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There is no clarity in the presidential race at this point, no obvious favorite, no predictable outcome. Every factor that favors President Trump or the Democrats is balanced out by a negative trend. A victory — or a defeat — for either party is totally plausible.

One of the best things about the newspaper industry is the opportunity to share positive stories about the community that some people might not be aware of.

With a disgust commensurate with the fact, Michael Bennet, the Colorado Democrat, says that during 40 percent of his 10 Senate years the government has been run on “continuing resolutions.” Congress passes these in order to spare itself the torture of performing its primary function, which i…

I feared that the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing might get eclipsed by other celebrations (the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, etc.), but apparently the sky is the limit for Apollo 11 remembrances. And why not? This mileston…

It could be another disastrous year for Lake Erie, according to scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who said in a report issued Thursday that heavy spring rains will fuel another massive algae bloom in the western portion of the Great Lake this summer. 

If Alexander Acosta had done in South Florida what Geoffrey Berman just did in New York, Jeffrey Epstein, a sexual predator, might already be behind bars for the rest of his life instead of serving only 13 months.

If California Sen. Kamala Harris is elected president in 2020 and reelected in 2024, by the time she leaves office 114 months from now she might have a coherent answer to the question of whether Americans should be forbidden to have what 217 million of them currently have: private health ins…

This is a time of year when we reflect seriously upon our country, its beginnings and its future. We think, much like the Founding Fathers did 243 years ago, about what right looks like. We do not always get it correct and rarely on the first try. Yet, it is inherently American to strive to …

The day after his dismal showing in the first Democratic debates, former Vice President Joe Biden said in Chicago: “Folks, the discussion in this race shouldn’t be about the past.”

Just a decade after Democrats steamrolled Republicans and public opposition to upend the American health care system, they are ready to move on to the next phase on their plan to force every American into a government-run health care plan.

The toxicity of the resistance to President Trump has risen in recent days, with the nation’s most respected newspapers publishing rationalizations for denying Trump supporters public accommodation and for doxxing career federal employees, while a journalist found himself under physical atta…

On this 243rd anniversary of the beginning of the best thing that ever happened — “The Great Republic” was Winston Churchill’s tribute — many of today’s most interesting arguments about America’s nature and meaning are among conservatives. One concerns the relevance of the Declaration of Ind…

When faced with two women who each claimed to be the mother of the same child, King Solomon announced that he would slice the child in two and give half to each claimant.

If you cover enough of President Donald Trump’s campaign rallies — and I’ve covered a bunch — you know you can count on a few things.

When college students return to their campuses in the fall, many will face a growing problem that threatens to undermine their chances for success. Hunger.

The next week will see many local residents take part in Fourth of July celebrations across the county. Not only will people check out professional fireworks displays at Geneva-on-the-Lake and Conneaut, but we know others will spend the evenings setting off fireworks of there own.

Congress is debating emergency humanitarian aid to care for migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. The need is obvious. With virtually no barrier to stop them, thousands of migrants are crossing illegally into the United States every day. More than a million will come this year. U.S. law preven…

“When it became known that TAG was going to be disbanding, key players in Ashtabula County law enforcement began collaborating on the formation of a county-wide drug and major crimes enforcement task force.” — Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nick Iarocci on the Crime Enforcement Agency of Ashtab…

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The doctrine that court precedents should have momentum for respect — the predictability of settled law gives citizens due notice of what is required or proscribed — is called stare decisis. This Latin translates as: “To stand by things decided.” The translation is not: “If a precedent was p…

In one of her final appearances before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen concluded her testimony by saying that no sane nation would ever devise an immigration system as dysfunctional as that of the United States.

The Supreme Court went one-for-two when it came to rulings Thursday that will have far-reaching implications. 

That the Democrats’ two evenings of dueling oratory snippets this week are called “debates” validates Finley Peter Dunne’s prediction that “when we Americans are through with the English language, it will look as if it had been run over by a musical comedy.” Already a linguistic casualty of …

In a normal universe, a vivid allegation of rape, leveled at a serially misogynist president, would be a news story worthy of 24/7 coverage.

So often, our busy routine can leave us overwhelmed, annoyed, frustrated and rushed. Perhaps you feel a combination of all of these. Or maybe you’re simply amazed. A few weeks back, I was part of a conversation about gratitude in which one man noted that when he took a step back on the way t…

It is sad that it often takes a tragedy to bring about needed and important changes in society. Change is difficult in the best of circumstances, and the status quo exerts a powerful inertia that can be difficult to shake. That situation is made even more challenging when there are specific …

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JEFFERSON [ndash] David Wayne Park, 67, died Friday at the Cleveland Clinic. Service 11AM Wednesday, Jefferson United Methodist. Visitation Tuesday 4-8PM, Jefferson Home, Fleming&Billman Funeral Directors. Contributions: Sanctuary of Friends Animal Rescue or Habitat for Humanity. fleming…

James Marinchak passed peacefully in his sleep June 28th, 2019. Surviving him: his companion Lisa Roth, uncle Dave Bucky, cousins Julie Skully, Tiffany Reid, daughter Tiffany Nelson, grandchildren Kayla, Dylan, Terrance and baby Emma, other numerous relatives.