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The Oct. 5 deadline to register to vote for the 2020 General Election is fast approaching.  Registering to vote is easy. Registration forms can be completed at local libraries, at the Ashtabula County Board of Elections or you on-line at VOTEOhio.gov, the Ohio Secretary of State website.  Th…

September is Suicide Prevention Month and it’s important that we are there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives. From lea…

Death is the permanent cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. No matter who or what you are, you will die. When will that happen?  Are you ready? Will you die of the virus? Do you have life insurance? 

The Democratic party was traditionally considered the party of blue collar workers and of the poor. They promoted unions as a means of improving the livelihood of workers. Now, however, unions take large dues using them to lobby for programs opposed to the desires of their members.

When history reflects on these times in America I myself think two things will stand powerful.

Biden commercials are absolutely ridiculous. One says Trump is only for himself. So how come our economy is greater than its been in decades? Our country is safer and there’s more people working than in decades! (pre-COVID-19). I’m sure the Dems are trying to figure out a way to blame Trump …

I believe in letting people speak for themselves. When the founders and leaders of Black Lives Matter Inc., call themselves “trained Marxist ideologues” — why shouldn’t we believe them? When their stated goals match Marxist goals to change a society, should we ignore that?

Do parents no longer teach their children to respect the law, and law enforcement officers? What has happened to courtesy, respect, and common sense in this nation?

Labor Day, for some, is just a day off of work. Unfortunately, like the commercialization of other holidays, many look at Labor Day as the last long weekend of summer, the kickoff of football season, and a time when children return to school in some form. 

So now Jimmy Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns, will support and encourage the kneeling by his players during the playing of our National Anthem. 

Just my opinion. To all the athletes out there that are boycotting games, kneeling for the National Anthem, and using their star power to voice their opinion on social unrest, BLM and Antifa, a word of warning. If you’re not yet aware, you play sports for a living. And, for the most part, ar…

Opine: Monday, August 17, printed a column by: Jennie C. Stephens, opnion worth reading between the lines. Support the Green Deal; well maybe nice, but how will it be paid for? OAC ran her platform on this and the cost revealed was so excessive. Jennie dams the oil and gas industry as owned …

According to a recent letter, our Democratic leadership has done nothing to improve the lives of American people in the last four years. I think this person has to look at who has been in charge for the last four years. The Senate has had Mitch McConnell (Republican) who has refused to bring…

Black Lives Matter is a movement whose time has come to truly raise the conscience of our country. It is a movement to reunite all of us with the desire to have true equal justice and opportunity for all. And to have the ghost of Karl Marx used to deflect and discredit this movement and the …

Throughout my life, I have attempted to look at most things, and the decisions I have made, with common sense ... especially when it comes to the best interest of the American people and those who I want leading our local and national government.

My Grandpa Stack, being a farmer in his younger days, loved going to the Ashtabula County Fair every summer. Since I was around eight years old, he and my grandma would take me and two or three grandkids to the fair.

The daily televised Covid-19 briefings have restarted and the President is again starring in his own reality show. He spends little time on facts and uses the briefings for self-gratification and misinformation. As he gets confused by his rhetoric and mistruths, he must lie about his lies. H…

At least thirteen states do not celebrate Columbus Day (Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, DC; Wisconsin and South Dakota) but celebrate  “Native American Day” instead.  

As the nation battles with the COVID-19 pandemic problems, the President put this problem on the back burner while he made the economy and his re-election bid more important than the health of Americans? 

Freedom! Yes, the word freedom means being FREE! That word, like so many words, can be used in various ways to express our communication; being UNITED or ALONE, we use WORDS to express what we want to say! Speaking of our own USA and its governing process, which each of us is a part of, find…

I was raised in church. I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was 12, watching the PTL Club on TV late one night. I spent my youth exploring my faith, and later being baptized in the Holy Spirit.

As you have probably noticed, I have been reviewing most of my employment/travel memories which I am now ending — except for one that remains with me almost daily. I will repeat this for the very last time. I confess, I am a “murder.”

As we’ve all heard, the Washington Redskins will be changing their pro-football team’s name. Admittedly “Redskins” comes close to being pejorative  —   possibly expressing contempt or disapproval of Native Americans. Yet if a psychologist were to display Rorschach-like cards bearing the name…

About 400 years ago, Galileo, with his telescope, looked to the stars and saw the moons of Jupiter revolving around it; supporting Copernicus’s theory of a sun-centered solar system. Copernicus, vilified by the Church, died embittered and Galileo was brought before the Inquisition and banish…

Bravo to Pymatuning Valley Schools Superintendebt Christopher Edison for making the decision to keep their sports teams in Ashtabula County for this year.

President Donald Trump continues his daily barrage of lies and rhetoric hoping more Americans will listen and believe him. He wasn’t elected because Americans thought he would be a good president. He was elected because he got Americans to mistrust and hate Hillary Clinton more. He needs Ame…

Dear fellow Ohioans, have you given thanks to God for the Governor he has given you at this crucial time in history? Have you prayed for him lately? He is under great pressure and prayer makes all the difference. He’s our Governor. Whatever your politics or religion, he’s trying to be there …

One hundred percent of my ER nurse colleagues signed a petition stating our concern over Ashtabula County Medical Center’s decision to close the OB unit. Though changes are coming to ACMC, the fact pregnant women will continue to come to the emergency room won’t. Pregnant women frequent the …

We finally thought we could begin, slowly, to get back to ‘normal’…but now COVID is back, with a bang! Shame, shame on those Republican-led states in the South that opened so early. Now they’re paying the price. Look at Florida! They’re a joke. The Star Beacon has carried articles about the …

While on vacation at my favorite place in the world, Geneva-on-the-Lake, I was notified by my employer that I had been exposed to a co-worker who had tested positive for COVID-19. Although I was not told who the other employee was, I remained confident that, because of our stringent safety p…

In a few months, we will elect a new President of the United States. Shortly thereafter, approximately 58 vacancies for new ambassadors will be submitted to the Senate for review and sent on to the President for signature. 

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