When Republican Eric Greitens defeated Democrat Chris Koster in the governor’s race in November, it was a foregone conclusion that Missouri would become a right-to-work state. 

It’s not going to make or break North Dakota, but the governor of that state got booted from the Senate chamber because he wore jeans while posing for a photo with visiting high school students.

Ferguson is still in the news. It’s a political correctness issue now and it’s amazing how long the reach is of out-of-control sensitivity.

“Fear is not a good advisor in politics.” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Security Conference gathering of Western leaders in Munich, Germany. She also makes the point that countries driven by fear will not control their future.

  • John B. Crane, MD, Washington
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I’ve  recently been thinking a lot about freedom of the press. Most of our citizens know, when we’re not taking it for granted, that it has always been a vital part of the foundation of our United States, and among other things it helps to keep politicians honest. (Is that an oxy-moron or what?)

Often the word hero is used too freely. People often refer to anybody who is in the military service, or is a veteran, as a hero. Veterans will be the first to tell you they really were not a hero.

  • Mary Lee West, Washington
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What are you? Always right or always wrong? A Christian, a Republican, Democrat, Independent, a divider or uniter, a follower of the law? Or a thinker for oneself, can do no wrong?

There was good news from the Missouri Department of Economic Development last week. Kansas City has landed a company that is moving its headquarters to Kansas City, that is expected to create 300 new jobs in the state.

Transportation improvements in Missouri are one of those “everybody agrees more funding is needed” but nobody will take the lead in solving the problem. There have been minor moves to increase funding but it’s a wall nobody wants to climb.

End zones in football often are where the main action is — that’s where the scoring takes place. However, end zones are hardly the most popular place to view the game. That’s going to change at MU.

The approval of the Bi-State Development Agency board in approving membership for Franklin County has to be looked at as a long-range move to eventually expand transit services to the county.

  • Donald A. Schulte, Washington
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When a president takes the oath of office he takes the oath of office to execute the office of president and to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, with the Executive Powers Act that includes protecting the United States from our enemies.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The second annual Military Ball held last weekend was a successful mission for cadets in the Naval Junior ROTC program for students at Washington High School and St. Francis Borgia Regional High School.

  • Rebecca Voelkerding, Washington School Board Member
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On Monday, Feb. 6, I attended the Washington City Council meeting in order to express my opinions about the TIF agreement being considered by the council for the Front Street Renovation Project.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s actions in the confirmation process of President Donald Trump’s nominees for cabinet positions have manufactured widespread opinions that she is off and running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

We weren’t surprised there was opposition to the creation of a Tax Increment Financing district to assist a major Washington redevelopment project along the riverfront.

  • Richard E. Browning, P.E., Washington
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It appears that Bev Ehlen does not agree with my criticism of Israel and the vote by Rep. Luetkemeyer condemning U.N. Security Resolution 2334 and that she thinks Israel is one of our great allies. Without knowing how much Ms. Ehlen knows about the creation of the State of Israel it is difficult to present a complete list of facts in the short space that the The Missourian will allow me.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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More and more Democrats — that is, the party members on the street — will tell you they believe the national level needs new faces, new leaders.

For those Super Bowl TV viewers who considered the game over when Atlanta cruised to a 25-point lead, well, they don’t know the New England Patriots’ knack for coming from behind. The Patriots rallied to tie the game and then won in overtime, 34-28.

  • Alan Bell, New Haven
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There continues to be a lot of energy and passion directed to the abortion issue by both opponents and proponents. I would hope that as much energy and passion would go into making sure that the unplanned and unwanted children who are born into the world are protected and cared for in their childhood.

We all know immigrants have since the beginning of America helped to supply a workforce that was needed to boost productivity. They have made many U.S. companies grow and prosper, and have added to our high standard of living.

  • Cecilia Gray, St. Louis
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Not surprisingly, a shill for animal abuse industries is saddened to see the end of the era of elephants and other wild animals being carted across the country for entertainment’s sake (“Sad day for folks who enjoy animals,” letters, Feb. 1.)

It doesn’t seem possible that Sunday’s Super Bowl game in Houston will be the 51st in the history of the classic. For those of us who remember that first Super Bowl, it’s a reminder of  how quickly time marches on. In that first game, in 1967, Green Bay defeated Kansas City, 35-10.

To serve as a volunteer fireman for 65 years is a remarkable feat. Don Hahne has served that long with the Washington Fire Department. He was recognized at the recent Ladies Night Banquet, which is the department’s largest social event of the year.

  • Dolores Schwaller, Washington
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The fuss about abortion was ignited because of a suggestion that Planned Parenthood be defunded as a provider of abortions and taxpayers’ money should not be used for this organization.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Gov. Eric Greitens has gotten off to a terrible start in setting an example to lawmakers, and to all Missourians, in regard to transparency. Why is he hiding the donors who have been backing him?

  • Judith Kaye Gibson, Washington
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Regarding the article titled “Over 1 Million Rallied at Women’s Marches — In Cities Around the World” in the Jan. 25 Missourian.

  • Scott Potter, Washington
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Many people voted last fall for change. They voted hoping to affect our future. I believe they voted with the best of intentions, but good intentions do not always end in good results.

President Donald Trump appears to have made an excellent choice as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court in Neil Gorsuch. But as expected, the Democrats will do everything they can do to block confirmation.

The No. 1 cause of car crashes is distraction — diverting attention away from operating a vehicle safely. 

  • Mark Serafino, New Haven
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A recent letter published here, titled “Woman Defends Planned Parenthood,” gives excellent facts to support her opinion. However, there is one fact that neither the writer, nor any other “defender” of Planned Parenthood, is willing to address — that abortion is murder!

  • Union Resident
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Jan. 27, 2017, ironically Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Trump signed a heart-wrenching immigration policy. Some applauded it, those with respect for the Constitution shivered over it and anyone with empathy mourned because of it. 

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The Franklin County jail is overcrowded. Our prisons in Missouri are bulging at the seams because of the overcrowding. It’s also a nationwide issue.

Sen. John McCain was right when he said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s immigration order last weekend has resulted in confusion. The Trump ban also has caused some anger, such as stopping even green card holders.

Most Americans have never heard of the Congressional Review Act (CRA). It gives Congress the means to overturn regulations from the nation’s chief executive, more specifically, orders from the president.

Amazon, as of Wednesday, Feb. 1, began to collect the state sales tax in Missouri. The online company announced last week that it would collect the state sales tax, which is 4.225 percent.

  • Doug Glatz, Washington
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Where does respect begin?

Kudos to Bill Battle! Please read his article “What Happened to Respect?” in the Jan. 25 Missourian sports section.

The General Assembly debates all kinds of bills and one that has caught the attention of lawmakers is whether hair braiding should be regulated in Missouri.

Generally speaking, President Donald Trump has received high marks for his nominees for key posts in his administration. One of those nominees, who has been confirmed by the Senate, is John F. Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, as secretary of homeland security.

  • Will Coggin, Research Director, Center for Consumer Freedom, Washington, D.C.
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The closing of the Ringling Bros. circus isn’t just a sad day for families who enjoy seeing animals in person and the hundreds of workers who face layoffs. It also signifies that more institutions could be soon under attack from radical animal liberation activists who have a “by any means necessary” approach.

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