Website for The Buckeye Institute

Source: The Buckeye Institute

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Roland Louis Hansen Memories of Days Gone By.

I remember the very first time that I was a candidate for elective office. It was back in 1978 when I sought to be elected to the Ohio State Senate from District 1, a portion of Northwest Ohio that included all or parts of 7 counties.

Browse the “Meet the candidates” article from the November 2, 1978 edition of The Bryan Times.
Now, take a look at the November 5, 1978 Toledo Blade “Who Will be State Legislators?” article,
the November 5, 1978 Toledo Blade “Thumbnail Biographies Of Candidates In Tuesday’s Election” article.

Well, I lost that election back in 1978, but, five years later, in 1983, I sought and won election to a four-year term on the Lucas County Board of Education.

If you so desire, you may go on over to the Toledo Blade Thumbnail Biographical Sketch on me for that position which was published on November 6, 1983.

I won re-election to another four-year term on the Lucas County Board of Education in 1987.  I ran for re-election to another term in 1991, but lost. Not to be undaunted, however, I ran for another new four-year term in 1993 and won. In 1997, I made a decision not to seek re-election to the Lucas County Board of Education in which the meetings of the Board had become very acrimonious as the result of the other four Members of the Board playing political games that have absolutely no place on a school board and that I felt were unworthy of my service.

Despite future attempts at seeking elective office, my days of being an elected official came to an end as of 1998.

I continued to dabble in the political realm in a variety of ways, however.
As an example of my continued involvement in political matters other than being a candidate myself, I would like to point your attention over to the “Toledo Talk” message thread of August 28, 2015 entitled “10-year anniversary of the Aug 28, 2005 Toledo Mayoral Candidates Forum” for which I was the facilitator/moderator. That message thread along with its accompanying embedded links to some other message threads makes for an interesting read.
I enjoy reading about history, don’t you? — LOL.

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The United States of America is not a Christian nation. 

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The United States of America is not a Christian nation. America is a country composed of people of many religions and of no religion. In the early colon… – Roland Hansen – Google+

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Cold and Flu. Go Away Coughs and Sneezes.

Sniffle, sniffle.
It is cold and flu season here in Northwest Ohio.
So, what are we going to do about it?
Well, let us look around the internet.

An opening short paragraph from one of the web pages of WebMD, reads:
“Do you know what to do when you catch a cold, or when a cold becomes something more serious? Here, you’ll find the latest information on the common cold — symptoms, prevention, treatment, and even home remedies.”
Go on over to review the rest of the WebMD Cold Guide pages.

From the Mayo Clinic, I suggest you read:
Cold remedies: What works, what doesn’t, what can’t hurt

And from Everyday Roots, you may read:
16 Remedies to Kick the Common Cold

Another suggestion of web pages for you is from Healthline where you may read:
11 Cold and Flu Home Remedies

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I survived surgery (thus far).

I am now home recuperating from surgery that was performed yesterday, February 2, 2017, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital by Dr. Albert W. Tsang.

Without going into details, I feel as though I have had a near-death experience.

AND, I have had an epiphany like no other feeling I have ever had!

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Dan Rather Facebook Post on Donald Trump Presidency

The following is a reproduction of what Journalist Dan Rather wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 11:33 a.m.

These are not normal times. These are extraordinary times. And extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.

When you have a spokesperson for the president of the United States wrap up a lie in the Orwellian phrase “alternative facts”…

When you have a press secretary in his first appearance before the White House reporters threaten, bully, lie, and then walk out of the briefing room without the cajones to answer a single question…

When you have a President stand before the stars of the fallen CIA agents and boast about the size of his crowds (lies) and how great his authoritarian inaugural speech was….

These are not normal times.

The press has never seen anything like this before. The public has never seen anything like this before. And the political leaders of both parties have never seen anything like this before.

What can we do? We can all step up and say simply and without equivocation. “A lie, is a lie, is a lie!” And if someone won’t say it, those of us who know that there is such a thing as the truth must do whatever is in our power to diminish the liar’s malignant reach into our society.

There is one group of people who can do a lot – very quickly. And that is Republicans in Congress. Without their support, Donald Trump’s presidency will falter. So here is what I think everyone in the press must do. If you are interviewing a Paul Ryan, a Mitch McConnell, or any other GOP elected official, the first question must be “what will you do to combat the lying from the White House?” If they dodge and weave, keep with the follow ups. And if they refuse to give a satisfactory answer, end the interview.

Facts and the truth are not partisan. They are the bedrock of our democracy. And you are either with them, with us, with our Constitution, our history, and the future of our nation, or you are against it. Everyone must answer that question.

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History Continues To Repeat Itself. Democracy Can Allow The Rise Of A Dictatorship.

Democracy can be a fragile thing.

During the height of Ancient Greece, people were expected to pay homage to Alexander the Great.

At its zenith, the people of the Roman Empire were expected to proudly proclaim “Hail, Caesar!”

In the early 1930s through the early 1940s, people in Germany and the people residing within its sphere of expanded territorial influence would clamor in unison,  “Sieg Heil” to Adolf Hitler.

It seems that people do not learn from history.

The governments of Ancient Greece, of Ancient Rome, and of the Weimar Republic in Germany (1919 – 1933) were democracies that gave way to dictatorships.

History continues to repeat itself.

All this gives way to the following YouTube video interview that I wish to share with the readers of Roland’s Ramblings. It is entitled “Shutting Down Bulls!*t with a Holocaust Survivor.”

The video interview is food for thought, especially considering that some people today believe that the Democracy of American Government is being threatened because of the recent election for President of the United States of America by Donald Trump.

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