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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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The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

By Don Mohler | January 28, 2020 | Comments Off on The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

By Don Mohler Let’s be crystal clear: the final verdict on Donald J. Trump will not be delivered until November 3, 2020. There will be no real trial and no conviction in the Senate. Democrats would be better served to focus on getting out the vote, putting an end to their own childlike bickering, and…

Dear Santa – We Need to Talk

By Don Mohler | December 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Dear Santa – We Need to Talk

By Don Mohler   Dear Santa, Okay Big Guy step away from the work bench and give the elves 15 minutes to grab a hot chocolate.  We need to talk. Sure we’ve made eye contact a few times over the past 40 years when you’ve listened intently to my children and grandchildren with wonder in…

Traditions

By Don Mohler | November 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Traditions

At this special time of the year, I am pleased to welcome a well-known keynote speaker, behavioral transformation consultant, communications accelerator and a licensed mental health counselor as guest contributor to the Front Porch. This outstanding professional happens to be my sister from Jacksonville, Florida. I hope she will stop by on a regular basis.…

It’s Time to Rethink the Impact of Technology on Our Communities

By Don Mohler | November 9, 2019 | Comments Off on It’s Time to Rethink the Impact of Technology on Our Communities

By Jennifer Lynch, Ph.D. I was born and raised in a small town.  My grandparents and their friends helped build my community. Their children and their children’s children have all called this place home. But it is more than my home.  It is my storybook, my fairy tale. When I was young, I didn’t know…

Ellen Got It Right

By Don Mohler | October 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Ellen Got It Right

By Don Mohler We should be able to sit at a baseball game and enjoy a beer and a brat with a friend, even if that friend’s political beliefs aren’t exactly our cup of tea. It shouldn’t take an Ellen DeGeneres therapy session on decency to remind of us of that. But it did. You…

It’s Simple: We Just Have Too Many Guns

By Don Mohler | September 3, 2019 | Comments Off on It’s Simple: We Just Have Too Many Guns

By Don Mohler “Oh my god, there’s been another one.” That is how the conversation began at our annual family Labor Day gathering over the weekend along the Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Maryland. Sadly, no one had to ask what “another one” meant. In America 2019 everyone knew that somewhere, somehow there had been another…

Dear Democrats – The Jets Beat the Colts in 1969: Don’t Blow This

By Don Mohler | July 28, 2019 | Comments Off on Dear Democrats – The Jets Beat the Colts in 1969: Don’t Blow This

By Don Mohler Dear Democrats, Donald Trump can’t possibly win. Can he? Let’s journey back to January 12, 1969. As sad as it might sound, I still bear the wounds from that awful day. You see on that date in history in Super Bowl III a team from the upstart American Football League, the New…

Fireflies

By Don Mohler | July 9, 2019 | Comments Off on Fireflies

This essay was originally published in the Sun several years ago.  Because we need some childhood magic now more than ever, I hope you will enjoy. By Jennifer Lynch, Ph.D. When I was young, I loved the 4th of July. The 4th seems to mark that time in the summer when certain smells and memories…

Dads Come In All Shapes and Sizes

By Don Mohler | June 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Dads Come In All Shapes and Sizes

By Don Mohler   “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, when the big moment arrives, the first words out…

Can We Please Turn It Down A Notch?

By Don Mohler | June 1, 2019 | Comments Off on Can We Please Turn It Down A Notch?

By Don Mohler Do we always have to be so damn angry? The answer to that question will go a long way toward determining what kind of legacy we leave for our children. And quite frankly, right now, the optimist in me (and I’m a pretty optimistic guy) is not very optimistic. Our anger is…

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