• By Bill Miller Sr.
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There are political junkies who also are presidential junkies. There’s a book titled “The Essential Book of Presidential Trivia” that was published before Obama and Trump became president. The author is Noah McCullough, a youth at the time of authoring the book, who did considerable research.

President Donald Trump wants $18 billion to build more than 700 miles of a wall along our southwest border. The new wall would expand the 654 miles of a barrier now in place.

  • Aaron Reed, Wentzville
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Yes, we are all entitled to our opinions regarding the president’s qualifications to serve. 

 

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should resign — not because of an extramarital affair, but because he is just another political poser.

One of the reasons Donald Trump got elected president was because he wasn’t a career politician like his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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That’s the name of a book that strikes a funny or serious or whatever vein in its readers. It’s not a new book. It was published eight or so years ago. The author is Leland Gregory, who also wrote “Stupid History.”

In one of his last interviews in office, former Gov. Jay Nixon was asked if he had any regrets on his 30-year career in public service.

  • LaVonne Allison, Washington
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A short time ago I submitted a name for consideration for the new bridge in Washington, Mo.  

 

To start the new year off with news of Melton Machine & Control Company’s expansion plans is as good as it gets for the area economy. The company has been in Washington since 1975, moving here from St. Louis, and locating in the beginning on the southwest corner of West Main and Westlink…

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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What is the United States’ moral obligation to combat evil as Americans see it in other parts of the world?

We all know East Central College is one of the best buys in higher education in Missouri. It has the second lowest tuition among the state’s community colleges.

It will be highly interesting to see what happens to legislation to raise the state gasoline tax in the Missouri General Assembly this session.

President Donald Trump has no one to blame but himself in regard to a book published that is highly critical of the president, members of his family and close aides. Steve Bannon had a key position in the Trump campaign and he was appointed as a senior strategist in the Trump administration …

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Jake Schultz, Villa Ridge, is assigned to one of the most unusual duties in the Army. He is a mule skinner, or driver of a team of mules for the Horse Cavalry Detachment of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. The mules and old military wagon advertise the Army in parades and at oth…

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Happy 2018! No Year New Year’s party is complete without party favors including glasses, noisemakers, hats and other decorations.

To us the major happening locally in 2017 was the start of construction of a new Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River at Washington.

The question is whether the United States will ever have a relationship with China that involves trust. There are reasons to suggest that it will never happen.

Sen. Roy Blunt is a conservative who recognizes the value in federal tax credits when it comes to saving old structures and giving them a new life.

There was a time when much was said and written about New Year’s resolutions. Today, well, the word has faded. 

 

We hated to learn the news that the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce lost out in the bidding for the state license office. The Chamber has operated the state license office since 1973.

News reports are saying that Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s re-election chances in 2018 have improved because of voter disapproval of Republican President Donald Trump and the fact that an unknown, with little experience in a political office, likely will be her opponent. 

It’s a limited legal victory, and the lawsuit has some distance to go before a final decision is reached.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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As promised by President Donald Trump, the U.S. plans to cut its funding for the United Nations. The move came after the U.N. General Assembly voted to declare the U.S. decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “null and void.”

  • Meals on Wheels, Affiliated with Mercy Hospital Washington
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On behalf of all the people getting and delivering Meals on Wheels prepared by the very accommodating staff at Mercy Hospital, we would like to thank Girl Scout Troop District 12, Neighborhood 5, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Pacific, Mo., for the many Christmas gifts they decorated and made for the Meals on Wheels recipients.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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It was actually a white Christmas this year. I couldn’t believe it especially because the temperatures had been warm last week.

  • Don Kappelmann, New Haven
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After being involved at East Central College for the better part of my life, in a variety of aspects, it is time to replace tired blood with new blood.

To the surprise of hardly anyone, the Washington Town and Country Fair won nine awards of excellence in the Hall of Honor Communications Contest sponsored by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.

What would have happened to Franklin County had voters not approved sales taxes to help pay operating expenses? Bankruptcy?  That may have happened.

The citizens committee reviewing projects to be on the “to do” list if voters approve the renewal of Washington’s capital improvement half-cent sales tax that will be on the April ballot is giving additional time to consideration of a new municipal swimming pool. The cost would be about $6 million, which would take a lion’s share that the tax is estimated to produce in its eight-year life.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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We don’t mind seeing the end of 2017. If ever this country had a topsy-turvy year, it was 2017. The main event was President Donald Trump’s first year in the White House.

  • Father Joe Wormek, Pastor of St. Francis Borgia Parish, Washington
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As we are getting ready to celebrate Christmas 2017, we hear of so many situations which need peace and hope in our country and in the world. We hear about the wildfires of California as we heard about the hurricanes in Texas and Florida and Caribbean Islands. Now the unrest in Jerusalem, wh…

  • George Dohm, Pastor New Life Church, Washington
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A common reply to questions of faith in our culture today is, “It’s personal.”  This response can be a way to bow out of a conversation that is uncomfortable, to sidestep an argument that the other is seemingly attempting to stir up, or excuse ourselves from a topic we simply are not prepare…

  • Rev. John H. Rhoads, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Clair
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For some, Christmas is not merry but rather blue.  Unmoved by the flashing lights and festive carols, untouched by the family feasts and gilded gifts, many people this Holy Day season will be having a Blue Christmas.  They are feeling the blues in their spirits more than the joy to the world.  

  • Rev. Gary M. Schulte, Pastor of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Washington
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  • Pastor Mark Bangert, Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Washington
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The latest and greatest things most often disappoint and are tossed aside. The Cardinals acquired a new outfielder and a new pitcher! Let’s not forget that last year’s new hopes are on the trading block. There is a new iPhone X! Wanna bet there will be an iPhone XI that will be new and impro…

  • Peace in Christ, Pastor Aimee Appell, Peace Lutheran Church, Washington
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Christmas evokes images of a calm, tranquil night, a sweet little baby in the manger, cattle quietly standing in the background. And Mary. Always Mary, the radiant new mother, so meek and mild. When she appears in Christmas scenes and carols, she is always so serene in her “maiden bliss” (“I…

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