Editorials and Letters


Over the past six years, farm incomes have gone down 44 percent. Mother Nature added additional obstacles this year, leaving more than 1.5 million acres of fields unsown. This isn’t the first year that farmers have had to overcome harsh field conditions, and it won’t be the last. Recently, however, EPA bureaucrats increased the burden on farmers and rural America. […]

Beacon endorses Joe Hart for re-election as Licking Township Trustee

Five candidates are seeking one position as Licking Township Trustee. One, three-term trustee Joe Hart, stands out. First full disclosure: This writer first met Joe Hart while covering Licking Township Trustees meetings for The Beacon. His election brought new vitality to the Board of Trustees and we have become good friends, particularly since I was elected a trustee in neighboring […]

More support to re-elect Hart Licking Township trustee

Dear Editor: This letter is in support of re-electing Joseph Hart as Licking Township Trustee. Mr. Hart has served as Licking Township Trustee since 2008, served two terms on the Lakewood Local School Board, and actively serves on several other Boards within Licking County. He has been a staunch supporter of Lakewood Local Schools and Lakewood athletics for many, many […]

County auditor supports Joe Hart for Licking Township Trustee

Editor: As Licking County Auditor, I have known Joseph Hart for a number of years and have been consistently impressed with his commitment to professionalism in local government. Joe’s wisdom and good judgment have served the residents of Licking Township and all of Licking County well.  Joe exemplifies honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness in critical day-to-day decisions and in planning for […]

Gary Walters recommends Joe Hart for re-election

Editor: I’m writing to recommend that Licking Township voters re-elect Joe Hart as Licking Township Trustee. I have known Joe for over 25 years and find him to be a very dedicated and well informed public servant. He previously served eight years on the Lakewood Board of Education and is currently a Licking Township Trustee. In both instances, Joe has […]

Joe Hart endorsed for Licking Township Trustee

Editor: I am writing to support a candidate that has been a Licking Township resident and public servant for many years. Licking Township Trustee Joseph Hart is running for re-election. Joe Hart previously served two term terms on the Lakewood Schools Board of Education and is finishing up his third term as a Licking Township Trustee. I have had the […]

Free Dinner for Veterans

Editor: The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., Ohio Chapter 10 is hosting a free dinner for Veterans and one guest on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.  It will be held at Mills Memorial Church, 402 N. Broad Street, Lancaster, OH  43130. The facility is handicap accessible. This dinner is to honor our veterans for their service to our country. The menu […]

National Obesity Care Week

Editor: During National Obesity Care Week, it is important to recognize obesity treatment challenges and work together to find solutions. We can’t afford inaction. Obesity is a chronic and life-threatening disease impacting nearly 40% of Ohioans. It’s linked to over 200 diseases and disorders, costs Americans $1.42 trillion every year, and it’s the second leading cause of preventable, premature death […]

VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay contest is open

Editor: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) and The VFW Auxiliary to Post #1388 are pleased to announce the kick-off of the 2019-2020 VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen scholarship competitions. More than $3 million in scholarships were awarded last year. The VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions are dedicated to encouraging a […]

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