• By Bill Miller Sr.
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A major industry that is having troubled times is the National Football League (NFL). Attendance is down for some of the teams and interest overall in pro football seems for many to be waning.

President Donald Trump has termed his recent trip to Asia a success, and has praised the leaders he met in a way that one would think they were a group of “good ol’ boys.”

Franklin County has tax bills in the mail and many property owners already have received their charges for 2017. A record $117,612,759.91 is the total of all of the bills.

If a person wants a job, there are many opportunities today. It’s been that way for some time. The problem is too many of the jobless feel many of the openings are below the type of work they want to do. Of course, there are some who really don’t want to work, and they will live off unemploy…

  • Bruce Moe, Executive Director, Missouri State Teachers Association
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The Missouri State Teachers Association is deeply troubled by the politicization of the State Board of Education.

Embattled Judge Roy Moore of Alabama, who is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, is fighting off calls for him to drop out due to claims from five women of alleged sexual misconduct. Many senators have called for him to quit the race, and one even said if Moore is elected that august…

I’m not super sentimental or nostalgic. I’m the person who throws most things away because “you can’t keep everything.” But if you’re reading this Wednesday, Nov. 15 — today you get a bit of sentimentality. You see, today is my son’s 11th birthday.

It is not unusual for governors to try to influence state boards and commissions – even those constitutionally designed to be independent and apolitical.

It’s tough to lose a state championship game, finishing second, but the Washington High School soccer Blue Jays have earned an accomplishment that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

There hasn’t been a great deal of publicity about it, but there is another movement afoot for St. Louis city to merge with St. Louis County. The Wall Street Journal in its Nov. 4-5, issue devoted about a half page (A3) to “Rethinking the ‘Great Divorce’,” a division that occurred in 1876.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Today’s column is taken from a talk delivered Veterans Day at The American Legion Post 218 in Washington by the writer of Editor’s Notebook. Excerpts from the talk follow:

The threat of a mass shooting is something Americans have to live with today. A mass shooting can occur anywhere. Who would ever have thought a shooter would enter a small church in a tiny town in Texas and kill 26 people and wound another 20?

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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My friends and I celebrated Halloween a week late this year. I decided to be creative with my costume.

We have some modest advice for Republicans regarding the tax bill unveiled last week – don’t screw this up.

  • Washington Resident
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Whatever feelings of “guilt” which I might have about my role as a white oppressor are more than tempered by my firm belief that most adverse consequences in life are the result of poor decision-making, either by the principal party or by his or her parents.

When did this current wave of patriotism capture the attention of Americans? Some people believe it started when Ronald Reagan was president. Others will tell you it came some time after the Vietnam War, which divided the country, but they can’t pinpoint the exact time.

The timing for it at the start of Veterans Week was terrible. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a coward, a deserter, escaped death or a prison term. At least he was given a dishonorable discharge from the Army.

  • Marty Riggs, Concerned Citizen, Washington
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As I read The Missourian on a regular basis I am greatly concerned with information obtained about the possibility of closing the city’s public pool. I just cannot believe it!

  • Aaron Reed, Wentzville
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Dr. John Crane needs to find a hobby, other than writing weekly letters blasting our president. I hope Doc Crane knows that he is in the minority here, and his psycho babble is starting to wear on people. The people reading The Missourian are not your patients. I understand that you are looking for a reason to be significant since you have been retired, but bashing the president with whom millions of people elected, does not make you any more important.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The advances in communication are remarkable.  However, we are old school and we aren’t an active participant in all the bells, whistles, buttons and keyboards of the electronic age.

The good news is that the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) recognizes the congestion on Highway 47 between Washington and St. Clair, and it is the No. 1 priority in Franklin County.

The city of Washington’s special committee to look into possible capital improvement projects to be funded by a continuation of the half-cent sales tax, which will be up for renewal in 2018, should consider a second access to the riverfront.

 

You can’t stop what is fundamentally economic reality. The market always wins in the long run.

Associated Press stories have said that hackers “disrupted” last year’s presidential election. Did they disrupt or try to disrupt the election? The election went pretty well as planned and on schedule.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Hello, loyal readers, and welcome to my corner of The Missourian. As always, feel free to give me a call at 636-629-1027 or shoot me an email at barmeiere@emissourian.com.

The city of Washington has formed a capital improvement sales tax committee to study and recommend whether or not the city should continue its half-cent sales tax for needed capital improvements. The tax has been in force since 1989 and has been renewed several times by voters.

  • Bill Miller Sr.
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The Southwest Airliner from Baltimore, Md., was on time Saturday at 8 p.m. Inside Terminal 2 at Lambert St. Louis International Airport anxious family members, many with welcome home signs, and other greetings, waited for their loved ones. Elizabeth La Kamp, a professional singer who enterta…

On Monday, NBC fired author and political journalist Mark Halperin following multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

You would have a tough time explaining to Scenic Regional Library officials that print is on the way out — pushed by the electronic wave. That may be true in some parts of the country, but in Scenic Regional Library territory, print dominates.

  • Friends of the Washington Public Library
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We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to the following organizations for all their help before, during and after the annual Friends of the Washington Public Library Book Sale.

  • John B. Crane, Washington
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Put 100 psychiatrists in a room together, which is never a good idea, and we’ll disagree about any given topic, whether it be psychiatry, politics, religion, what’s for dinner, any thing. I’m exaggerating, but only a bit.

It has been called goofy and a game-changer, revolutionary and a pipe dream. Whatever the label, it has state officials gushing.

It has been known in political circles for some time that Gov. Eric Greitens’ focus is on the White House and being governor of Missouri is just a stepping stone.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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One of my good friends from high school got married this past Saturday and I was a bridesmaid.

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