Legal-Ease column: “Differences, similarities, Metamucil and the law”

As our nation’s presidential candidates seek to differentiate themselves, every subtle distinction in personality, wealth and philosophy between people is amplified.

In this time of people’s differences being repeatedly pointed out, I am reminded of the lyrics to my favorite song, a country music song by Collin Raye, titled, “Not that Different”.  The song reminds us of our similarities as human beings in that each of us laugh, love, hope, try, hurt, need, fear and cry.

The song resonates with me, because it reminds me of junior high school, a time when I was incessantly teased for being nerdy and coming from a less affluent family than some of my classmates.  I desperately wanted to fit in and simply be “regular”.  One evening, a commercial appeared on TV that gave me hope.  Metamucil offered all TV viewers, like me, the chance to be “regular”.   Only months later did I realize that the regularity offered by Metamucil was less about social standing and more about bathroom habits.

Our legal system is designed to help us all to interact based upon our similarities (and how regular we all are when compared with each other) while respecting our differences.

Read more about this in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: “Legal-Ease: “Differences, similarities, Metamucil and the law”,”

Source:, “Legal-Ease: “Differences, similarities, Metamucil and the law”,” by Lee R. Schroeder, February 29, 2020.

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

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