OpEd

election

Election Day: United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Regardless of the results of the election, we are still one country. We must live, work, and raise our families together. The results of this election will shape our future, but we decide the character in our hearts. We can choose everyday to work hard, be kind, and strive for more. These American ideals transcend …

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Why you should do the census before bed tonight

According to their website, “The deadline to respond to the 2020 Census is October 15, 2020.” That’s today. If you have not already done the census, this is a big deal, and here is why: It determines your representation in DC Members of the United States House of Representatives are determined by how many people …

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United We Stand: Moving Forward, Together

The country is in pain. Riots are burning business. Americans are fist-fighting in the streets over their political differences. Sensing the shifting tides, police officers are retiring in record numbers. All of this has been inflamed by a global pandemic that has changed our lives, it is easy to be worried. We all have seen …

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Nearly Deported After 2 Tours to Iraq, The Struggle to Become a Citizen

*Editors note: Despite multiple tours to Iraq, Mr Martin Bauer was almost deported. This is all too common for our brothers and sisters serving. Below is the first hand account of the author, and his joinery to become a citizen. Despite the adversity, he never gave up. His patriotism is in keeping with the true meaning of American …

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The Most Toxic Leadership Phrase, & What to Say Instead

Dealing with terrible leadership sucks. Particularly in a job you cannot walk away from. In the military, you will literally go to jail if you do not show up to work. Regardless if you are military or civilian, there are sayings that no subordinate likes hearing. These phrases can actually make people less productive. We …

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The Strongest Bond- The US Marine Corps and the Royal Marines

Throughout history there have been military units around the world that hold a special bond with another unit in another country. In modern times there is no greater example than the unique bond between the United States Marine Corps and Britain’s Royal Marines Commandos. And while of course the USMC enjoys strong relationships without other …

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How Has Serving Impacted You?

How Has Serving Impacted You?

We all remember when the US Army tweeted a simple question. “How Has Serving Impacted You?” I thought this warranted some reflection. Especially, since hindsight is 2020 (pun intended). In one particularly popular responses, a man spoke about how his wife had 10 Jodys, and now he’s afraid of fireworks. You can’t help but feel …

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Finding new high ground

Finding new high ground: Life after the military

My time in the Corps was short lived, 4 years, two deployments to Iraq and then out, with a brief stint in the reserves trying to get back to active duty, thinking I had no other applicable job skills other than making guns go bang. It was cool. It was also garbage, I’ve never experienced …

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