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Earlier this week I traveled to central Illinois to speak at a memorial service at Eureka College, my dad’s alma mater, on the 15th anniversary of his death.

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Pete is four, and his older brother is turning 16. In Pete’s world, running as fast as you can is good, and in Jude’s world, running as fast as you can is great. You see, Jude is a cross-country guy, and Pete is a cross the living room, through-the-dining-room, into-the bedroom- and back to …

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Each year I write a Thoughts at Large article. This is my third installment in the series, where I share all the thoughts currently circling my brain. Enjoy.

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How many times have you heard someone say, “It’s my life, I’ll do what I want, my choices are mine to make”?

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If you add all the Americans who take Xanax to all the Americans who drink beer, and all the Americans who use cocaine, and all the Americans who smoke meth, and all the Americans who use heroin, and all the Americans who use prescription pain killers, it’s a wonder anything ever gets done a…

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“A battle for the soul of the country.” That is how Joe Biden described the 2020 election. And he’s right. If Donald Trump is reelected, it will say something profound about the American character.

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There are many people who find fault in the most acclaimed achievers. Look around in most media and social circles and you’ll find a host of criticisms directed toward people who are trying to do good for humanity.

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Last Sunday, the state's 14th District congressman, Guy Reschenthaler, emailed a request for money to fight the "liberal ... socialist" agenda of the Democrats.

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Every generation believes that the preceding one is out of touch in some manner, that they just don’t get it. With time marching on, each generation sees changes in music, lingo, clothing, hairstyles, technology, and resistance, adaptation and adoption of these things.

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From a mezzanine seat at the University of Pittsburgh's basketball arena, I had a bird's eye view of hundreds of student-fans from Butler High School, there to root their school team to victory.

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Years ago I was asked how come I never seem to have any real highs or lows in my life. Their question was in reference to my Christian lifestyle and outlook.

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When I drive through small towns, I’m often struck with a reality that has enveloped a large part of our population and our country’s geography: stagnation caused by the lack of creative thinking. We were the Industrial Revolution, and now much of what is left is the remnants of that time.

DEATH NOTICES

BENYI - Samuel A., 70 of Clarksville, May 25.

FORDYCE - Charlotta L. Polen, 90, of Waynesburg, June 3.

MORRIS - Anita “Fran," 91, of Waynesburg, June 5.

NIXON - Mary Bell (Sim), 81, of Jefferson, June 8.

WILLIAMSON - T. Edward, 99, of Waynesburg, June 4.

Full obituaries can be purchased and placed through the Regional Obit Center, 800-222-6397.

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