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Saturday 12/27/2014
Thoughts Pass in Review
Posted: December 27, 2014

As the end of 2014 is near, some thoughts that have been building, and are pressing for release, are going to be passed on to our readers.

Thursday 12/25/2014
Housewright Insight: Top Sports Stories Of Year
Posted: December 25, 2014

The year 2014 was a tumultuous one to say the least, in and out of the sports world.

Saturday 12/20/2014
Parent Attention Needed
Posted: December 20, 2014

The Missourian published an editorial in Wednesday’s edition that really hit home. It was by our editor in St. Clair, Keith Domke, who was critical of the school district for not teaching cursive handwriting. It’s the same situation in other school districts and in many private schools.

Friday 12/19/2014
Battleline: Spring Assignments
Posted: December 19, 2014

With all of the focus on winter sports, not many people noted that MSHSAA released spring district assignments late last week.

Thursday 12/18/2014
Limitations Have Limitations
Posted: December 18, 2014

A federal judge in St. Louis has imposed some limits on what actions police can take during protests in Missouri. Officers must give demonstrators a reasonable chance to disperse before deploying tear gas and other chemical agents.

Saturday 12/13/2014
‘Partisan Second-Guessing’
Posted: December 13, 2014

The Senate investigation of interrogation methods of the CIA lacks credibility for a number of reasons. Perhaps it was best summed up by The Wall Street Journal, which said: “The report on CIA interrogation is a collection of partisan second-guessing.”

Thursday 12/11/2014
A Season of Confusion?
Posted: December 11, 2014

It is the season of giving. There is much goodwill in giving all around us. It must be at an all-time high. We are experiencing a record-year in giving.

Saturday 12/06/2014
United They Stand . . . On This Issue
Posted: December 06, 2014

It was refreshing to see that Missouri’s two U.S. senators are united in the issue of urging the U.S. Postal Service to delay the planned consolidation of up to 82 USPS mail processing centers, including two in Missouri.

Battleline — Turkey Tourney Thrilled
Posted: December 06, 2014

On the court, basketball fans were treated to another amazing set of games last week in the 62nd Annual St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Boys Basketball Tournament.

Thursday 12/04/2014
College Costs, Hungry Students
Posted: December 04, 2014

Food pantries at colleges and universities? One of the universities that plans a food pantry for hungry students is the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Saturday 11/29/2014
Hagel Was Frustrated
Posted: November 29, 2014

So, what else is going on other than Ferguson? Well, Chuck Hagel resigned as Defense Secretary. Rather he was forced out. That news was overshadowed by Ferguson.

Friday 11/28/2014
Housewright Insight: Fan or Fanatic, Is There a Difference?
Posted: November 28, 2014

Is there a difference between fan and fanatic?

Thursday 11/27/2014
Lost Opportunity
Posted: November 27, 2014

What happened in Ferguson, the criminal acts by enraged protesters, amounts to a missed opportunity to show the world that racial divides can be overcome, even under extreme circumstances. All of the efforts to avoid what happened last August when a white policeman shot and killed a black young man exploded into another firestorm Monday night that included looting, when a grand jury found the officer innocent of any wrongdoing.

Friday 11/21/2014
Nixon Taking Hits
Posted: November 21, 2014

Gov. Jay Nixon is taking a number of verbal hits in his handling of the Ferguson affair, which is difficult to say the least. We caught a portion of the Charlie Brennan show on KMOX Radio Wednesday and Democrat Nixon really was verbally assaulted. A guest was Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican.

Thursday 11/20/2014
Battleline: Be Smart With College Choices
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 4:20 pm

It’s the smart choice.

Saturday 11/15/2014
Housewright Insight: Should NFL Ban Alcohol Sales?
Posted: November 15, 2014

As I sat watching Sunday’s Chiefs and Bills game at the St. Louis Chiefs Fan Club meeting spot, Weber’s Front Row, I was reminded of a problem that seems to be worsening among NFL fans. That problem is binge drinking.

Friday 11/14/2014
General Unrest Over Ferguson
Posted: November 14, 2014

Speculation is rampant about what the grand jury verdict will be in the Michael Brown case in St. Louis County and what will happen after the verdict is known. Preparations are being made for the worst that could happen.

Thursday 11/13/2014
A Grateful Country
Posted: November 13, 2014

We say without reservation that the South Korean government and its people are more grateful to America than any other country the United States has helped — whether it be in times of war or for humanitarian assistance. The South Koreans recognized we saved their country from communist North Korea.

Saturday 11/08/2014
Veterans Day
Posted: November 08, 2014

For veterans, their annual day is full of memories. Some good. Some bad. For most of us, we’re just grateful. It could have been worse.

Thursday 11/06/2014
Battleline: Playoffs Bring Drama, Fun
Posted: November 06, 2014

It was all the human drama you could ever want to see.

Sign of the Times
Posted: November 06, 2014

The report that Franklin County will have a school safety director next year is a sign of the times. We live in a dangerous period. We would like to be optimistic about a safer America in the future, but we can’t imagine it at this time.

Saturday 11/01/2014
Moderates and Extremists
Posted: November 01, 2014

The mood of voters runs in cycles. In American history, there have been flashes of political extremism, moods of moderation and periods of conservatism. There is a current belief in some circles that the mood of many voters is more extreme than some of our elected officials who are far, far to the right, are tilting dangerously to the left.

Thursday 10/30/2014
Teacher Tenure
Posted: October 30, 2014

The writing is on the chalkboard — teacher tenure will end. Nobody knows when, but there are forces at work to end it. Attention to this issue has been heightened by a judge’s ruling in California that tenure violated the state’s Constitution. More court cases have been filed over this issue.

Wednesday 10/29/2014
Housewright Insight — Supporting KC Teams
Posted: October 29, 2014

Hello, Missourian readers.

Saturday 10/25/2014
Freeways to Byways
Posted: October 25, 2014

What to do about transportation? Specifically, highways, new and old. Transportation funding isn’t meeting today’s needs. People don’t like new taxes for transportation. Elected officials don’t want their names attached to any new taxes. They fear it would harm their re-election chances. In the meantime, maintenance needs mount up. Building new highways is being shelved.

Thursday 10/23/2014
Battleline — Rams are Making Strides
Posted: October 23, 2014

If the Kansas City Royals can make the World Series, anything is possible, right?

Wednesday 10/22/2014
For Political Junkies, This Book Is for You
Posted: October 22, 2014

If you like insider politics ad nauseam, this book is for you. The title is “Blood Feud,” or the Clintons vs. the Obamas, by Edward Klein, author of the No. 1 New York Times best seller “The Amateur.”

Saturday 10/18/2014
Legendary in Service — the Lions Club
Posted: October 18, 2014

From the day it was organized 75 years ago, the Washington Lions Club has been focused on service to the community. It has had some ups and downs. It’s been mostly ups.

Wednesday 10/15/2014
View From the Peake: Borgia Should Be Ranked
Posted: October 15, 2014

What else do they have to do?

Oppenheimer's Loyalty
Posted: October 15, 2014

If you asked a young person today who J. Robert Oppenheimer was, he or she might say, movie or rock star, maybe a great athlete. Of course, he was none of those. He was a main architect of the development of the atomic bomb for the United States.

Saturday 10/11/2014
Those Cardinals . . .
Posted: October 11, 2014

October belongs to the Cardinals. 

Thursday 10/09/2014
Battleline: Looking at District Tournaments
Posted: October 09, 2014

Believe it or not, the fall sports season is starting to wind down.

Wednesday 10/08/2014
Newspapers Survive All Competition
Posted: October 08, 2014

When radio came through the airways, they said it would kill newspapers. When television came on the screen, that would be the end of newspapers, they said. When the Internet and social media became more than a fad, we heard it would be the end of the printed word.

Saturday 10/04/2014
Needs Greater, Fewer Soldiers
Posted: October 04, 2014

How often have we heard from President Barack Obama that no “boots on the ground” will be deployed to hot spots around the globe? We’ve heard it often, and gradually we have more “boots on the ground” in foreign countries.

Friday 10/03/2014
View From the Peake: Jones Makes Rookie Mark
Posted: October 03, 2014

It’s hard to fathom, but it’s true —  Ryan Jones is a football rookie.

Thursday 10/02/2014
Lessons From Ferguson
Posted: October 02, 2014

There are lessons to be learned from Ferguson. Experience always is the best teacher. Mistakes were made that will be remembered and attempts will be made to avoid them in the future. Law enforcement officers were not prepared for what happened in Ferguson, where unrest exploded after a policeman shot an unarmed youth who was black last month. It was a challenge for journalists also, most of whom had not covered an incident quite like this one.

Friday 09/26/2014
Americans Are So Fortunate
Posted: September 26, 2014

While Americans are enjoying their usual activities that flood calendars with enjoyable events this time of the year, millions of people in other nations are being uprooted from their homes, even from their countries, while others are being killed or wounded, or are suffering from Ebola and other diseases.

Thursday 09/25/2014
Battleline: What Have We Learned?
Posted: September 25, 2014

A month into the fall sports season, what have we learned?

Wednesday 09/24/2014
Security Begins at Home
Posted: September 24, 2014

It was a bit unsettling that a man jumped over the fence at the White House and made it all the way through the front door before being stopped last Friday evening. Much of the White House was evacuated. The president and his family had just left the White House when the man scaled the north fence.

Saturday 09/20/2014
Out-of-Touch Lawmakers
Posted: September 20, 2014

If members of the General Assembly had been in touch with their constituents, perhaps some of them would not have supported legislation that permits teachers and administrators to be armed with guns. As it is, we now have a law in Missouri that permits teachers and administrators, and other personnel, to be armed with guns.

Thursday 09/18/2014
Texting While Driving, Laws
Posted: September 18, 2014

We have mentioned before that there is a general feeling that this nation has too many laws, and our freedoms gradually are being eroded. With that, we also have mentioned that technological advances have called for many new laws over the years.

Wednesday 09/17/2014
View From the Peake: True Festival of Distance Running
Posted: September 17, 2014

It was like a state meet without the tension and with more of a party atmosphere.

Saturday 09/13/2014
Reflection on How the People Feel?
Posted: September 13, 2014

As expected, the Missouri General Assembly voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of legislation requiring a 72-hour delay for an abortion. It is one of the nation’s most stringent waiting periods.

Wednesday 09/10/2014
Battleline: Scheer Lifts Hobart SEABL South Title
Posted: September 10, 2014

At some point, everyone imagines they’re making the winning shot at the end of the game.

The Big Guys and (Gals) Make Mistakes, Too . . .
Posted: September 10, 2014

For some unexplained reason — except we all are humans — journalists far and wide when covering the Washington Town and Country Fair, and others, call the event a county Fair. It is not a county Fair — it’s a Washington Fair. It has all the earmarks of a traditional county Fair except that it is the Town and Country Fair.

Tuesday 09/09/2014
MU’s Impact on Washington and Franklin County
Posted: September 09, 2014

One of the ways that economic development in Franklin County gets a boost is through its business start-ups and entrepreneurs, with an assist from the local University of Missouri Extension Office. During 2013, Franklin County residents were able to take advantage of small business workshops at the Franklin County Extension Office, where they learned how to successfully start, run and expand a business. As a result of this training, one new business and 27 new jobs were created in the county, and another 136 jobs were retained, during 2013.

The Big Guys and (Gals) Make Mistakes, Too...
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 8:15 am

For some unexplained reason — except we all are humans — journalists far and wide when covering the Washington Town and Country Fair, and others, call the event a county Fair. It is not a county Fair — it’s a Washington Fair. It has all the earmarks of a traditional county Fair except that it is the Town and Country Fair.

Saturday 09/06/2014
We Should Do the Same . . .
Posted: September 06, 2014

The St. Charles City Council the past week passed an ordinance to prohibit texting while driving regardless of the age of the driver. The mayor is expected to sign the measure. There is a state law that makes it illegal for motorists age 21 and under to text while driving.

Thursday 09/04/2014
Guns and Children . . . Debate After Death
Posted: September 04, 2014

By now most Americans know of the death of a firing range instructor, shot while attending to a 9-year-old girl who was shooting an Uzi submachine gun. The weapon recoiled and the instructor, standing next to the girl, was shot in the head. The weapon was firing automatic rounds.

Wednesday 09/03/2014
View From the Peake: Baylard Stands Out
Posted: September 03, 2014

Justin Baylard heard the doubters all week long.