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Quote of the week: “Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.” – Michael Scott

When a report surfaced this week that Eric Greitens was reaching out to donors in support of a political comeback, the reaction on social media was swift and harsh.

Over the years, political hurricanes have been common in Washington, D.C., which is bracing for another one this coming week. The Republicans plan to stick to their schedule in the Judge Brett Kavanaugh nomination battle for a U.S. Supreme Court seat.

Sen. Claire McCaskill finally announced her decision on the Judge Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. She opposes the nomination. The reason given by her is at best flimsy.

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One of the main responsibilities of government is to protect the people in the various jurisdictions in our governmental framework. Protecting the general public has become one of the most expensive items  in governmental budgets. It is an expense that is growing.

The Food and Drug Administration declared youth vaping an “epidemic” and said it will halt sales of flavored electronic cigarettes if the major manufacturers can’t prove they are doing enough to keep them out of the hands of children and teens.

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Quote of the week: “I am big enough to admit that I am often inspired by myself.” – Leslie Knope

Letters have been received about “anchormen.” It refers to graduates who ranked at the bottom or near the bottom in their class. 

We can understand why President Donald Trump is upset by an unsigned published opinion piece in The New York Times that said the president’s own staff is conspiring against him.

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If there ever was a questionable act, it’s difficult to top this one. Nike is using a controversial former NFL player to advertise its products.

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If you ever wanted to go to a high school softball game, you need to be at Lakeview Park next Monday, Sept. 10.

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Quote of the week: “Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you but is not defined by your existence alone.” – John McCain

After continuous attacks by the president and a segment of the public, a poll just out has some good news for the media.

When proponents of a statewide ballot issue select Washington and The Missourian as a site for the kickoff of their campaign, it is noteworthy. It happened Wednesday when key leaders for Amendment 1 visited The Missourian to kick off their statewide campaign.

The University of Missouri - Columbia has bounced back from the disruption over racial issues a couple of years ago, and the new leadership appears to have the university back on track on a successful ride to higher heights.

It may not be exactly a David-Goliath battle, but proponents of Amendment 1, which will be on the November ballot, are the little people up against wealthy lobbyists and many legislators in pushing for major reforms in state government.

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Quote of the week: “People ask me, would you rather be feared or loved? Um easy, I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” – Michael Scott.

With the two former advisers to President Donald Trump convicted of criminal charges, it doesn’t help the image of POTUS, even though he wasn’t included in any of the charges.

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Quote of the week: “There are always greater fish than you have caught, always the lure of greater task and achievement, always the inspiration to seek, to endure, to find, always the beauty of the lonely stream and open sea; always the glory and dream of nature.” – Zane Grey

As usual, another historic date passed without any fanfare, or special attention. In 1945, Aug. 15 was the day that Japan surrendered to end the greatest war ever, World War II.

There was a time when the United States had many friends across the globe. That day is gone. We may have almost as many enemies as friends.

Drug overdoses are killing people in this country at a rate higher than deaths from HIV, auto accidents or gun deaths. It was surprising to learn that the overdose drug deaths outnumber the deaths from guns.

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Wannabe millionaires have acted on an idea and after working hard at developing it, they were successful. Usually, they endured some setbacks en route to success. They persevered and became wealthy.

The U.S. Senate Thursday approved a resolution affirming that “the press is not the enemy of the people.” The vote was unanimous. No senator raised objections to the resolution.

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Newspaper reader surveys often tell us what we already know. The National Newspaper Association conducted a readership survey and it found that 90 percent of the readers said their community newspaper keeps them informed.

With the solid defeat of Prop A — Right to Work — the after-the-election political quarterbacking about what’s next on this issue demonstrates there is no clear path ahead. The 67 percent to 32 percent defeat is about as convincing as any political issue can be.

The golf world’s eyes are focused on St. Louis where the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club is being played. Television will take the event to the far corners of the world.

In the coming weeks, students will be heading to colleges, many some distance from hometowns, while others will continue to live at home and attend community colleges. The best education buy for students is a community college, which is within financial reach of almost every family.

All signs point to a vigorous, costly and dirty fight leading up to the November election in the race for the U.S. Senate in Missouri. Incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, will face a bruising race from Republican Josh Hawley.

It’s more noticeable in the summer months because people are outside, walking, working on their lawns or flowers, or sitting on their decks. We are writing about the noise from vehicles, especially motorcycles. They are violating a municipal law — unnecessary noise or peace disturbance.

The remains of some of the military personnel who died in North Korea during the Korean War (1950-1953) have been returned and now are in Hawaii for analysis and identification. A U.S. military plane made a trip into North Korea to bring back the remains of 55 bodies, apparently soldiers kil…

When two industries in Washington decide to move their headquarters here, that’s good news. When the two industries make announcements of intended headquarters moves here almost back to back, that’s unusual, and may be a first for the city.

It is one of the main events at the Washington Fair — the Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction, which will begin at noon Saturday.

County Clerk Debbie Door, chief election official for Franklin County, has a good record in predicting voter turnout at elections. She said Tuesday’s primary election turnout may end up slightly higher than in previous primaries due to Prop A (Right to Work) being on the ballot.

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