It is a never-ending argument — term limits for Missouri lawmakers. Forceful arguments can be made on both sides of term limits.

In the much anticipated presidential debate Monday night in the face-off between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, no winning touchdown was scored. That was no surprise.

One of the worries many people have if Hillary Clinton is elected president is the opportunity she will have in the next four years to appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court.

It was a surprise when we learned last Friday that the Columbia Daily Tribune had been sold to New Media Investment Group, Inc., which operates GateHouse Media, which is one of the largest publishers of print and online media outlets in the United States.

  • By Claudette White, Washington
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To The Editor:

On Saturday, Sept. 24, I was changing planes at BWI (Baltimore/Washington) airport. When I arrived at my gate, there were over 100 people and military waving flags, clapping, cheering, etc. It was the arrival of an “Honor Flight.”

  • By Karen Chrisco, Coordinator of Washington Meals on Wheels, Rita Kuchem, Coordinator of Volunteers, Sue Jones, Treasurer, Carol Hackmann, Intake Coordinator, All of Washington
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To The Editor:

Residents of Franklin County, it is not too late to support this year’s United Way campaign. 

  • The Wiersma Family, Pacific
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I would like to thank the mayor of Pacific and the board of aldermen for following through on my family’s concerns and requests.

  • Nick Schaedler, Washington
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Common courtesy and common sense have long been forgotten. I for one believe that when you are behind the wheel of a vehicle driving should be your ONLY task at hand.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The idea is hardly new. It’s probably as old as some century or older towns. Erect something big, unusual and interest-grabbing and the visitors will come.

  • EJ Rotert, Pacific
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The right and responsibility of voting. We hear a lot about it, especially every four years when the U.S. presidential election comes to town.

With the daily campaigns for president hitting us from all directions for many months, United States citizens have had it. Trivial campaign happenings make headlines and the evening television newscasts as breaking news.

Monday night’s presidential candidates’ debate has created much speculation due to the personalities involved, which adds to the potential for viewership.

There has been considerable publicity about money given to the campaign of Republican Eric Greitens, candidate for governor, by alleged sex-abuser Michael Goguen of California. Greitens has refused to return the money, $1 million, even though party members have questioned his refusal to retu…

Now that the action by the General Assembly to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the controversial gun bill, we are hearing from the silent majority who believe lawmakers are out of touch with the vast majority of people who have valid concerns.

  • By Sarah Maxwell, Archbold, Ohio
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To The Editor:

In your editorial “Atheist Group Triumphs” you write that Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) is an “anti-Christian” group. This is incorrect.

  • By Marilyn Wynne, Washington
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To The Editor:

First of all, I want to thank all vets for the service and sacrifices they made for our country.

  • By Linda Becker, Five-Year Participant, Union
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To The Editor:

Thanks to all who coordinated, helped, even many high schoolers, responded, fed, set up, supplied medals, food, prizes, and buildings, etc. A special thanks to all the participants. I personally talked to people from all over Missouri, Illinois and Texas.

  • By Jan Bruckdorfer, Ph.D.,
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To The Editor:

Currently one of the issues in the presidential campaign is the health of Hillary Clinton, Democratic candidate, and Donald Trump, Republican candidate.

Bernie Sanders started it and now Hillary Clinton is using the same line: Elect me and there will be free college education for everyone. That sounds good to get votes but it’s not likely to happen. And, the candidates know it!

The General Assembly voted to override several vetoes Gov. Jay Nixon gave to legislation that would give tax breaks to special interest groups. The governor then cut $57.2 million from the budget to balance it.

The warning signal is blaring about the coming of drones that are going to fill the sky. Federal aviation officials said there could be millions of drones crowding the nation’s skies in the not-too-distant future.

We thought it was a dead issue — the birthplace of President Barack Obama. It surfaced again when presidential candidate Donald Trump said at a press conference last Friday that Obama was born in the United States, “period.”

  • By Ann Schroeder, Union
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To The Editor:

Thank you, St. Charles County Commission, for standing up and doing the right thing. Not only for your county but for your neighbors in Franklin County. Good for you – good and faithful public servants.

  • By Amy Bonsall, Labadie
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To The Editor:

Bravo, St. Charles County councilors, and thank you for doing what elected officials should be doing, listening, evaluating and acting in the best interests of their citizens!

It is a fact that the study of humanities in the nation’s colleges and universities is on the decline. The emphasis is on technology, math and the sciences.

  • By Patricia Schuba, President of Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO), Labadie
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To The Editor:

Sept. 12, the St. Charles County Council met to learn more about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) pending decision on the adequacy and placement of sulfur dioxide (SO2) monitors around the Labadie Power Plant.

Millionaire professional football players who refuse to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag are displaying disrespect to a country that has given them opportunities they would not have living in other countries.

It’s a go for the westward expansion of the riverfront trail in Washington. The city has received word that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails Program grant has been approved. The amount of the grant is expected to be $150,000.

One lesson Congress has never learned is that budget cuts for the military can leave this country vastly unprepared for wars, which seem to be inevitable.

  • By Michael Alvey Missourian Sports Writer
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This week I find myself with so many thoughts on so many different topics, I have enough material to write five columns.

After the Hillary Clinton health issue that surfaced again when she had to leave a 9/11 anniversary memorial service early Sunday, the political campaign spotlight has focused on the candidates’ health.

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It’s been on the national level, a Supreme Court issue — campaign spending — and the freedom aspect of it, and it has trickled down to the county level, at least in Franklin County.

The black body count in Chicago is a national tragedy. So far this year nearly 3,000 people, black and white, have been shot in that city, an average of one victim every two hours.

A rural Missouri school district has eliminated any Christian elements from its schools after a complaint from a national atheist organization, according to the Missouri Family Policy Council.

As we prepare to enter the fall season, and it’s not so hot, many people enjoy the outdoors, which includes eating at Washington’s Front Street restaurants that have outdoor dining.

  • Richard E. Browning, P.E., Washington
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It is now 15 years since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which claimed almost 3,000 lives, including 421 emergency responders who perished in the destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers. It is difficult to believe that millions of children now in high school were not even born on that fateful day. A day that, in fact, changed the world forever.

  • Norma Veltre, Washington
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I have written two letters to The Missourian to say how grieved I am about abortion; however, I would like to assure any lady who has had this procedure that God is merciful, and He still loves you.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Secret Service agents are supposed to keep closed mouths as to what goes on at the White House while stationed there. Gary J. Byrne is among a few who have written books about their experiences there. Recently, the books have been about the Bill and Hillary Clinton years in the White House.

It really wasn’t a televised debate because the two candidates for president, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, weren’t face to face, and answered questions from the moderator and military veterans in a military setting. Each was on stage for 30 minutes Wednesday night.

The Franklin County Area United Way campaign has kicked off, the ball is in the air, and the goal is to score another victory. The goal is $1.1 million, most ever, but the leadership is confident the money can be raised.

All Americans were humiliated, or should have been, by the way the Chinese treated our president when he landed at Hangzhou, China, last week. What happened was an insult to the United States.

  • Peter Maurice, Washington
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The Aug. 28 Missourian was not delivered, or was filched from my porch. So it was not until yesterday, checking the online version, that I read Dr. Crane’s reply to my letter taking issue with his letter criticizing Trump. His courteous challenge deserves a response.

To the average citizen, the money given to political candidates is beyond comprehension. The money wasted on candidates who lose is staggering. And, how many donors is the winner beholden to?

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