• Bill Miller Sr.
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With the popularity of the internet, like so many inventions, there is fallout — privacy has taken a hit. Privacy has become a lost value in our lives. 

Gov. Eric Greitens has had lofty ambitions. The White House has been his goal. Now after the release of the Missouri House’s preliminary investigation report, his ambitions have been further shattered. For months there have been calls for his resignation and since the report has been issued,…

The residents of West Main Street are alarmed about a salvage yard and recycling facility planned for the former Sporlan Valve Company plant.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Quote of the week: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore

  • Bill Miller Sr.
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Some Missourian readers surely have heard of Ray Hartmann, publisher of  the St. Louis magazine, and a regular on Channel 9’s “Donnybrook.” We’ve known Hartmann for a long time. He founded the Riverfront Times in St. Louis and we used to print that newspaper, which he sold some time ago. The…

Money in politics roared out of control so long ago it almost qualifies as a relic of another period when candidates didn’t have to spend millions on television advertising and other mediums in the electronic age.

In a recent letter to Missouri lawmakers, Missouri’s four Catholic bishops issued what some have described as a call to action on commonsense gun regulations.

Now that the Washington capital improvements tax has been approved for an eight-year run, the next step is to assign priorities to the projects that are to be built with the revenue.

A special Missouri House committee is expected to release its investigation of Gov. Eric Greitens by Monday, which could lead to impeachment proceedings. The committee’s deadline to complete its investigation report is Sunday, which means there could be an announcement by Monday.

  • Bill Miller Sr.
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Never take for granted your driving privilege — it is a freedom that when lost is one of the unbearable issues you try to live with, especially seniors. For so many years, a vehicle was at your beck and call, and to be banned from the streets and highways makes one a discriminated four-wheel…

There were many winners in Tuesday’s elections — in fact, every resident of Franklin County was a winner. Passing one sales tax countywide, another sales tax renewal in Washington was approved, and a no tax bond issue for the Union R-XI School District was given voter approval.

There are no winners in a trade war, only casualties.” Wesley Spurlock, chairman of the National Corn Growers Association, made that statement in an article in Agdaily this past week.

  • Bill Miller, Sr.
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Funeral services were held Tuesday for Jim Scanlan, the father of football at Washington High School. He was an outstanding coach, dedicated teacher of the sport, who compiled one of the best records in the state, and who is referred to in legendary terms at the school.

An unknown is the impact the students who seek strong gun controls will have on re-election bids by incumbent House and Senate members who are either opposed to controls or are weak-kneed on the issue.

When you look back on the history of East Central College, if there ever was a project in which sheer determination was the dominant force that led to its establishment, it is ECC. There were setbacks along the way, but the proponents never quit in their determination to bring higher educati…

The Missouri Legislature is flirting with a major tax cut measure its sponsors say will stimulate the state’s economy. Its critics say it will wreck it.

There is more than just casual interest and importance in Tuesday’s elections. County officials are hopeful that Prop P will pass — the countywide half-cent sales tax for the county jail and pay increases for commissioned sheriff’s deputies and municipal policemen.

  • Washington Resident
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All the blame for the horrific shooting of 17 students at a high school in Parkland, Fla., are focused on availability of the gun and the mental health of the shooter.  

 

The two sales tax proposals on the ballot next Tuesday are of equal importance, and should be given careful attention by voters.

Mayor Sandy Lucy is seeking a third term as mayor of Washington. She’s earned it. Her record speaks for itself. The city is functioning well and has for the past eight years under her capable hands.

Russian President Vladimir Putin must wonder about the U.S. president, where he stands, and for how long, and must be reeling a bit from all of his diplomats and intelligence personnel who have been expelled from 21 countries. The U.S. leads in expelling Russian diplomats, 60 of them, in ret…

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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It was time! Never in the 30 years of its life has the recipient of The Missourian’s Washingtonian Award been more worthy than Washington Elks Lodge 1559.

  • Gary Toelke, Proposition P Chairman
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Putting a sunset clause on funding for personnel and salaries is normally not a common practice. Half of Proposition P will establish competitive salary, increased services, retention and hiring of personnel for all commissioned police officers in Franklin County, both city and county. The other half of the tax will fund the construction of the jail along with upgrading and expanding Franklin County communications.  

 

The House Intelligence Committee voted to approve its final report into Russia meddling in the 2016 election. The report’s conclusion was that there was no connection between the Trump campaign and Russia.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Maybe I didn’t hear this and just made it up. Ambitious politicians who lose a race for political office don’t fade away, they just run again! We have witnessed that on the local, state and federal levels.

Everybody agrees our roads and bridges nationwide need a revenue boost if they are going to be fixed. How to raise the money to improve roads and bridges on the federal and state levels is a pothole that apparently can’t be fixed.

We should get this out of the way upfront: We are more than disappointed that the Turnpike Troubadours bowed out of performing at the Washington Town & Country Fair.

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