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    There's much to be grateful and fight for this Thanksgiving

    The year was 1942. World War II was raging around the globe. As Thanksgiving was approaching that November, the United States was experiencing food and supplies rationing, restrictions on travel, and empty chairs at dining room tables across the country where loved ones were missing, fighting farawa...

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    Physically distant, not socially isolated

    Originally published in the Highland County Press. In June, nearly half of American adults reported struggling with mental health or substance use, according to a CDC survey. Even before the global coronavirus pandemic, suicide rates in the U.S. had already skyrocketed to their highest levels since ...

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    Working together toward safer neighborhoods

    Originally published in the Cincinnati Enquirer. On Aug. 16, in the span of 24 hours, 21 people were shot in seven separate incidents from Over-the-Rhine to the West End. Four people lost their lives. This is just the latest in the violence that is spiking across our city. The Enquirer reports that ...

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    One doctor's thoughts on a hopeful future

    Originally published in The Hill. Before the polio vaccine was developed in the 1950s, Americans across the country feared the effects of the crippling and often-deadly disease. No one was immune. Thousands of children, adults, and even an American president suffered from the impacts of polio. When ...

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    On this day, we must remember what unites us

    The country we call the United States of America today was once an act of bold imagination. When our Founding Fathers put ink to parchment and penned the words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident…,” there was no blueprint for them to follow. When the Second Continental Congress ratified the f...

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    Diversifying Supply Chains Is a National Security Priority

    Originally published in RealClear Defense. At this point, it is no secret that COVID-19 has underscored our nation's supply chains' fragility and highlighted the security risks posed by an over-reliance on nations that serve as our greatest strategic competitors. This is also not a revelation: In Ju...

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    For Flag Day, let's live up to our republic's values

    The American flag was born amid a revolution. It was stitched together by the fingers of Philadelphian seamstress Betsy Ross, legend has it, and confirmed by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, as the colonies were still besieged by British forces in the struggle for autonomy and self-...

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    For some vets, ultimate sacrifice comes later

    Originally published in the Cincinnati Enquirer on May 25, 2020. It was his smile. Almost everyone who knew him would mention it. It was one of those infectious, light-up-a-room smiles that people remember long after he had walked away. Sergeant Brent “Hoss” Allen Hendrix had a presence about him – ...

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    Why Accountability at the WHO Matters

    Originally published in the People's Defender. On Tuesday night, President Trump announced that the U.S. is pausing funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) while a review is conducted of the organization's response to the coronavirus outbreak. Earlier this month, the Senate Foreign Relations...

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