Two front page stories in Wednesday’s Missourian provide a good sense of the severity of the opioid epidemic in this area.

The Missouri House is advancing a bill that would ban marriages of children ages 14 years old or younger. Under current law, children ages 15-17 can get married with permission from a parent. Those younger than 15 need approval from a judge.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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One of the primary responsibilities of government is to provide protection for people in its jurisdiction. We have taken “protection” for granted. That no longer is a “given.”

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Quote of the week: “We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to be third.”

  • Charles G. Coy, Washington
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I need not tell you that the American populace has a rather conflicted opinion of their chief executive.

Several bills have been filed in the Missouri Legislature this session that would gut the Missouri Historic Tax Credit (MHTC) program.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens last week said he does not support a gas tax hike to fund the state’s crumbling infrastructure. Furthermore, he doesn’t want to see the question go before voters. Despite that opposition, State Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, has filed a bill to raise the state tax …

A recent report that single-family home construction was up again in 2017 in Washington is good news for the community.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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No one by now should be surprised by the odoriferous air that blows in the White House. President Donald Trump needs to look into buying in bulk air fresheners to do something about the stench.

In October 2017 President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public “health emergency,” but since then there has been no urgency by his administration to address the nationwide problem and wave of overdoses.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The eyes of the world will be on South Korea (with glances to the North) for the Olympic Games, which are underway at Pyeongchang in South Korea.

  • Daniel M. Buescher, Former Prosecutor 1970-1981, Washington
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In the first place, nearly any death that occurs in the commission of a first-degree burglary constitutes a felony murder and any prosecutor worth his pay knows this and could try the case to a conviction, especially when the coroner in this case reported that Mr. Allen’s death was caused by choking and not by the position in which the burglars had tied him up.

At least one Missouri lawmaker wants the state House to suspend its intern program and further strengthen its sexual harassment policies amid an increase in complaints about inappropriate conduct over the past couple of years.

The tax cut bill President Trump signed at Christmas gave Americans a reason to celebrate. Last week’s Treasury Department announcement on the deficit was the hangover that followed.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Have our nation’s elected officials reached a new low of untrustworthiness? We are seeing it on the state and federal levels.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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We have listened to State  of the Union addresses by American presidents for so many years and we can tell you very few have been overwhelmingly inspiring. A number of presidents have had better speechwriters than others.

We have full confidence that East Central College will address the areas of concern identified by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and will come out a stronger institution as President Jon Bauer has promised.

When supporters of a recreational trail in the right of way of the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad made their case in the early 1980s, there was stiff opposition from landowners along the route.

Republican state lawmakers are pushing back on $68 million in cuts to higher education proposed by Gov. Eric Greitens in the $28.7 billion budget he released this week.

 

There is much blame to go around and others still to be held accountable for the widespread and unconscionable behavior of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor who was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting girls and women under the guise of medical treatment.

  • Submitted by Jon Bauer, East Central College President
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For the last 50 years, East Central College has provided a quality and affordable education to the community. We have been dedicated to continuous improvement as an institution, and we strive to be a dynamic, innovative college of choice for our community.

Embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens vowed he is not resigning in the wake of an acknowledged affair and allegations of blackmail involving his former hairstylist.

  • Doug Glatz, Washington
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Reply to Editorial: “It’s the Economy, Stupid.” Seventy percent of Franklin County voters voted for Trump. Yet The Missourian, by its own admission, confesses to “devoting a lot of space on the editorial page to criticizing the president.”

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