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A Sunshine Boy and the Golden Girl

Mar 10, 2021

By Don Mohler With apologies to Dr. Theodore Geisel: They screamed and they shouted and jumped up and down. “If they cancel our culture, we’ll wear a big frown.” But Joe didn’t hear. He showed up every day. And we smiled when he said, “Yes, your help’s on the way!” President Joe Biden’s approval rating…

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Beneath the Glitz Hope Still Abounds

Feb 26, 2021

This edition features guest commentary. By Jeff Mohler Buffalo wings, nachos, commercials, pregame festivities, halftime shows, and a battle between the two best football teams on the planet. Is there any more entertaining and unifying sporting event than the Super Bowl?  Sure, the festivities looked and felt a little different this year.  And yes, the…

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The Gospel According to Blutarsky with a Dose of HR 1

Feb 6, 2021

By Don Mohler Who doesn’t love classic cinema?  There’s Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Shawshank Redemption, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Schindler’s List, The Godfather (#2 of course), Sophie’s Choice, and without a doubt, Animal House (that groan you hear coming from the other room is my wife). Come on now, be honest. You know that…

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Did We Learn Anything?

Jan 17, 2021

By Don Mohler We are almost there. At 12:01 P.M. on January 20, Joseph R. Biden will become the 46th president of the United States. Donald Trump, and the members of his crime family, will no longer haunt the grounds of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Like millions of Americans, I say good riddance. With that historic…

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This Is Exactly Who We Are

Jan 7, 2021

By Don Mohler Note: Before the ink was dry on this reflection, a group of terrorists, incited by the President of the United States, stormed the United States Capitol in an attempt to overthrow an American election. Given the rhetoric of the Commander in Chief since the day he was elected, this was inevitable. What…

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A Candle Cake

Dec 31, 2020

By Don Mohler Every year my wife organizes family photos at the end of the month so that come January 1 she may simply update them with holiday memories, hit send, and wait for the arrival of this year’s edition of “Life in the Ville” to be returned from the publisher. My contribution to this…

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But He Knows Us

Dec 20, 2020

By Don Mohler Note: With one month to go until the inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden, today we revisit where it all began. This article was originally published on March 4, 2020. On February 11, 2020 Joe Biden didn’t even stick around for the results to come on the day of the New Hampshire…

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

Nov 27, 2020

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…

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First Impressions Are Often Wrong, But What the Heck

Nov 7, 2020

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…

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