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Commitment to freedom spans the world

They ranged in age from young adults to their mid-90s, and came from all corners of the Netherlands to a cemetery at the edge of the small town of Margraten about a week and a half ago. There, they sat down with a handful of American high schoolers to share stories of men they’d never met.

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Wednesday 11/27/2019
Commitment to freedom spans the world

They ranged in age from young adults to their mid-90s, and came from all corners of the Netherlands to a cemetery at the edge of the small town of Margraten about a week and a half ago. There, they sat down with a handful of American high schoolers to share stories of men they’d never met.

Posted: November 27, 2019
Wednesday 11/13/2019
Hope springs eternal — or does it?

Eleanor Boyle was born days after the First Battle of the Marne, and she died the day the Cold War shuddered to a halt, 30 years ago this week. Her lifetime personally encompassed the entire geopolitical arc of the 20th Century.

Posted: November 13, 2019
Wednesday 10/30/2019
BG schools: status quo is unacceptable

When I was in my 20s, I thought I was pretty smart. But if I’ve learned anything as I’ve grown older, it’s that I know less every day. The recent debates over the Bowling Green City Schools tax issue are reminding me that there’s a lot I don’t know.

Posted: October 30, 2019
Tuesday 10/15/2019
Penny war: BG-Otsego rivalry benefits Veterans Memorial

The story’s pretty well known. Frederic Bartholdi designed the Statue of Liberty as a gift from the French people to the United States right around the time of the American centennial.

Posted: October 15, 2019
Wednesday 10/02/2019
Let’s revisit conservative, liberal definitions

Everyone’s got an opinion on what’s wrong with American politics today. Talk radio’s to blame, or maybe the internet. Definitely, the other guy is to blame, every time. But what if the problem is that we just don’t know much anymore?

Posted: October 02, 2019
Tuesday 09/17/2019
A last handshake with Gramps

I’ve shaken hands with admirals, governors, a vice president of the United States, professional athletes. Once, I shook Captain America’s hand. But far and away the single most impressive handshake I ever was part of was with a retired letter carrier.

Posted: September 17, 2019
Thursday 09/05/2019
Duffy was delivered from evil so many times, and then …

I’ve been reading a bunch of old newspapers recently, and in a Feb. 7, 1942 edition I came across a page three story: “Former Toledo Priest Wounded.” By the second paragraph, my attention was captured.

Posted: September 05, 2019
Wednesday 08/21/2019
Celebrate this life and every season

I’ve been mourning the end of summer for the past couple of weeks as I’ve prepared for the school year that started this week — a mix of melancholy for the good times that have come to an end, and excitement for this new school year.

Posted: August 21, 2019
Wednesday 08/07/2019
Stripped and starved: A county man’s Civil War story

Just a mile down Jerry City Road from Elmwood High School is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cemetery, nestled off a soft bend in the Portage River.

Posted: August 07, 2019
Thursday 07/25/2019
There’s more to Normandy — try hedgerows

Nearly two months ago, the world’s eyes turned to the west coast of France for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in World War II. Many believe that single day was the battle of Normandy, that by June 7, 1944 the beachhead was secure and the war all but won.

Posted: July 25, 2019
Wednesday 06/26/2019
Reviving the American dream of home ownership

June is National Homeownership Month. Homeownership provides many social and economic benefits, not just for the homeowner, but for the communities in which they live. One aspect of the American dream is to own a home.

Posted: June 26, 2019
Jacob Riis: a “crank” for pricking the nation’s conscience

A new exhibit at the Wood County Historical Museum is worth a visit. But be warned; you may shed some tears.

Posted: June 26, 2019
Go ahead, scare yourself

“Just move an E-minor down to the sixth fret,” Jean said to me, because God as my witness, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as an A-sharp, much less how to form it.

Posted: June 26, 2019
Wednesday 06/12/2019
Everyone should feel farmers’ pain

Ten days ago, 3 inches of rain poured from the skies over Wood County, and “that clinched it,” said Jim Bostdorff.

Posted: June 12, 2019
Wednesday 05/29/2019
We’re all fans of America

I love Cleveland sports, probably to a degree that isn’t entirely healthy. And when I meet another person who loves Cleveland sports, I embrace them.

Posted: May 29, 2019

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