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The President and CEO of Mohler Communication Strategies Don Mohler recently completed his term as Baltimore County Executive, serving as the Chief Executive of the third largest county in Maryland, a county that is larger than four states, representing over 830,000 residents, 21,000 businesses with a $3.15 billion operating and $700 million capital budget. Don spent his entire career in public service.  He began as a respected teacher, principal and central office administrator, including the responsibility of Assistant Superintendent for Communications and Community Outreach. Don served as a key advisor to four superintendents. Using the skills and lessons learned in the public education arena, Don then served as Communications Director and Chief of Staff to Baltimore County Executives Jim Smith and Kevin Kamenetz. He provided operational assistance by managing special projects and public events, reporting directly to the Baltimore County Executive, while managing access to the Executive. Don managed the organization’s internal and external communications, with an expertise in the area of crisis communication.

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This is Not Normal, But We Might Agree on More Than You Think

By Don Mohler | November 27, 2020 | Comments Off on This is Not Normal, But We Might Agree on More Than You Think

By Don Mohler In November 2010, Baltimore County Councilman Kevin Kamenetz was elected as the 12th Executive in County history. There was only one month until he would be sworn into office. And while serving as Baltimore County Executive is certainly not analogous to being elected President of the United States, the County is larger…

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, But What the Heck

By Don Mohler | November 7, 2020 | Comments Off on First Impressions Are Often Wrong, But What the Heck

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, But What the Heck By Don Mohler Evil was indeed vanquished, but like everyone else in the nation, I am exhausted. Exhausted from staring at a television for the past four days, waiting to see the magical number 270 flash on the screen. Exhausted from reading conspiracy-laden tweets that appear…

Take Your Feet Off Our Necks

By Don Mohler | October 12, 2020 | Comments Off on Take Your Feet Off Our Necks

By Jennifer Lynch, Ph.D. The vice-presidential debates ignited a firestorm of tweets, social media posts, op-eds, blogs, and memes.  While the fly took center stage, Mike Pence’s condescending mansplaining interruptions was a close second.  Around the nation, women were outraged at his behavior. The Vice President hit a chromosomal nerve that is always exposed, throbbing…

Stop Playing Croquet

By Don Mohler | September 23, 2020 | Comments Off on Stop Playing Croquet

By Don Mohler This was supposed to be a blog about hope. It was supposed to shine a light on all that is good about our nation despite our current divisions. And then Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg left us. The outline that I had been carrying around in my head no longer seemed relevant. It…

It Didn’t Work Then. It Won’t Work Now.

By Don Mohler | August 16, 2020 | Comments Off on It Didn’t Work Then. It Won’t Work Now.

By Don Mohler Our democracy and our values as a nation are under attack. That is not hyperbole. It is a fact. The President of the United States doesn’t even bother to hide his attempts to divide the nation and disrupt the electoral process anymore. Nope. He does it right in front of us on…

An Offer He Couldn’t Refuse

By Don Mohler | July 12, 2020 | Comments Off on An Offer He Couldn’t Refuse

By Don Mohler July 27, 1979 in comic strips all across America, Charlie Brown lay gravely ill in his hospital bed. The situation is so grim that Charlie’s long-time nemesis Lucille van Pelt looks to the heavens and makes that proverbial deal with the Creator: God, if you will let Charlie get well, I promise…

Dads Come In All Shapes and Sizes

By Don Mohler | June 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Dads Come In All Shapes and Sizes

By Don Mohler Note: This blog was originally published on June 15, 2019.  “Thanks mom.”  Yep, that’s right. Thanks mom. I know it’s Father’s Day, but sorry dads. No matter how many games of catch you played, no matter how many fishing lines you untangled, or how many tears you wiped away with ice cream,…

Does Empathy Still Matter?

By Don Mohler | May 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Does Empathy Still Matter?

By Don Mohler In less than six months, voters in the United States of America will decide the future of our nation. And make no mistake, the verdict will tell us quite a bit about who we are and where we are heading as a country. And here’s the bad news: it’s going to be…

No Pomp. No Circumstance. But Lots of Hope.

By Don Mohler | April 18, 2020 | Comments Off on No Pomp. No Circumstance. But Lots of Hope.

Note: Dr. Jennifer Lynch stopped by the Front Porch to share the following letter she wrote to her daughter who is scheduled to graduate from high school later this spring.  By Jennifer Lynch, Ph.D. Dear Ellie, Unfortunately, you and your friends will not get to decorate the tops of your graduation caps. You won’t have…

We Can’t Even Agree on a Virus. Why Are We Surprised?

By Don Mohler | March 30, 2020 | Comments Off on We Can’t Even Agree on a Virus. Why Are We Surprised?

So fighting a worldwide pandemic has now become just another partisan issue to be debated endlessly on cable news. Science used to matter. Today? Not so much. Are you on Team Fauci or Team Trump? In time of a national crisis, unfortunately we pick our mascots and head to the battlefield But these disagreements are…

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