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Is Parma Ready For An Arts District?

Former Rite Aid drugstore building that has remained empty for many years now, right in the middle of the busiest intersection in Parma, on the very spot where Parma itself was born. Many people, including myself, feel that this building, overlooking the entire neighborhood, would be the perfect place for a brand new Arts District to be born now. 

Most people are probably aware of how cities have used Arts districts as re-development tools to breathe new life into local spaces, re-imagine areas that lag in foot traffic, and ultimately attract attention. Many may also be aware that Arts districts enhance the quality of life, and a community can successfully create an atmosphere of creative culture that will ultimately attract new businesses, visitors and new residents. Fortunately, we don't have to look very far from Parma to see neighborhoods that have enjoyed success by fostering the Arts in their communities. Gordon Square Arts District has been recognized nationally among other things for their innovative approach of combining the resources of 3 non-profits in order to accelerate the development of the entire neighborhood. It's quite a gem now, but I can tell you that 35 years ago when I worked in the rent-to-own industry and the West 65th and Detroit Ave. area was my territory, this was most definitely not the case, as this historic section of Cleveland had deteriorated tremendously. Houses were selling there for $10,000 cash in some instances. Not long ago, in a housing development not far from Gordon Square, their first $800,000 house was sold. This would not have occurred if the thriving Arts Community established there had not happened first. Tremont is but another example of how a distressed area over time thanks to the positive effects of an Arts Community can be transformed into a destination for investment and development, with people eager to live in the midst of the creative changes grown there. 

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Parma City Council Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Left to right- Jamie Vanek, Rick Vanek, Jim Vanek, Jean Paul

Mayor Tim DeGeeter signed a resolution recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a particularly touching moment for Ward 4 Councilwoman Kristin Saban, who sponsored the resolution. Saban lost her Aunt Kathy Samanich to breast cancer earlier this year. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, an estimated 42,170 women will die from breast cancer in the United States this year. One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. 

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PSO Plans Performances

During these difficult times the Parma Symphony is not performing in a live concert setting. They are preparing a virtual season until they can all perform again in a live venue. Their next virtual performance will broadcast on Cox Communication station 74 in collaboration with PACT-TV will be on December 6th at 3:00pm. It will feature members of the Parma Symphony Orchestra performing solos and small ensembles with Holiday Favorites and various classical pieces.

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News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

 From Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Greater Cleveland….Go here https://www.collabtoendht.org/resource-guide.html to download a copy of their Resource Guide listing available programs & service in Cuyahoga & surrounding counties.

O  From Cleveland Rape Crises Center:
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Interested in helping survivors of sexual abuse? Consider registering for one of their free, very popular, virtual Ambassador Training workshops being scheduled this month and next. Go here for details.

O  From The Literacy Cooperative:
      >>  If you haven’t yet, visit
https://www.literacycooperative.org/ to sign up your age B – 5 year old child to received their own free, age appropriate book mailed to him/her each month.
     

O  From Achievement Center for Children/Camp Cheerful….Thursday, Nov. 12th at noon is the kick-off of their 80th Anniversary Celebration virtual event commemorating 80 years of service to children & adults w/disabilities and their families. Subsequent unique, fun events are scheduled daily, culminating w/the main event on Sunday at 7:00 pm. Learn more, try your luck at Barnyard Bingo & register to participate in all the festivities at https://AchievementCenters.org/celebration.  

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City Of Parma And Vitalant Work Together To Foster Blood Donation

Vitalant and the City of Parma are partnering to host a virtual blood donation effort. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic blood donations nationwide have decreased and the national blood supply has reached critical levels at several points. Between the dates of Monday, November 30th and Sunday, December 13th Vitalant is encouraging all eligible blood donors to attend a mobile blood drive or fixed site donation center to donate blood on behalf of the City of Parma. All donors are asked to provide the group code “4834” during the pre-screening process at the time of donation so your donation will be counted in City of Parma drive.

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Free Gun Locks To Bolster Safety

As we all know, there is a problem in our nation with guns getting into the wrong hands. In fact, all too often we hear about children getting ahold of guns and preventable tragedies occurring – even in our own community. That is why I worked with Parma Law Director Timothy Dobeck and Ward Five Councilman Allan Divis to bring a free gun lock program to Parma a couple of years ago.

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The President's Corner

Parma City Council President Sean Brennan with artist Vic Savage and Graffti HeArt founder Stamy Paul.

It was a brisk Sunday afternoon in Parma on October 25, but that did not stop a group of about 50 Parma advocates from showing up, socially distanced and wearing masks, to witness the unveiling the newest piece of public art in Parma – the Welcome to Parma mural.

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The Crisis In Child Care

Most of my baby boom generation grew up in a double parent, single income family where the father went off to work and the mother stayed home to take care of the children. That was back in the 1950s and into the 1960s. It was a “Leave it to Beaver” type of family life as portrayed on numerous television shows of that era.

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Eat, Shop, Play - Pearl Road Businesses

Village Cards & Gifts

Small businesses have an uphill battle to flourish with the challenges in front of them. First, Covid and ongoing street projects. Pearl Road in Parma Heights is lined with shops that offer gifts you can't buy anywhere else. Explore storefront shops where merchants welcome you with “indie” finds and personalized service. An added benefit is not getting stampeded by a crowd of shoppers lunging for a $300 plasma TV.

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AARP Tax Aide Volunteers Needed

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is seeking volunteers to assist taxpayers in southwestern Cuyahoga County. We plan 2 tax preparation sites in Parma and additional sites in the neighboring cities of Middleburg Heights, Brook Park, Broadview Heights, North Royalton, and Strongsville. We also plan sites in Brooklyn,  Brooklyn Heights, and the Old Brooklyn and Puritas-Longmead neighborhoods of the city of Cleveland that are part of another Tax-Aide district. Volunteers do not have to be retired or members of AARP. 

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I Believe

“A new commandment I give you: Love one another as I have loved you.” Each of us is called to follow the example of Jesus. Beauty in our culture is in major transition. It is moving from an internal, invisible beauty, such as heart-felt concern, mannerly conduct, and spiritually directed, to a physical, visible, and external beauty, such as extreme body decorations, indiscreet dress, and arrogant presentation. This “beauty-battle” rages between self-centeredness and God-centeredness. Because of the culture, a small minority of us consider ourselves as beautiful or handsome. The large majority of us are considered plain, unattractive, or ugly. God views us all as being beautiful and handsome.

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Script Parma Picture Of The Month

This month's script Parma picture of the month was submitted by Mary Ford. The photo includes her neighbor Alexander Bearer upon his 2020 high school graduation.  Mary will receive a gift card courtesy of Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, as well as a free car wash courtesy of Sgt. Clean's Car Wash.  Pictures can be emailed for the monthly contest to Parma City Council President Sean Brennan at councilmanbrennan@msn.com. Be sure to include your name and address.

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Incarnate Word Academy Fourth Graders Learn From Ethan Holmes, CEO Of Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce, What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur!

At the young age of 15, Ethan Holmes, Shaker Heights native, decided to pursue an entrepreneurial dream. Along with the mentorship and skill set of his grandfather, he attempted to innovate an applesauce recipe and after implementing the design process along with a lot of persistence. Ethan is now the CEO of Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce! Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce can be found in stores all across Northeast Ohio! Teaching the students the core values of his company: quality, nutrition, social responsibility, customer service, teamwork and entrepreneurship, Ethan explained that being an entrepreneur is more than being a business person. The desire to innovate, solve a problem, and serve a need are all a component in the journey, one he says does not end once the product or service is launched. It is ongoing. 

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University Hospitals Named One Of The Word's Most Ethical Companies

University Hospitals has been recognized by Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2020 World’s Most Ethical Companies. This is the eighth year University Hospitals has received this recognition since 2012 and is one of only five honorees in the health care providers’ category. In 2020, 132 honorees were recognized spanning 21 countries and 51 industries. The award underscores an ongoing institutional commitment to lead with integrity and prioritize ethical business practices. “The 2020 World’s Most Ethical Companies award is a tribute to the integrity of our caregivers at University Hospitals,” said Thomas F. Zenty III, Chief Executive Officer of UH. “We strive to maintain high professional and ethical standards as we deliver the highest-quality care to our patients by living according to our core values: Excellence. Diversity. Integrity. Compassion. Teamwork.”

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The Story Of Krispy Kreme Donuts

Krispy Kreme opened their doors on July 13, 1937. Vernon Rudolph bought a secret yeast-raised doughnut recipe from a New Orleans French chef, rented a building in what is now historic Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC, and began selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts to local grocery stores. The delicious scent of cooking doughnuts drifted into the streets, and passers-by stopped to ask if they could buy hot doughnuts. So, he cut a hole in an outside wall and started selling hot Original Glazed doughnuts directly to customers on the sidewalk. After the war, a showcase was designed for this space. The top served as the counter. Since cake doughnuts and cake sticks were made as well as yeast doughnuts, an attractive display could be made of the variety. The display case is a feature you cannot miss when entering the stores today. Hand production was a thing of the past when automation took over in 1963. I just passed the red neon Krispy Kreme sign. This is their signal, enter the store and they will give you a free donut right off the conveyor. I just saw the red sign. See you later it’s time to get a donut.

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Senator Antonio Commemorates Women’s Suffrage By Voting

Senator Antonio puts her ballot in the dropbox at Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Election Day 2020 is only a few days away, but with early and mail-in voting, you can submit your ballot today. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is open for early in-person voting now through Monday, November 2nd at 2:00 p.m. You can also request your absentee ballot up until three days before the election. Once you have received and completed your ballot, it must be postmarked and sent to the BOE or placed in the ballot drop box prior to election day; however, voters should submit or send their ballots as soon as possible. 

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Parma Art Scene

Prama Artspace Gallery, 5411 Pearl Rd, opened the highly publicized photo exhibit, “Images of Haunted Ohio”, on October 23rd. This exhibit includes photos from Franklin Castle, The House of Wills, Mansfield Reformatory, cemeteries in Ohio and more. This show is a peek at those haunted places through the eyes of local photographers, Markus Abdelmasih, Laura D’Alessandro, Jennifer Gleason, June Hund, Sean Mabin, Shawn Slowburn and Jim Szudy. It’s a spooky show. Opening night featured the sounds of a noiseadelic set with Shawn Slowburn and Jim Szudy. This hauntingly beautiful exhibit closes November 22 so you have plenty of time to stop and visit. 

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Parma Observer Is 11 Years Old

Few of those alive today will not agree that 2020 will go down as one of the most challenging, frustrating and surprising years in any memory, we all most fervently hope. Lots of changes have occurred this year that may very well stay with us and become part of our way of living from now on. During these turbulent and unsettling times, The Parma Observer has been able to continue publishing thanks to all of our community partners who make that possible, from our advertisers, staff members, and all of the fabulous people who do one extraordinary thing after another as they add their own love, efforts and magic to the mix. 

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Issue 73: Our Students. Our Communities. Our Time.

Parma Center Campus Rendering

We have welcomed our students back to school through both distance and in-person learning as we begin the 2020-2021 school year. We hope that our communities continue to become healthier so that we can return to the closest version of “normal” that we will be able to create as we emerge from our COVID era!

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Parma Auxiliary Police Turn 70

Parma Police Auxiliary officers in Parma Council Chambers on 9/21/20 with Mayor DeGeeter and Ward 2 Councilwoman Lime.

They show up at parades, football games, funerals, concerts, teen dances and city council meetings. From directing church carnival traffic to PTA meetings, Parma Auxiliary Police handle security and traffic control at citywide public events. They also help write winter parking ban warnings, handle special attention details and assist at sobriety checkpoints. When Parma police need additional support, these officers come to their assistance.

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UH Parma Medical Center’s Newly Renovated Surgery Department Welcomes Arrival Of The Da Vinci Xi Robot

A high-tech robot is the latest complement to the $27.5 million renovation of the Surgery Department at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, providing surgeons in various specialties an exciting opportunity to utilize the latest-generation surgical technology for superior patient outcomes.

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Vote Yes On Seven Hills Issue 41

Issue 41 Impact on Property Taxes

Issue 41 will ask Seven Hills voters to approve, or not, a proposed 1.4 mil “additional tax” for the purpose of parks and recreation. This tax will provide a continuing revenue stream essential for the operations, upkeep, and improvements to our six parks and our Community Recreation Center, as well as for recreational programs.

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Parma Art Scene

Parma Craft Garage Sale, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 1, 2, & 3. Go to City of Parma Facebook for a list of participating addresses. The Parma City Garage Sale event was such a popular event in August that home businesses and crafters decided to jump in on the trend. Due to the health crisis craft shows have been canceled and postponed until next year, leaving these small home-based businesses with limited outlets to show their wares. So, start your holiday shopping early and support your local creatives. 

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A Pierogi Party

October 8th is National Pierogi Day and what better place to start the celebration but Rudy’s Strudel at 5580 Ridge Road, with Lidia the Parma Pierogi Princess. From 11 to 7 P.M. drive up/pick up pierogi, live D.J., pierogi eating contest, and giveaways. All following social distancing safety mandates. 

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Script Parma Picture Of The Month

This month's script Parma picture of the month was submitted by Dylan Forbes who will receive a gift card courtesy of Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, as well as a free car wash courtesy of Sgt. Clean's Car Wash.  Pictures can be emailed for the monthly contest to Parma City Council President Sean Brennan at councilmanbrennan@msn.com. Be sure to include your name and address.

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I Believe

Acknowledge and delight in God’s present and future promise. Anxiety about “looks” begins at a very early age. Parents should do their best to minimize this. Being a slave to the opinions of others makes for a less than desirable existence. Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Contentment is an internal matter that is not at the mercy of external circumstances. Each of us will give an account of himself or herself to God.

Fill up the crevices of time with the things that matter most. Forgiving ourselves is just as important as forgiving others. Friendship with the world (doing anything that conflicts with God’s Word) is hatred toward God. God has a record of everything. God is first and He is last! We are gathered up in between, as in great arms of an eternal, loving kindness. God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. Grace means God accepts us just as we are.

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The President's Corner

As of this writing over 203,000 Americans have died due to complications from corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Sadly, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 53,402 American soldiers died in World War I, 33,739 in the Korean War, 47,434 in the Vietnam War, 148 in the Persian Gulf War, 3,528 in Iraq between 2003 and 2011, and 1,833 in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014. Further, 2,605 Americans died on September 11, 2001. Thus far, over 7,000,000 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the U.S., including friends of mine. Recently, I interviewed one of those friends on the condition of anonymity about his experience for this story.

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Final Plea: November 2020 And The Eleventh Hour

By now, if you’ve followed my work this far, you have long-since decided two things about me as a writer over the last four years, as I have placed great focus on the tri-city area to a significant extent, of which I will delve further into later.

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Senator Antonio's S.B. 59 Amended Into H.B. 341

Senator Antonio provides sponsor testimony on S.B. 59 in the House health committee.  

Ohioans have made substantial contributions to mitigating the effects of the Opioid crisis throughout the state. From state initiatives to community support, we have been able to save many lives. In fact, since its inception, 15,000 people have sought help from the RecoveryOhio Crisis Text Line. Despite these significant efforts, there was a disconnect in the education surrounding the life-saving antidote, naloxone.

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Cash Mob Ends

By the time you read this article Polish Village’s Covid-19 Cash Mob will have ended. If you didn’t participate you’ll be sorry you didn’t. During the three month long promotion of businesses participating, nineteen prizes were awarded to customers, eighteen prizes ranging in value from $100 to $250 a month for the three months, plus the grand prize valued at $500. Wow! A $10 purchase got you an entry ticket. Lots of great prizes! 

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# Meet Me In Parma: City Visitor's Guide Moving Forward

As Cleveland’s largest suburb, Parma has so much to appreciate and enjoy. Knowing this, last year, City Treasurer Tom Mastroianni suggested that We Are Parma Proud produce a Visitor’s Guide that would showcase the very best that the city has to offer. This resource would show the world beyond our city limits why Parma is so appealing, and it could become our premier promotional piece year after year after year.

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Our Democracy Is Threatened By A Lawless President

Yesterday the President of the United States told his supporters to commit voter fraud. He did so on camera. It was not a joke. It was not ironic. The president called for his supporters to game the system:

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Welcome Fall: Decorate Your Parma Home!

As a follow-up to the wildly successful Parma Patriotic Pride photo initiative this past July 4th, the nonprofit We Are Parma Proud is encouraging all Parma residents to decorate and photograph their homes to celebrate the arrival of autumn and Halloween. This initiative ends October 31st. Residents who submit their photos will have them published on the We Are Parma Proud Facebook page and will also be entered in a random drawing to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. Please send your photos to parmaproudphotos@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. for a chance to win. Follow and share the hashtag #WelcomeFallParma to spread the word.

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New UH Parma ENT Sees Patients Of All Ages

Clevelanders are familiar with the seasonal onslaught of allergens, which are typically trees in spring, grasses in summer and weeds in fall. Now they can count year-round on an ENT physician to handle these concerns and more for patients of all ages.

“Allergies or environmental irritants can affect patients in so many ways; causing cough, ear complaints, as well as nasal issues,” says W. Colby Brown, MD, who trained at UH, completed his fellowship at one of the nation’s premier programs and is now based on the West-side at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.

In addition to treating seasonal allergies, Dr. Brown also treats a wide range of more common ENT conditions, such as inflammatory diseases of the sinuses, including allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, and nasal polyps. He handles many procedures, such as tympanostomies (ear tubes), tonsillectomies, and septoplasties.

“Dr. Brown brings to UH Parma a patient-centered focus with expertise in all aspects of pediatric and adult general ENT,” said Nicole Maronian, MD, Director of the UH Ear Nose and Throat Institute. “His full-time presence will allow for improved ENT care in a consistent manner for the greater Parma area. He has particular expertise in nasal and sinus disease, chronic sinusitis and polyposis, and allergy.”

Dr. Maronian also noted that Dr. Brown pursued sub-specialty training at the top rhinology and anterior skull base fellowship training program in the country at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed his fellowship in advanced sinus surgery and skull-base surgery, including treating rare tumors such as juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibromas and nasal squamous cell carcinomas. He attended Case Western Reserve University for medical school after graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University.

Dr. Brown sees patients three days each week in his clinic in Medical Arts Center 1 on the UH Parma campus, and has two days dedicated to surgery in UH Parma’s newly renovated Surgery Department.

“Everyone has been very friendly, supportive and appreciative,” says Dr. Brown. “This is a very collaborative environment here at UH Parma.”

Dr. Brown joins ENT Nurse Practitioner Melissa Partyka NP, who also treats all general ENT, with additional expertise in hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance issues, as well as Shawn Li, MD, who has expertise in head and neck cancer, thyroid disease, and neck masses.

Dr. Brown’s office is located at 6681 Ridge Road, Parma. Patients can make an appointment by calling 440-743-8111.

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“Tech Boosts” Program From Cox Communications Seeks Nominations For $30K In Grants To Local Nonprofits

Despite the important work nonprofits and community organizations do in the communities they serve, many are lacking the modern technology tools needed to perform their missions to the fullest. To bridge this technology gap, Cox Communications today announced the call for nominations for its “Tech Boosts” program, which awards grants to nonprofit groups committed to investing in technology equipment for the betterment of its patrons and mission.

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News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O  From Futures without Violence: Responding to the today’s pressures on families & potentially their children F. w/o V. has developed several new unique programs to a) help prevent & address trauma at ChangingMindsNow, and b) build healthy bonds, and break intergenerational cycles of violence and trauma at Thriving Families, Safer Children,

O  From The Renee Jones Empowerment Center….Visit their web site at http://rjecempower.org/  & click on the TRUTH graphic to virtually tour  the “….survivor-created, interactive art exhibit invokes an honest and raw look into understanding the underworld of human trafficking and sexual assaults with the lasting impact on its victims.

O  From The Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center….Consider participating in this upcoming webinar at noon on  Oct 16th: LGBT+ Survivors. Learn more and/or register visit https://www.dvcac.org.

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Calm Competence Versus Bombastic Incompetence

The election this year is one of the most important elections in our nation’s history. Since our country’s founding 244 years ago, there have been divisions among Americans. In 1776, the divisions were between loyalists who wanted to remain subject to England and rebels who wanted independence. Even after the constitution was ratified, there were divisions about its interpretation and the power of the federal government.

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