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    Trade agreement would create jobs, support farmers

    *Originally published in the Columbus Dispatch After years of stagnation and slow recovery, our economy is roaring. The unemployment rate is at a 50-year low, average wages are rising and Americans are keeping more money in their pockets thanks to tax relief. But this economic momentum for American ...

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    Why Venezuela’s Crisis Matters -- to Us Here in the U.S.

    *Originally published in the Cincinnati Enquirer Last month, at least 46 protestors were injured during clashes with security forces in Venezuela, following a call by Juan Guaidó for the people to rise up and the military to revolt against socialist Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. This confront...

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    4 Lessons I Learned from My Dad

    *Originally published in the Cincinnati Enquirer My father, Jack Wenstrup, passed away this year on May 3, 2019. When someone you love leaves this earth, there's a hole in the fabric of your life that never quite gets patched over. Even as new memories are woven, there is still that ache of somethin...

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    Those Who Lay Down Their Lives

    The natural human instinct is to run away from danger. That panicky, heart-pounding urge to turn tail and flee is often good — it's part of our self-preservation and survival. But there's something special about the individuals who push that aside and choose to face danger head-on. I think about the...

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    Got your six: Honoring the men and women who have our back

    Originally published in the Washington Examiner. The saying "got your six" dates back to World War I, when fighter pilots would use "twelve o’clock" to indicate the front of their airplane and "six o’clock" to reference the rear of the aircraft. As a pilot heading into a brutal air battle, the six o...

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    Each of Us Can Choose the Legacy We Leave

    Originally published in the Cincinnati Enquirer. On Feb. 2, in Clermont County, two police officers came under fire when responding to a call that was believed to be an attempted suicide. Instead, it turned out to be an ambush. The gunman lured Lt. Nick DeRose and Detective Bill Brewer into his home...

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    Contemporary Proposals Call for New Looks at Socialism

    Originally published in the Columbus Dispatch. Our Founders George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin were ideologues who didn’t always agree. These revolutionary thinkers were the authors and influencers of the most significant documents in our nat...

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    Earn This

    Decades have passed. Now, Private First Class James Francis Ryan, played by Matt Damon, is feeble and his hair is gray. It has been many years since the Normandy invasion, when a dying Captain John H. Miller, played by Tom Hanks, charged Private Ryan with: “Earn this…Earn it!” Now, standing before t...

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