Giddiness dominates the day with Browns win

| January 14, 2021

That was certainly an interesting week. Where do we go from here seems to be looking at things mildly, but I think taking a long-term view with a glass half full of optimism for the new administration is warranted and perhaps even necessary for where we are right now. Bringing the nation “back together” will be a challenge and will take time if it can even be accomplished without something to bridge the wide divide. Now, that is what we are being told – that there is this huge gap in how we think. Is this true? Or is there some common ground that can form the foundation of resolving at least smaller matters until trust is rebuilt to move on to the larger ones.

Mistrust of the national media seems to be one of the key issues of the day. Whether fair or not, it is where we are and must be faced head-on. How to solve this? That is a question for someone a lot smarter than me. Perhaps one thing all of us could do is stop listening to the diatribes of a decidedly slanted media – regardless of which side you are on. The national media has done themselves no favors over the past four years – and it probably reaches back into the Obama administration and further if we wanted to do that.

The approval rating for Congress is at an all-time low and hopefully this can start ticking up slowly but surely over the next few years. Again, approaching the future with optimism could help all of us going forward.

Okay, you’re probably tired of my drooling over all of this – let’s talk about some fun stuff. How about those Cleveland Browns! Is it possible that this team has turned the corner and Browns fans are headed for brighter days and a brighter future in the seasons ahead. It was truly a surreal victory and first quarter. It’s time to take on the Chiefs! Don’t count the Browns out but it will be a real challenge to say the least.

As I write this week’s column (Monday) the kickoff is only hours away until the Buckeyes take on the Crimson Tide in the national championship game. Can the Buckeyes play as well as they did against Clemson? That was without a doubt the best game they have played all year – to this point. The question is, can they play that well again or was it the motivation to beat the Tigers the overarching factor in that game? I guess we will know in a few hours.

What exactly are the Indians thinking? It’s obviously not to put a winning team on the field. Who are these players they traded two of the best for? That’s what I thought too. Lindor and Carrasco? Two of the most popular players on the roster? It has to be a financial move versus one of logic. Someone out there in Beacon reader land probably knows a lot more about this than me. Seems like I say that a lot anymore. . . perhaps it is just the giddiness of the Browns winning a PLAYOFF GAME against the Steelers in Pittsburgh! That’s what it is. Just giddiness. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Thanks for reading The Beacon – we appreciate it. Spring is on the way.

Category: Mark's Musings, Opinion

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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