Quote of the week: “The way we experience the world around us is a direct reflection of the world within us.” — Gabrielle Bernstein

Ready or not, the spring playoffs are here for our high school sports teams.

The General Assembly, as it winds down with another session this week, may pass legislation calling for another vote on the Clean Missouri amendment. They want to kill the voter-approved Amendment 1 initiative that was approved last November.

A four-year college degree does not have the value it once had. That’s the conclusion a person could come to after reading Walter Williams’ commentary that will be found on this page.  

One thing that never changes is that the Missouri General Assembly enters the final week of a session with much unfinished legislative matters. It’s always the same — unfinished business. Some measures will be passed in the final hours of the session that ends Friday.

The American Legion is in its 100th year and it has a proud history of being a force for veterans and the country. It is one of the most influential organizations in the United States.

Many Missourians agree that something needs to be done about the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the more than 90 municipalities in the county, where confusion often reigns as to which governmental body they are in and where jurisdictions begin and end.

It’s not new — efforts to rename Washington, D.C.’s Union Station as the “Harry S. Truman Union Station.”

It was unsettling to learn that Franklin County was charged $73,575 by the Union Fire District for building permit fees for the new county jail project.

Quote of the week: “The key to growth is acknowledging your fear of the unknown and jumping in anyway.” — Jen Sincero

Reunions refresh memories. As it was Saturday at the Old Dutch Restaurant for members of the 1956 Blue Jays basketball team.

The city of Washington and Downtown Washington Inc. are seeking a tenant for the old waterworks building, a historic landmark that is a centerpiece of the Jim Rennick Riverfront Park.

Do you know what the student debt in the U.S. loan portfolio is? It’s $1.45 trillion!

There is good news on the farm scene in Missouri. Small farms are showing strength and nearly all farms in Missouri are family-owned.

“I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.”

It was good to learn that Republicans and Democrats are coming together on a federal infrastructure program. Both parties recognize the need that exists.

We aren’t big fans of the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The black-tie event has deteriorated in recent years — too many celebrities and too many classless comedians telling off-color jokes.

In life’s journey, we all meet people who leave an unforgettable impression because of their character. Pastor Herman Otten of New Haven personified discipline among his other favorable traits.

Population growth or decline usually points to conditions that were responsible for whatever happened in the area affected. Often the reasons are complex.

America’s past is gradually being erased. It is not only statues that are targeted but it extends to artwork and other objects of a historical nature.

A rumor making the rounds was that Mayor Sandy Lucy was going to take a year’s leave of absence and the newly elected mayor pro tem, Jeff Patke, Third Ward councilman, would assume the office.

At first glance it may seem a bit trivial, but given more thought the county commission did the right thing in sending a message to contractors involved in the jail/dispatching center project. The message is that all change orders adding more cost must be approved by the commission.

A feature story in Wednesday’s Missourian by Karen Cernich about the 75th anniversary of the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District brought back memories of some of the pioneers in that movement. It especially reminded us of the late Monsignor George J. Hildner, who came to Fra…

Mercy Health System is rated one of the five best hospital systems in the country in the large category of hospitals.

The battle between President Donald Trump and the House of Representatives is a reminder that Democrats refuse to accept what was in the Mueller report, and they won’t give up in trying to obtain the president’s tax returns.

Former senator and vice president Joe Biden is expected to officially enter the race for president later this week. He has been considering a race for the Democratic nomination for months, maybe longer.

We’d wager that most Americans are tired of the Mueller report and the stench of politics that has resulted from the wrapping.

It was good news to learn that starting in the new school year, Union High School students will have the option to take part in the Naval Junior ROTC program based at Washington High School.

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