For the second straight year, the Ashtabula County Airport Authority and the county commissioners are squaring off over funding for the airport. During a meeting last month, officials from the authority said the facility will be broke by fall if it does not receive $135,000 more above the $1…

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President Trump has declared victory in his confrontation with Mexico. After he threatened to impose crippling tariffs on $350 billion worth of goods Mexico exports annually to the U.S., that country’s leaders agreed to measures aimed at impeding asylum-seekers from Central America that flow…

Is there any doubt that many Democrats agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she says she wants to see President Trump “in prison”? After the Mueller report, House Democrats seem to believe almost unanimously that the president is guilty of obstruction of justice. Their increasingly hea…

Randolph Bourne (1886-1918) said, “War is the health of the state.” James Madison said, “War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement,” and the executive almost is the American state, Congress now being more theatrical than actual. Advocates of an ever-larger state, remembering …

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Because the Star Beacon does not often report on crimes involving juveniles, and we have typically withheld the names of juveniles when we do, it can be surprising to the public — and particularly the families of those involved — when we cover such cases. In these sensitive situations, we ma…

Interesting how the Republican Party’s attitude towards the office of the presidency has changed in three short years. During the tenure of the previous POTUS, any imagined breach of protocol provoked outpourings of outrage with spokespeople twitching and yelling and waving their arms like o…

Last fall, I took an extended road trip through the Great American Southwest. During my travels, I spent about a week in the Las Vegas area, and came upon a quaint ice cream shop just on the outskirts of town. Since the small store offered early morning cortados, a light lunch menu, and a va…

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend a record $16 billion on Father’s Day this year.

When the school year draws to a close, parents begin looking forward to the slower pace of summer — with a less regimented schedule, relaxing family vacations, and a long list of menial household chores to inflict upon the children anytime they mention being bored.

I’ve been thinking about the concept of universal child care ever since a chance encounter with a mother I’ll refer to as Suzy and her youngster whom I’ll call Blake.

Earlier this week I traveled to central Illinois to speak at a memorial service at Eureka College, my dad’s alma mater, on the 15th anniversary of his death.

One of the more unfortunate effects of the Trump-Russia investigation is the weakening of traditional standards of argument and proof in the public debate over allegations that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 election.

Gerrymandering has always been part of American politics. After all, the term was coined in 1812 after Massachusetts governor and Founding Father Elbridge Gerry endorsed a state senate district that resembled a salamander.

Banning the sale of the confederate flag from family-friendly fairs and festivals is an issue of decency — not freedom of speech.

“A lot of people use the phrase ‘we can never forget,’ and it’s because World War II taught us so many lessons. It’s about how Allied forces came together. If we didn’t work with our partners around the world, we would not have won that war. I think that’s a really important lesson that reso…

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As a state representative, I have often been forced to make difficult decisions about proposed legislation. House Bill 6, the much-publicized and controversial Ohio Clean Air Program that bails out two nuclear power plants, falls into that category. But amid the television ads, mailers and p…

One presidential election year, I caught up with New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan on the final night of the Republican convention in Tampa. He was giving an invocation at both parties’ gatherings that year, and getting grief from many on the right for inviting both presidential candidates f…

Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Battle of Normandy and the beginning of the liberation of Europe. The D-Day invasion changed the course of World War II and world history. It turned the tide against Hitler and the Nazi forces and sparked real hope across occupied France and the…

War is an obscenity. Even when necessary, it is a waste of lives, of property and sometimes the principles of human decency far too many of us take for granted.

State Rep. John Patterson is nothing if not an optimist. It is a trait to admire as Patterson and his colleague Rep. Bob Cupp, R-Lima, prepare to make a final, furious push to get their massive and massively important school reform bill into the state’s two-year budget by the June 30 deadline. 

Recently, Rep. Haraz Ghanbari, R-Perrysburg, and I introduced House Bill (HB) 7, bipartisan legislation to protect and preserve our most precious natural resource — water — in our lakes, rivers and streams throughout Ohio.

Memorial Day weekend is a time for presidential wannabes to get out on the campaign trail at patriotic events and solemn remembrances of our fallen heroes and address national issues.

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There was a big media buildup and a lot of wild guessing by the pundits on FOX and CNN about what Special Counsel Robert Mueller was going to say in his public statement on Wednesday. But in the end, after Mueller’s nearly 10-minute sum-up of his two-year, $40 million investigation into Russ…

In February 2018, the House Intelligence Committee released the so-called Nunes memo. In four pages, the document, from the committee’s then-chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, revealed much of what the public knows today about the FBI’s reliance on the Steele dossier in pursuing since-discredited al…

President Trump has escalated his war on facts and fact-finders. On issues ranging from climate change and missile testing to intelligence estimates and economic statistics, the Lord of the Lies consistently fabricates evidence to fit his own misshapen view of reality.

The cascading effects of U.S. protectionism on U.S. producers and consumers constitute an ongoing tutorial about what Daniel Patrick Moynihan called “iatrogenic government.” In medicine, an iatrogenic ailment is one inadvertently caused by a physician or medicine. Iatrogenic government — exc…

“As one veteran friend has said, ‘For those who fought for it, freedom is a taste that the protected will never know.’ With deepest emotion today, we still witness our flag and hear our National Anthem and know their sacrifices were not in vain. We are the beneficiaries of their last great m…

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I read an essay the other day that caught me totally unprepared. It was written by a teacher in Charlotte who stated that at a meeting about how to deal with an armed intruder, someone suggested giving teachers marbles to scatter in hallways to slow the gunman.

In the fight to end the practice of gerrymandered-legislative districts, both for Ohio General Assembly seats and congressional districts, state lawmakers have generally gotten on board in the last few years — though both times it was clear they’d have been begrudgingly dragged along anyway …

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DAYTON [ndash] Marikay Grace Cable passed away June 12, 2019. Beloved daughter to Geneva (Lynn) Orr and Marvin Lee Orr Sr. of Kettering, OH. Donations may be made in Marikay's name to the Humane Society of Dayton.

Lawrence "Larry" Chapman, Jr., age 93 , of Geneva, passed away on June 14, 2019 at Geneva Village. Born on October 23, 1925 in Painesville, the son of Lawrence G. & Marvel (Young) Chapman. A salesman at Amerigas, in Ashtabula. A member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Geneva. Larry enjoy…