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The strength for survival for mankind can only come from the supernatural, namely God through Christ (John 15:5; 14:6; 8:24; etc.). Paul wrote Christians in the old city of Ephesus that all spiritual blessings were located “in Christ” (Eph. 1:3). So there must have been a “place” (”in heaven…

Even I am surprised how good looking I am in my 80 years old age! I am able to see some good in a lot of things and happenings around me. Like little children’s’ smiles, like a light in the dark! Their giggles, like a loved one’s voice that yells “I am home”! Their wiggly body and soft touch…

In Ashtabula County and rural communities around, access to healthcare is an issue. All throughout the county we have countless acres of farming but not access to care quickly in emergency situations. With the recent hack in Ashtabula County Medical Center, this shut down one of the only Eme…

I am tired of so many politicos promising everything under the sun if we will vote for them.  They want government to take care of all our needs. Don’t these people realize that nothing is free.  Somebody has to pay and I’m afraid it will be our grandchildren.     Listen to these politicians…

In a virus milieu as we have had and still do, there has been a strength available so that we can endure it. As a minister of the gospel of God via the Bible, I have  decided for myself in recent times that temporal life is not nearly enough to keep going. Since God’s word has been my only s…

Recently, bicycle lanes were established in Ashtabula in order to eventually connect the existing bike trail to Lake Erie. Unfortunately, in doing so, the safety of bicyclists was not given much thought and in fact, was compromised. In some places along the route, bicycle lanes are where I w…

In July of 2019 my father became unexpectedly ill and passed away. Following his passing, while I was still grieving his death, I was responsible for many aspects of his estate, including property taxes. One morning I called the Ashtabula County Treasurer’s Office to inquire about hours and …

I have people say to me, “I won’t vote for Trump because I don’t like him.” If an unlikeable quarterback had a great passing arm that allowed the team to constantly win, of course the fans would support the team, even though they don’t like the quarterback. That’s the way you have to look at…

Now that voting season is in full swing, I feel the time is right to speak up regarding the Ashtabula County Treasurers race. The incumbent Treasurer, Dawn Cragon has been an exemplary Treasurer in the state of Ohio. She has served the County Treasurers Association of Ohio (CTAO) in many rol…

If you have some of the following symptoms — fatigue, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose — you may be getting COVID-19!

I read with care the letter from a frequent writer endorsing local Democrat candidates. One statement took my breath away: “Her opponent is a respiratory therapist,} referring to Angie Maki-Cliff who is challenging incumbent Dawn Cragon for office of Ashtabula County Treasurer. Period. That’…

John Danforth, three-term Republican senator from Missouri called Donald Trump the most divisive President in US history. Colin Powell, another Republican, decries Trump’s behavior in insulting anybody who dares to criticize him. Trump’s former Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, said Trump “does…

For 47 years I worked in the Ashtabula County justice system. First as an Ashtabula City Police Officer, and then as a probation officer under the Honorable Judge Albert Camplese. I understand what is effective in our justice system and that is why I am supporting Marie Lane for Common Pleas Judge.

I’m voting to re-elect Dawn Cragon our current Treasurer and the only candidate who has the experience, education and background for the job as Treasurer. She is educated with a Masters Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor degree in business Administration with a minor in accounting…

In 2001 the Los Angeles Time wrote: “Since the war in Vietnam ended in 1975, North Vietnamese generals have said that they knew they could not defeat the U.S. on the battle field, so they counted on the division of our people at home to win the war for them.”

The Two holding hands and asking for leadership to untangle a mess of “thought” which has been tangled up in governing a country where truth and honesty should prevail but DO NOT! A country where Justice and Law were wedged into the plans of our ancestors from long ago! Could it be possible?…

I notice with Interest two divergent views expressed on Fascism in your October 3, 2020 newspaper. One warns of the Fascist Democrats and the other telling of his experience in post-World War II Germany. I find the second letter more resonant with my understanding. The current President embr…

Donald Trump is a ring master in a three-ring political circus going on in the nation’s capitol. There are those who flock to the big tent to be entertained by a mindless political charade. There are those who have bought into to the myth that Trump created a robust economy prior to the pand…

It’s extraordinary for county treasurers to weigh in on each other’s races during the heart of campaign...but I feel compelled to write that Ashtabula County has an extraordinary Treasurer in Dawn Cragon.

About a month ago Sarah Fowler, candidate for State Representative, chose not participate in the Star Beacon’s candidate forum. Notified by Republican chair Charlie Frye of the decision, the Star Beacon mused that perhaps he had little confidence in her candidacy.  Perhaps that lack of confi…

We have an insidious agent preparing to do harm to Lake Eire. Only the next president can determine if it will or won’t. 

Lady Liberty has drawn a line in the sand for this election. She is asking those of us who believe in liberty, our constitution and the rule of law to stand by her side to vote against the Marxist Democratic Party.

President Donald Trump is the  “anti-establishment” candidate. Joseph Biden is the “establishment” candidate despite what has been said.

This is a note to everyone who have lost their family dog to illness, disease, etc. My precious chocolate labrador was diagnosed with cancer last year in September. She has been fighting this horrible disease for over a year now. The cancer finally took her life early Sunday morning at 1:20 …

For many years, I lived next to a home that needed to be torn down. I spent a lot of time taking care of my property and this house was in such bad shape that it was lowering my property value and affected the beauty of Bridge Street and my property.

Trying to find ways to overcome the trials of the virus, I thought to go back in time to the innocence of childhood. Broke out my grade school class pictures and to see those faces I shared new and fun times with. It worked and I even mailed a few hi cards to some that I found addresses for.

We are all guilty. We have allowed political corruption to grow. We have become so enamored with our own political parties that anything our party does is okay because it screws with “the other guy.”

I am a 94-year-old Lebanese Presbyterian born in Cleveland. I worked 20 years in the territory, two years in the state of Alaska and 33 years overseas in 16 different countries. I have interacted with millions of different kinds of people in many different countries.

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?

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