Society has a set of criteria that it uses to define what it means for a man to leave his mark on the world. We tend to believe that the measure of a man is determined by his degree of influence or the wealth he has. While these are certainly good indicators of one’s accomplishments, it shouldn’t be taken as everything. What is easy to forget is that the true measure of manhood lies in one’s willingness to rise by lifting others and being a true friend; a brother to someone when he or she needs it the most.
When I first volunteered a few years back, an elderly gentleman stopped and related his story. As yet a teenager in the early 1940’s he signed up, waved goodbye to a crying mother, and boarded a troop train. After a mostly restless night, the train stopped somewhere in the middle west. Sleepily disembarking from the train, there they were…beautiful ladies in the uniform of the Salvation Army pouring hot coffee and serving warm cookies. He told me that he would never forget the kindness and dropped a bill into the bucket. The Army began in 1862 to help those in need. The mission has never changed.
The earth spins and tilts, busily circling its way around the sun. Time is always on the move. Seasons wax and wane in ever-changing transition.
This month’s virtual and socially distanced Veterans Day celebrations around Ohio serve as a reminder not only of the sacrifices veterans make for our country, but also of our collective responsibility to support those returning home from service.
Over the last seven months, our community, state, nation, and world have been dealing with the novel coronavirus.
Today we reach November’s center—the midpoint day of this transitional 11th month. Time keeps hustling along, and Thursday-after-next we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving!
Recently, I led my Democratic colleagues in writing letters to 22 of the nation’s largest utility companies — urging them to suspend all utility shutoffs for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the election taking center stage in the news in recent weeks, we need to be cognizant that the COVID-19 pandemic is still adversely impacting our everyday lives.
Since President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) program in 2014, our office has been working with leaders around the state to encourage cities to invest in all students, particularly young men of color, who we know are so often locked out of opportunities.
By Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose
By Stan Popovich