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Editorial: What we learned from Trump’s visit to Toledo

President Donald Trump complained to the thousands of supporters who turned out for Thursday night’s campaign rally in Toledo that, once again, he has been overlooked for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Wednesday 01/15/2020
Editorial: What we learned from Trump’s visit to Toledo

President Donald Trump complained to the thousands of supporters who turned out for Thursday night’s campaign rally in Toledo that, once again, he has been overlooked for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted: January 15, 2020
Thursday 01/09/2020
Lies, lies, and more lies

As a former school superintendent, one of my most important, difficult, and frustrating responsibilities was trying to stay abreast of state and federal laws governing education. It was during this time that I had my eyes opened to how politics at the state and federal level really works. Suffice it to say that what I learned was disturbing.

Posted: January 09, 2020
Wednesday 01/08/2020
Teaching is a job unlike any other

I’ve waited tables, delivered pizzas, unloaded semi-trucks, and spent over a decade in small-town retail. I’ve written for daily newspapers, I’ve been a boat crewman, I’ve stood radio watch, I’ve shot weddings and senior pictures.

Posted: January 08, 2020
Tuesday 12/24/2019
‘We have no answers’ — Michigan woman seeks justice for murdered daughter

I’m the type of airplane traveler who will make some polite chit chat, and that’s about it.

Posted: December 24, 2019
Life is a lot like curling

This weekend, young curlers from five states will gather at the Black Swamp Curling Center for the Great Lakes Curling Association’s Under-18 Regional Championships. It’s one of the purest displays of individual skill and trusting teamwork you’ll ever see.

Posted: December 24, 2019
Wednesday 12/11/2019
The tale of Hurtgenwald is no fairytale

Seventy-five years ago this week, the longest battle in the history of the United States Army ground to a close. It was preceded by the afterglow of the Normandy operations; it was followed by the climactic struggle of the Battle of the Bulge. Lost in the middle was this awful fight, in which at least six Wood Countians died.

Posted: December 11, 2019
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

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