The political attention in Missouri at this time is centered on who will challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in the race for the U.S. Senate next year.

It would be nice if one day would pass without stories about the investigations into whether the Donald Trump campaign colluded with Russian representatives in an effort to sway the election in Trump’s favor. Collusion isn’t a criminal offense but conspiracy is, and the big question right no…

  • John B. Crane, M.D., Washington
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What’s wrong with the Republican health care plan? In a word, everything, starting with the group of rich senators gathering in secrecy to come up with a “better plan” than Obamacare, which will adversely affect the lives of millions in this country.

The way some people view it, the University of Missouri is Negative University. The latest was a story in The New York Times that the university said “key aspects” were omitted.

In the path of the solar eclipse, Franklin County communities are preparing for the event, with watch activities. The date is Aug. 21.

Remember the campaign pledge by Donald Trump that he was going to build a wall on our southern border to keep out illegal immigrants coming through Mexico? And he said Mexico would pay for it!

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Recently we had a letter to the editor from a man who was opposed to having a statue of President Harry Truman in Jefferson City that would replace one of Francis Preston Blair, who represented Missouri in Congress, served in the Union Army during the Civil War and was an outstanding citizen.

It always is good news when a local company plans to expand and create new jobs. It is especially gratifying when the company is homegrown, a longtime employer in a city and has been successful.

  • Judy Spaunhorst, Union
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This is something that has been on my mind for a very long time, and of those whom I have asked their opinion have agreed with me. So, I am electing to sign my name.

  • Damon Gilbert, St. Clair
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Having read the well-written article by Gregg Jones titled “Judge Wood: Heroin a ‘Cancer’ in County,” I wish to take this a step further.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Resources have been poured into the battle against illegal drugs and the tragedies that result from them. Yet the battle is being lost. It is one of the most serious problems facing our country. 

Where has the letter writer who writes “Trump Is Trying to Deconstruct Freedom of Press, Destroy our Republic” been for the last eight years when the illegal Obama worked to destroy our economy, our health care with the worthless Obamacare?

July 1937 is when the Washington Missourian became under the ownership of the James L. Miller Sr., family. Members of the family have owned and operated the newspaper for 80 years this month. Three Millers, two of the third generation, operate the newspaper today.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, who will be up for re-election next year, is raising money for her campaign at a $1 million a month clip. The Democrat is expecting a tough fight to retain her U.S. Senate seat.  

 

  • Charles G. Coy, Washington
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There is a growing sense that our political system isn’t functioning as it should. There were similar feelings in the 1760s and 1770s, when the British overlords strayed onto a course that eventually led to political upheaval and revolution.

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I am on the hunt for a new hiking trail in the area. Running or jogging is not my thing, but hiking or going on a good walk is what I like to do. I have little endurance for running long or short distances.

  • F. N. Brennan, Pacific
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The city of Pacific has a three-cell, concrete, partly buried water reservoir in Blackburn Park. Every day, over 7,000 people and some businesses depend on this supply of water.

  • Richard E. Browning, P.E., Washington
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While the country continues to destroy, remove or deface existing Civil War memorials under the pretext that Lincoln went to war to free the slaves (which is totally false), it appears that our two U.S. senators are pushing to install a statue of President Harry S. Truman in place of Francis Preston Blair.

  • Kathy Meyer, Washington
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I am writing this letter on the 4th of July, and thinking of all this beautiful country has been through and all the changes I have seen take place.

Missouri now has a Blue Alert system, which will alert people statewide when a law enforcement officer is killed or wounded. The law was signed by Gov. Eric Greitens Thursday.

There are few recognition programs to honor the sacrifice made by our military men that can equal the Budweiser Folds of Honor Foundation that came to a Washington home recently.

The name may sound impressive but we are in a wait and see mode. The Missouri General Assembly has created the 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The nation celebrated its 241st birthday Tuesday, July 4, and while there are many problems in America, this country still has the required strength to meet any and all challenges. 

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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I did not have to travel very far this year to buy fireworks, which is a something I could get used to. 

Selling a tax increase to a Republican Legislature in a deeply red state is never an easy task. That’s true even if the rationale for the hike is indisputable.

A Missourian reader suggested we publish on a regular basis the addresses of our representatives in Congress. We have done that in the past, but not lately. It’s a good suggestion. Here are the addresses:

  • John B. Crane, MD, Washington
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I’ve touched on this issue in a prior letter, and I will again. The latest example of Trump’s outrageous behavior, which worries me most, is his apparent attempt to systematically deconstruct our freedom of the press. It threatens to destroy our republic from the inside, which in my opinion is more dangerous than outside threats from other parts of the world. I am certain that, as the editor of an award-winning newspaper, you are equally concerned.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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In talking to newspaper editors, publishers and owners from around the U.S., and several foreign countries, one of their main concerns in their areas is the wide use of drugs, and the crimes that result.

To climb the political ladder to serve in government, most of the successful candidates have had a mountain of ambition, especially to seek the White House.

  • Charles G. Coy, Washington
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Several Muslim groups in Germany rallied tens of thousands this June in a march with a simple message: Acts of terror carried out in the name of Islam are not Islamic.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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There are few organizations that have accomplished in a short time what Franklin County Honor Flight, Inc., has done. It honors military veterans by taking them free of charge to Washington, D.C., to see the monuments erected that recognize the service they gave to this country.

  • Marty Riggs, Washington
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I walked away from public education (retired) 10 years ago. I have had time to reflect and look back over my career in the world of school and have come to the conclusion our society is broken. Aside from all the current political division in our country, we as an American people have lost our way. Our moral compass seems to be broken, particularly when it comes to education.

  • Mike Smith, Washington
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I am writing in response to Mr. Biermann’s recent letter on climate change. As strongly as I believe in the science of climate change, I feel it is important to approach this subject with a level of humility.

In a highly anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Monday that the state of Missouri cannot deny public funds to a church simply because it is a religious organization.

 

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Not that another argument was needed to reduce the number of members of the Missouri House of Representatives, but an analysis by David Lieb of the Associated Press revealed that there is a lack of interest in seeking to be a state representative in many districts, and there also is a growin…

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