Down on the Farm



UNION TOWNSHI P – It’s an awful lot of work for the Kellers, but always worth it. “It’s fun when the kids are here,” said farmer Kevin Keller. He was helping his parents, Jerry and Sue Keller, Oct. 16 when the Kellers hosted roughly 85 Kirkersville Elementary first graders at their Palmer Road farm. Kevin Keller said displaying all the […]

Analysis: Mismanagement also endangers firefighters



BUCKEYE LAKE – Buckeye Lake Village residents and visitors are not the only ones endangered by the village’s dysfunctional fire department. Last month, The Beacon sent Fire Chief Pete Leindecker a public records request for the department’s inspection records for its ladders, hoses, pumps and SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) masks and regulators for the calendar years 2008 through 2012. Our […]

No answers to questions policy debated



BUCKEYE LAKE – Buckeye Lake Village Council’s public comment policy prompted a fierce debate Monday night. Council’s policy of listening, but not responding to any questions until after the meeting or at a subsequent drew fire from several residents. Several council members commented that they too felt left out of the loop on village information. Several people asked village officials […]

The Case For a New President: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs



Twenty years ago, Bill Clinton rode James Carville’s ‘It’s The Economy, Stupid!’ battle cry into the White House. Carville wanted the campaign to focus on the economy. Today that battle cry should be aimed at voters. The Obama campaign wants to discuss anything but the economy. That why we’ve heard about saving Big Bird and Romney’s “binders.” It’s no surprise […]

This is it for Election Letters!



We do NOT publish election letters in our final issue before an election. Letters not addressing candidates or issues on the Nov. 6 ballot are welcome next week. We prefer typewritten letters of 250 words or less. All letters must be signed and include your name, address, and a daytime phone number where we can reach you for confirmation purposes. […]

More support for income tax levy



Dear Editor: “Invest in The Best” has been the motto of the Walnut Township Schools. Our students have opportunities athletically, musically and educationally that their parents and grandparents never had in their school years. All of this has been made possible because of the generous support of our residents. On Tuesday, November 6, 2012 we have the privilege of continuing […]

Prosecutor supports police levy



Editor, As Fairfield County Prosecutor, I strongly urge all Baltimore voters to support the Village Police Levy this election day. Chief Michael Tussey is a strong leader of a professional department, but even the best professionals need proper resources to do their job fully. Our community faces significant challenges from increased use and trafficking in heroin, opiates, and methamphetamine. Such […]

Voters urged to support Issue 2



Editor: If you are as sick of the partisan gridlock that infects all of our politics as I am, then join me in voting FOR Issue 2. Currently, our insane hodge-podge of districts load a clear majority of one party in almost every district, resulting in races featuring “true believers.” If those running had to appeal to the whole population […]

We can’t risk a lame duck President Obama



Editor: My good friend, Hal Jackson, was on the speaking circuit giving humorous talks for years, so I don’t know if his recent letter was to be humorous or not. Hal suggests we are better off today than when Obama took office. He may be, but Joyce and my retirement funds have lost almost a third of their value in […]

We need jobs, Romney



Editor: We need jobs, economic recovery, repeal of Obama Care and deficit slashing. We cannot survive more wasteful spending, “big talking” and broken promises. We’re moving away from our Constitution, our liberty and our free market economy. We need a truthful President who accepts responsibility for his mistakes. We’re all human, but Obama walks on water so he doesn’t own […]


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