northeast Ohio was enough to chill us all to the bone.

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As the fall breezes turn into brisk winter winds, we are reminded that people across Northeast Ohio need our help. In 2018, 23,000 adults and children experienced homelessness in Cuyahoga County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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I was just resting my eyes on the cusp of sleep when the first cold gust of winter blew the door open and in came another blowhard. It was the town complainer, queen of the non sequitur and guru of conspiracy theorists everywhere. Her name, if you have not guessed by now, is Ms. Demeanor, ak…

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I can’t stop looking at the photo in the Happy Trails newsletter. To most I’m sure it’s just a nice picture of a little girl on a pony, relaxed, her bare feet dangling below the pony’s ample girth, no saddle needed, as the two enjoy a leisurely walk across a lush green field. But to me, this…

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One of the not-so-small gifts of living in a representative democracy is that you can’t accomplish things alone. Whether you’re trying to get a stop sign put up on a dangerous corner or to change U.S. policy on greenhouse gas emissions, you have to reach out to others. And learning how to pe…

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A police officer on security detail spotted an elderly man walking into the grocery store wearing a ball cap with a military insignia. “Excuse me sir, were you in the Army?” the officer asked.

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That old saying, “you can’t live with ’em and you can’t live without ’em” could definitely be referring to cars. The frustrating realities of car ownership are nothing new, but two of my recent care experiences were indeed new to me.

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This Tuesday, registered voters across the state need to answer a call. That call comes from the polling stations in Cuyahoga, Geauga and all the other 86 counties in Ohio. The call is to cast votes.

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“I ask how and why this decision was reached,” U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said to the Senate recently. He was calling for an investigation into President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. forces out of Syria. “Was there no chance for diplomacy? Are we so weak and so inept diplomatical…

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Who will blink first? The zoning battle between the Village of Hunting Valley and Roundwood Manor owner Sylvia Korey rages on.

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It’s good to see that the Bainbridge community is working together to build a new playground at River Road Park. The playground was leveled this past summer because years of wear and tear had taken its toll on the playground, deemed a hazard by township officials.