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…

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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 …

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

President Trump lost a preliminary round in his court battle with House Democrats, when a federal judge ruled his accounting firm must obey a subpoena to provide his financial records to Congress.

They called him “Frankie Smacks.” I didn’t know why until the first time he gave me a haircut. After Frank was finished cutting your hair, he’d snatch the towel from around your neck, give you a playful but hard smack on the back of the head and say, “OK, get outta here!”

Joe Biden is aiming his campaign pitch directly at the sensible center of American politics. “Compromise itself is not a dirty word,” he asserted during his announcement speech in Philadelphia. “Consensus is not a weakness. It’s how our founders down the road thought we would govern.”

From now on, the Trump-Russia affair will be divided into two parts: before and after the release of Robert Mueller’s report. Before the special counsel’s findings were made public last month, the president’s adversaries were on the offensive. Now, they are playing defense.

Difficulties with Iran will recur regularly, like the oscillations of a sine wave, and the recent crisis — if such it was, or is — illustrates persistent U.S. intellectual and institutional failures, starting with this: The Trump administration’s assumption, and that of many in Congress, is …

Better late than never — words that apply to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s new bill that calls for a major overhaul in the nation’s antiquated laws that have created a porous border.

Internet privacy. Forget about it. It’s another of those oxymorons you hear so much about; like gluten-free dim sum or fully satisfied “Game of Thrones” fan or Donald Trump’s Modern Guide to Etiquette and Manners. You have a better chance of finding a pod of humpback whales in your office cu…

MARYVILLE, Tennessee — Lawmakers in this rural corner of Tennessee near Knoxville passed an interesting resolution the other night, making Blount County a sanctuary.

With your military service complete, you’re eager to return home and get on with life in the private sector. Surely, in a booming economy, you’ll have your pick of jobs? Your training is extensive, after all — the U.S. military’s technology training and educational advancement is among the w…

Throughout my time serving as the representative for Ohio’s 14th Congressional District, I’ve had the privilege of attending all sorts of events across Northeast Ohio, but one of my all-time favorites is the Alliance for Working Together’s (AWT) annual RoboBots Competition.

Anyone who still assumes that legal abortion is here to stay, and that Roe v. Wade is the settled law of the land, should take a hard look at what’s happening right now in red America.

Thanks to Alabama, abortion is back on the national stage again. It was already becoming a hot political topic when Alabama’s legislature shocked the country with its super-strict anti-abortion law.

Tom McCuin served two tours as an Army public affairs officer in Afghanistan, and worked closely with local nationals hired by American forces.

There was a school of thought that said former Vice President Joe Biden would begin to sink in the polls the moment he announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. Biden’s first day in the race, the thinking went, would be his best day.

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Obituaries

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…