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Our nation is polarized.

We have run into gridlocks and have made only limited progress over the years in many important national issues such as racial discrimination and race relations. The senseless killing of African Americans recently has produced a global outcry for justice and police reform. Something must be done to prevent these tragedies from being repeated and the wounds being reopened. It saddens me that 50 years after Martin Luther King’s inspirational “I have a dream” speech, people of nearly every minority and ethnicity, including African Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans, are still fighting for racial equality despite the progress made in this area.

I believe the best way to resolve gridlocks and fundamentally address major national issues such as the race relations is to find common ground.

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Laura Baigert

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MURFREESBORO, Tennessee –Dr. Ming Wang, at the Conservative Caucus held in Murfreesboro Saturday with a few hundred people in attendance, discussed his vision for addressing a polarized world through his Common Ground Network.

Wang, who is not only a world-renowned laser eye surgeon but a philanthropist and community activist, provided financial support for the Conservative Caucus.

The Right Place . . .  The Right Time


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Who is Dr. Ming Wang?  That is probably your precise question at this very moment! Krista Martinelli, administrator, founder, and editor for was my “date” for the night.   It was a fateful Saturday night, and I was honored to have been invited to see the annual Royal Palm DanceSport  Championships  NQE and WDSF Open Palm Chapter #6016 which was organized by Krista’s father, Dave Koontz and her Stepmom (also president of the Board),  Connie Barnhart.  When we looked at our tickets and found our table, we saw a distinguished-looking man and his family sitting in what we though were “our seats”.    And, we told him, very boldly, “we think you might be at the wrong table”.  The man smiled at us, moved over gently, and we felt ridiculous as we had just put our “foot in our mouths”.  This “stranger”, unbeknownst to us, was one of the dancers.  He had a number tag on his back and was sitting with members of his family.  After this awkward and “accidental” encounter, the situation improved.  Krista and I discovered that this man was not just a brilliant ballroom dancer and an interesting conversationalist, but also a prominent laser eye surgeon.

Our nation is polarized. Some people want to completely reopen the country to save our jobs and the economy, while others do not want to reopen because a few dozen infected Americans in early March has led to 1.5 million becoming infected (and 90,000 deaths), so they worry about what would happen if we reopen with an estimated 17 million currently infected.

Most of us are staying home right now, but when we go back to work, the flood gates will open. Silent COVID-19 carriers will come out of their homes and infect potentially tens of millions of people.

When the COVID-19 outbreak reached America in early March, we as a nation found that, unfortunately, we were not sufficiently prepared.

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