At the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Columbia and after  viewing the work of the inductees, it reminded us again the fact that photojournalists record history with their photos.

President Donald Trump invites criticism with so many of his actions, and he deserves it in many of the incidents. However, it is his use of some words that leave him open for criticism.

  • Wilma (Willy) Boenker, Washington
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I am relating a traffic incident which serves as a reminder to drivers who ignore crosswalks and also the need for more traffic safety training for one school bus driver.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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The search is on for the perfect Halloween costume. As a kid, I never really had to worry about finding a costume every year because I would be the same character for consecutive Halloweens.

The National Football League (NFL) has taken another hit. Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco quarterback, who started all this unpatriotic kneeling when the national anthem is played before games, has filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging collusion.

The 13th class of inductees into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame will be recognized Thursday in ceremonies in Columbia. The Photojournalism Hall of Fame was established in Washington in 2005. After 10 years in Washington, the Hall of Fame was moved to Columbia.

John Behrer has retired from the Shaw Nature Reserve at Villa Ridge after a 39-year career there, 35 years as superintendent/director. The 2,400-acre Reserve made steady progress under his guidance.

For many political years, Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt have joined forces in support of Missouri projects. They may disagree when it comes to some issues, but when it’s for the betterment of Missouri, political parties are cast aside and they work together.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety have issued a challenge to drivers this Friday. It’s Buckle Up, Phone 

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Franklin County has an 1818 Corporation that is spearheading the observance of the birth of the county 200 years ago. The county also has a Bicentennial Committee that will direct the 200th anniversary events and overall celebration.

  • Bill Miller Sr.
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Sen. Claire McCaskill believes that a member of Congress should meet with the home folks, face to face, and that’s why she is holding Town Hall meetings across the state. She held her 46th in Washington Wednesday.

The city traffic commission has debated the closing of Cedar Street between the parish school buildings for one block between Second and Third streets. The street is barricaded to protect children while crossing the street, or at times when students are playing in the street.

When presidents of the United States can’t get what they want in legislation, they use executive orders to accomplish almost the same thing. Most presidents in recent years have used executive orders to move their agendas.

Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a pro football game at Indianapolis when a dozen of the members of the San Francisco team dropped to their knees when the national anthem was played. He said he will not dignify any event that shows disrespect for “our soldiers, our flag or our nationa…

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Decorating for Halloween has been an ongoing family tradition since I can remember.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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A study last year sponsored by the National Rural Health Association found that 673 rural hospitals were at a risk of closing, and 210 are considered to be at an extreme risk for closing.

You can’t blame Warren County leaders for wanting their own community college. They understand the critical role community colleges play in workforce development. Companies can’t find enough qualified, skilled workers to fuel growth. It’s the same story across the state.

  • James Goggan, Washington
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Michael Gerson’s commentary of 10/4/17, concerning Judge Roy Moore of Alabama makes me wonder about the source of Gerson’s vitriol, given his original educational and religious influences.

It came as no surprise Tuesday when Attorney General Josh Hawley announced he will run for the U.S. Senate on the Republican ticket in 2018. If successful, he will face Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, in the general election next year. McCaskill is not expected to have any trouble winning the Democrat primary election.

  • Judge Larry Davis (Ret.), Union
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It caused me great sadness when I learned of the death of Ken Allen last fall. Reading the recent article placed in this newspaper by his daughter renewed that sadness to an even greater degree.

  • Charles G. Coy, Washington
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“Don’t be selfish, Melba!” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. charged a tearful, 16-year-old Melba Pattillo as she hesitated to attend Little Rock’s Central High School in September 1957.

  • John B. Crane, Washington
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Every time our “leader” seems to reach his absolute lowest, he manages to go down yet another level, this time to that of evil.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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What caused a normal-appearing man to suddenly explode and become a mass murderer? Authorities are trying to get into the deceased head of Stephen Paddock, the shooter in the Las Vegas massacre, to discover a motive. With 59 dead and more than 500 injured, what he did is the worst massacre i…

Actions by law enforcement officers during the protest marches in St. Louis during the unrest, due to a judge finding a white police officer not guilty of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a drug dealer suspect, who was black, are being investigated.

The AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety said a study made by a University of Utah professor on the impact of infotainment systems on new car dashboards has created a safety problem for drivers who are distracted by the technology.

Sen. Roy Blunt spoke on the Senate floor the past week in support of tax reform, and what he said, we believe, is what all Missourians want in our tax code. What he said has been said before but Congress has never been able to produce the reforms because of pressure from special interest groups.

The College of the Ozarks, near Branson, announced that it won’t play any team whose players don’t stand for the national anthem.

  • By Bill Battle Missourian Sports Editor
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Every once in a while, I’ll make a check through various websites just to see what fans are saying and to try and get a feel for what to put in these columns.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Recently, my favorite singer Kelly Clarkson released two new songs from her new album “Meaning of Life.” I have been a Kelly fan since she won “American Idol” when I was 9 years old in 2002.

  • Alice Whalen, Executive Director, East Central Area Literacy Council
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There are more than 10,000 people in the East Central College service area who didn’t graduate high school. They are three times more likely to be in poverty, four times more likely to be in poor health and eight times more likely to be incarcerated than the rest of the population.

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson is trying to reach out to North Korea to see if something can be done to control that country’s nuclear weapons development. President Donald Trump said Tillerson is “wasting his time.”

There are still a few months to go in year 2017, but right now the leader for the Dumber Than Dumb Award in Government is Dr. Tom Price, who just resigned as Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Last week at the Missouri Press Association annual convention in Springfield, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft talked about the Safe at Home program. Since it was enacted in Missouri in 2007, we haven’t heard much about it lately.

  • Joseph Aubuchon, Washington
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Bill Halmich’s remarks about the Vietnam Memorial were the most eloquent and accurate I have ever heard.

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