As the country prepares to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, we take note of a new report indicating the number of fathers taking paternity leave has soared from 5,800 per month in 1994 to 22,000 per month in 2015.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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What we are witnessing in Washington, D.C., is not acceptable to the American people. The hatred, the lies being told, the rumors being spread, the rift between party members, too many bureaucrats, leaks, the flow of money, have resulted in disgust among citizens.

  • Terry Beckmeyer, New Haven
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First-term Rep. Nathan Tate from St. Clair seems to be having a good old time in Jefferson City, chomping away on $40 dinners, compliments of his lobbyist friends (Missourian — “Tate Still Enthusiastic About Serving District,” June 10-11, 2017).

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) surprised Washington officials when it announced a plan that calls for a roundabout on Highway 100 at Bluff Road. The idea did not receive a friendly bounce.

Too many guns in the hands of unstable people and with politics at a high pitch, more security is needed for all officials, from the federal government down to the local level.

  • Bill Miller Sr.
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Congress needs to start focusing on what is important to the future of the nation such as health care and tax reform. The final act in the circus that was the Senate hearings on whether Russia tried to influence the presidential elections last year is over. It’s time to get on with the peopl…

Gov. Eric Greitens is running for president and we are all “extras” in a slick Facebook video he is producing to hype his campaign.

We are not aware of any proof to the thought that Americans respect their flag more than most other nations. The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag in America is as common as there are 24 hours in a day.

This coming Saturday is Clean Up Day in Washington. The sponsor is Downtown Washington  Inc. Volunteers are needed.

We don’t know how many Missourians have been to the World War I Museum memorial in Kansas City, but if they haven’t been they should consider a visit.

  • Dolores Schwaller, Washington
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In answer to the question “Are We Isolating Ourselves From the World?” from a Letter to the Editor,  hopefully we do not want to imitate France, which installed a Muslim as president who deems to believe his countrymen should accept this as normal, with no concern for the deaths caused by these attacks, nor Germany’s president who welcomed all these immigrants in who  are terrorizing the German people.    

Unless there is a reversal by the Washington City Council on its decision to abolish the city court, and that is not likely, defendants in violation of city ordinances, will have to appear in circuit court in Union to face charges, or pay fines after guilty pleas, beginning in 2018.

The Washington Board of Education has hired a new instructor for the Navy Junior ROTC program that is offered to students at Washington High and St. Francis Borgia Regional High School.

The all-volunteer United States Army has announced a bonus plan to boost its ranks and to get some of the skilled personnel to stay in its ranks.

Former FBI Director James Comey comes across to some people as a bit too sanctimonious, and his questionable acts certainly raise questions about his overall fitness to hold high office.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Much ado is being made in Washington, D.C., the investigation committee capital of the universe, about American officials having made contacts with the Russians.  

  • Shirley Fischer, Washington
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I have never witnessed such a disgusting political atmosphere in my lifetime. I have wondered if there are no limits to how low some people will stoop in their effort to destroy President Donald Trump.

One of the most significant dates in the history of World War II, June 6, 1944, and in American history, passed with not much fanfare. Many Americans today don’t know what D-Day means.

Two officials of Warren County did a public service when they brought to the attention of Washington officials the need for a Highway 47 causeway north of the Missouri River bridge. That portion of Highway 47 floods. When flooded it cuts off access from Warren and St. Charles counties to Washington.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Two significant announcements about the 2017 floods last week still are reverberating in Franklin County’s commission chambers. One is positive and the other questionable.

  • Nick Cozby, Pacific
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I read the summary published in the emissourian of one of the recent board meetings, and was dumbfounded regarding the behavior of the city of Pacific in regards to a recent gravestone placement. To think that our elected officers thought it was a prudent and justified decision to intentionally park a tractor owned by the city of Pacific on top of a deceased individual’s grave is absolutely abhorrent.

 

  • Lion Dave Baldwin, Marketing/Communications, Missouri Lions, Cape Girardeau
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On June 7, Lions Clubs International will be celebrating 100 years of service and the Missouri Lions would like to thank you, the reader, for your help over the years, including a very busy 2017. 

President Donald Trump made good on one of his campaign promises in rejecting the Paris climate accord, saying he will either demand better terms or he will develop a new plan that will be more favorable to industry in the United States.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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With the Memorial Day services still not tucked away in our minds, military medals came to the forefront of brain matter when we read about State Treasurer Eric Schmitt’s effort to return military medals that are among items in the unclaimed property under the control of the state treasurer’…

President Donald Trump made good on one of his campaign promises in rejecting the Paris climate accord, saying he will either demand better terms or he will develop a new plan that will be more favorable to industry in the United States.

Since resurfacing and going public, Hillary Clinton is blaming everybody but herself for losing the presidential race in November.

 

With Memorial Day just behind us, the military veterans service organizations that conduct services on that day, year after year, deserve a sharp salute from all of us.

Officials in Louisiana, Mo., know about the importance of history and how not to delude it. The city of 3,300 people along the Mississippi River unveiled a donated framed 34-inch-by-58-inch restored Confederate flag inside a museum.

The Missouri General Assembly ended last week’s special session the way it began — under a cloud of controversy over allegations of corruption by elected officials.

Whoever is selected for Washington’s new economic director, he or she will face a very challenging task. The economic development climate to create new jobs is cautious and quiet — not much movement.

  • Vincent Ree, Lonedell
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About the issue of removing Confederate monuments, Tim Jones wrote in his Letter to the Editor titled “ ‘Fascism Pretending to Be Manners’?”

In this area, we live with the floods. We have some flooding almost on an annual basis. They are costly. The one in late April and into May did an estimated $86 million in damage.

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