For people close to Mercy Hospital Washington, it wasn’t that big of a surprise. They know how the hospital has put a great emphasis on the safety of the patients it serves.

A “news story” (no source mentioned on the one we received) on the Internet falls into the category of fake news. Some people are just now awakening to the fact that anybody can put anything on the Internet.

A welcome change that will be coming after Donald Trump takes the oath of president is elimination of federal government regulations that are strangling small businesses, and hindering growth in many fields.

Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan,” President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in his address to Congress Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese attacked …

  • By Doug Glatz, Washington
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To The Editor:

Close-minded reply: In a recent edition of The Missourian, a gentleman I’ll refer to by initials only, P.S., fired a vitriolic cheap shot across the Franklin County conservative bow.

  • By F. N. Brennan, Pacific
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To The Editor:

This is regarding the Pacific Missourian editor’s (editor) article: “Society Group Will Address Concerns,” Nov. 23, 2016, issue of The Missourian.

  • By Ken Bissey, Labadie
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To The Editor:

I would like to tell Mr. Sheppard, writing in the latest edition of The Missourian, who disparaged the very many of us who voted for Mr. Trump, that I too thank God for the mercy that He showed this nation by not allowing Hillary Clinton to be elected.

Every now and then we disagree with what one of our syndicated columnists writes, but we still publish the opinion because it is important to be aware of other views.

A preliminary study important to improvements to Highway 47 between Washington and St. Clair is moving forward with Franklin County taking the lead.

It was such a different era from today — Dec. 7, 1941 — 75 years ago. Few of the young people today realize the significance of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii by the Japanese on that Sunday so long ago. It shaped world happenings for the next 75 years, and even longer as we look ahead.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The Looking Back columns in this newspaper are popular. When we have to leave one out, we hear about it.

  • Diana Haynes, Labadie
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The Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission has extended until Dec. 6 the deadline for public comment on a proposal to conduct a strip mining operation adjacent to the Meramec River. Those readers of The Missourian who may not have had an opportunity to attend the hearings on this matter (or may not be aware of the havoc such an operation will wreak on the river and the area around it) should act quickly to voice their concerns.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 13, is the opening day for filing for municipal and school board seats. The season extends to Jan. 17.

The incoming president of the University of Missouri System, Mun Choi, toured the four campuses this past week and from reports he generally was well received.

Our President-elect Donald Trump said that he will turn over all of his business interests to his children in an attempt to avoid any conflicts of interest. He says he will be running the federal government on a full-time basis.

The Clinton campaign, that is, its leaders, apparently have not disbanded and will take part in a recount of votes in Wisconsin in the presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Donald Trump needs to prepare himself for when he is president that all of his actions will be under a magnifying glass, not only by Republicans but by the big, liberal media. That is somewhat true of any president, but Trump’s mouth, his wealth, his expansive business interests and his farf…

With the news over the weekend of Fidel Castro’s death, our thoughts went back to 2000 when we visited Cuba with a National Newspaper Association study mission group. It was a memorable trip.

  • By Concerned, Marthasville
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To The Editor:

To Trump supporters/voters — I hope you are watching. So far Trump has claimed that he kept Ford from moving a plant from Kentucky to Mexico, thereby saving jobs.

For as long as it can be remembered, there has been a search to find the answer to why some people live longer. Many reasons have been advanced and theories offered, but no one single reason has found general acceptance with the exception of one — a person’s genetic makeup. Such reasons as d…

  • A Washington Millenial, Hannah Colter, Washington
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To The Editor:

In response to recent letters expressing disdain for those who are protesting Donald Trump’s hateful speech/political platform/recent election, I would like to address Marty Riggs and Glen Marquart directly.

  • By Theresa Johnson, St. Clair
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To The Editor:

My name is Theresa Johnson and my address is 1667 Highway TT, St. Clair.

I am 90-plus years of age and have lived at this address for some 56 years, and my in-laws before me for probably 60 years. There is a quarter mile of farmland involved here.

  • By Katherine “Kat” Shaw Burbott, Washington
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To The Editor:

Nov. 9, 2016, the DNC pronounced DOA at 3:30 a.m. CST.

Washington has the largest Korean War Veterans’ Group in the USA. Nov. 22 Kim threatened our nation . . . again. Can we claim a victory when the 38th Parallel still exists?

  • Jamie Holtmeier, President, Washington
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On Oct. 28 members from the Washington Jaycees held a stoplight collection for the All-Abilities Park at the corner of 5th and Jefferson streets. We were blessed with abundant financial support from passing motorists, and enjoyed hearing your testimonials about your family’s use of the park! 

  • Charles G. Coy, Washington
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Along with the majority of others, I did not vote for Donald Trump. I do accept that he will become the 45th president.

 

A major redevelopment project in Downtown Washington moved another step forward this past Monday when the city council selected Developer Andy Unerstall as the preferred developer for the Front Street Redevelopment Area.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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There’s a lot of doomsday talk and wringing of the hands about the Democrats’ poor showing in the election. The party will rebound. The question is, how long will it take?

During the campaign for president, Donald Trump often referred to his opponent as “Crooked” Hillary because of her private email server, Benghazi, lies, the Clinton Foundation and using high public office for personal gain.

  • Gail Bader, Labadie
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We all know Hawthorne Inn in Labadie. As a matter of fact, when I tell someone I live in Labadie they so often associate Labadie with Hawthorne Inn.

  • Glen Marquart, Union
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About the crybabies: Marty, you sure hit the nail on the head. We have a great generation of spoiled brats. If they want a car to go to high school their parents get it for them. Too many of them just think about want, want, want. They don’t think about working to get the things they want. I know jobs may be hard to find but there are places to volunteer everywhere.

  • Tim Unnerstall, Washington
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I applaud Don Burhans and all of the volunteers and supporters of the Iron Spike Model Train Museum at the corner of High Street and Highway 100. 

 

  • Marty Riggs, Washington
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There is so much to contemplate since the presidential election. One of the topics I feel needs to be addressed is the slanted and biased views of the East and West Coast press.

The recent shooting attacks on police officers are another indication of how dangerous it is to serve in such a position today. 

  • Bill Halmich, Washington Volunteer Fire Company Fire Chief
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In the fire service today “retention and recruitment” of volunteers is becoming more challenging. There are greater public expectations of firefighter performance, advanced time and training demands, and increasing call volumes. What most of today’s volunteer fire chiefs call challenges, the Washington Volunteer Fire Company called advancements, years ago.

A side effect of the presidential election is that it has put the spotlight on fake news on the Internet. Anybody can put anything on the Internet and it’s time something is done about it. It won’t be easy.

There is a campaign around the country to try to change the outcome of the presidential election. Hillary Clinton’s supporters are trying to persuade members of the Electoral College to deny Donald Trump the presidency even though he won it with 290 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232. Clinton …

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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You don’t have to dig too deep in your thoughts to understand why just about everybody has much to be thankful for, but one stands very tall — your health.

Every individual has his or her Thanksgiving thoughts because circumstances vary, but there are universal thanks that we all have.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The best government at all levels is open government. However, there always are public officials who try end-around runs to try to avoid being transparent.

Any fundraising campaign that has a goal of $1.1 million has to five leaders nervous moments about reaching that height in donations. There are a few jittery moments in every campaign about reaching the goal.

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