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Friday 07/01/2016
Battleline — Legion Season Heats Up
Posted: July 01, 2016

And the hottest team in the Ninth District last night is...

Thursday 06/30/2016
Drowning in Disgust
Posted: June 30, 2016

The air is full of political talk. You can’t escape it. It comes at us from all directions. Nasty words are being flung about by many candidates.  Political endorsements are made. Money is being spent on campaigns that could be better used for other purposes.

Sunday 06/26/2016
A Good Idea
Posted: June 26, 2016

The Franklin County Area United Way has created a junior board. It’s a really good idea for many reasons. 

Friday 06/24/2016
Mike'd Up — Lebron the Legend
Posted: June 24, 2016

Every generation in sports has its All-Stars, its superstars, its Hall of Famers.

Thursday 06/23/2016
Drug Overdoses
Posted: June 23, 2016

If we had 12 deaths from a particular cause since the beginning of the year in Franklin County, it would be alarming  — there would be an all-out effort to try to end the epidemic.

Saturday 06/18/2016
Sen. Schatz Explains Gun Bill
Posted: June 18, 2016

To The Editor:

No matter how you opt to exercise your constitutional right to defend yourself, a bill on Gov. Nixon’s desk that I have been happy to champion would provide citizens with a wide range of self-defense options if the governor signs it into law. 

Lessons Learned?
Posted: June 18, 2016

In nearly every crime there are lessons to be learned by law enforcement officers. The experience gained can be useful in solving other crimes or preventing one from happening.

Friday 06/17/2016
Battleline — RAAM Headed Our Way
Posted: June 17, 2016

It’s not winter, but RAAM is coming.

Thursday 06/16/2016
Picked Up Along the Way
Posted: June 16, 2016

Mayor Sandy Lucy of Washington was overwhelmed with pride after attending the meeting of the highway commission in Kansas City last week. That was  the meeting in which the commissioners approved the contract to build the new bridge on Highway 47 over the Missouri River at Washington. Several of the commissioners complimented the Washington contingent on the city’s civic spirit. They remembered when the commission met in Washington several years ago. They remember the “Pennies for the Bridge” campaign, headed by the late Rosemary Hirschl. About $1,600 in pennies was given to the commission by schoolchildren, who collected the pennies.

Saturday 06/11/2016
Not to Be Trusted
Posted: June 11, 2016

It was no surprise that Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic nomination for president going into the national convention. Her chief opponent and antagonizer, Bernie Sanders, hasn’t quit and says he will fight her at the convention. Has he changed his mind due to the pressure put on him?

Friday 06/10/2016
Mike'd Up — Blues Broke Through
Posted: June 10, 2016

It didn’t end in a championship.

Getting Them Up the Hill . . .
Posted: June 10, 2016

Talk about getting a bus to transport people up the hills from Front Street to Main, Second and Elm streets, and other points of interest, has been going on ad nauseam in Washington.

Saturday 06/04/2016
‘Much Has Been Given . . .
Posted: June 04, 2016

Several words hit home at one of the commencement programs we attended recently. The words would have been appropriate many years ago — at any commencement. Whether they sunk in with the graduates, we don’t know.

Friday 06/03/2016
Battleline — Massive in Our Area
Posted: June 03, 2016

Welcome to the land of American Legion baseball.

Thursday 06/02/2016
Riverfront, Downtown Potential
Posted: June 02, 2016

The Washington City Council has agreed to allocate funds to improve the gravel parking lot just east of Rennick Riverfront Park, along the river. This would be a great improvement to the riverfront.

Saturday 05/28/2016
Military Memories
Posted: May 28, 2016

When Memorial Day rolls around every year, most veterans’ thoughts go back to their days and years in the military. There are good memories and bad ones.

Friday 05/27/2016
Mike'd Up — NFL Lies Again
Posted: May 27, 2016

The NFL is corrupt.

Thursday 05/26/2016
The Why Behind More Police Shootings
Posted: May 26, 2016

More people are being shot today by police — at least it seems that way. We don’t have statistics at hand to compare, say, to 10 to 20 years ago.

Saturday 05/21/2016
Women Like Men With Beards
Posted: May 21, 2016

Is it just a passing fad or are beards on men a permanent facial accessory? The beard-growing by men has entered all walks of life in America. Why the beard-growing?

Friday 05/20/2016
Battleline — How Much Is Too Much?
Posted: May 20, 2016

Can a good thing become a bad thing?

Thursday 05/19/2016
The People We Elect
Posted: May 19, 2016

With the 2016 regular session of the Missouri General Assembly just ended, groans and cheers are heard about legislation that failed or passed. But most of all is heard about the caliber of people who serve in public office.

Saturday 05/14/2016
Memory of V-E Day Fades
Posted: May 14, 2016

May 8 was V-E Day. It chiefly was ignored, even by the media. If you lived in the early 1940s, the memory of V-E Day lingers, never to be forgotten.

Friday 05/13/2016
Mike'd Up — Mizzou Issues Continue
Posted: May 13, 2016

It’s been a rough year for the university and the athletic department at Mizzou.

Thursday 05/12/2016
Questions About The Donald
Posted: May 12, 2016

Here’s an interesting question, along with thoughts: Suppose Donald Trump had run for president on the Democratic ticket? Is he really as liberal as most Democrats? Is that just a Republican mask he is wearing? 

Saturday 05/07/2016
Drop in Enrollment at Mizzou
Posted: May 07, 2016

The campus protests last fall at the University of Missouri - Columbia undoubtedly are one of the reasons for a drop in expected enrollment this coming fall. Another reason is that high schools are graduating fewer students due to a general dip in senior class sizes.  The enrollment rates are beginning to level off in institutions of higher learning, even at community colleges. The same is true at high schools.

Friday 05/06/2016
Battleline — Crazy Year for the Foxes
Posted: May 06, 2016

If you’re reading this sports section, it’s highly likely you know all you need to know about the Cardinals and Blues.

Wednesday 05/04/2016
Military Ball a Winner
Posted: May 04, 2016

It may have been the first Military Ball in Washington’s history. There is no question it was the first ever that involved the Navy Junior ROTC program that serves both Washington High School and St. Francis Borgia Regional High School. The event Saturday night at Our Lady of Lourdes parish hall was hosted by the Washington NJROTC Boosters, an organization that includes parents of the young men and women in the program.

Saturday 04/30/2016
Our Population
Posted: April 30, 2016

Franklin County’s population growth is puzzling since it is showing a downward trend since 2000. Before that, the county was showing steady growth with a high of 29 percent in the 1980 census.

Thursday 04/28/2016
Mike'd Up — Blues Exorcise Blackhawks
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 11:03 am

I went in to the Scottrade Center Monday hoping for the best, expecting the worst.

Friday 04/22/2016
Battleline — Can Two Football Leagues Survive?
Posted: April 22, 2016

Is Washington big enough for two youth football leagues?

Wednesday 04/20/2016
Note to Bernie Sanders
Posted: April 20, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders condemns big business and says if elected president he would tax them much more to pay for such items as a free college education for everybody. He never talks about where, if college education is free, and we have many more college graduates, are they going to find jobs? College graduates today have trouble finding jobs in their chosen fields.

Saturday 04/16/2016
Mizzou Is the Target
Posted: April 16, 2016

Missouri State in Springfield would love to topple the University of Missouri at Columbia and become No. 1 in the state’s circle of public institutions of higher learning.

Friday 04/15/2016
Mike'd Up — Can Blues Overcome Chicago?
Posted: April 15, 2016

Well, it’s that time of year again.

Thursday 04/14/2016
The Perplexity of an Election
Posted: April 14, 2016

More than just fire department officials are bewildered by the results of the three-issue fire district proposal that was on the ballot last week Tuesday.

Monday 04/11/2016
Keeping Up With Jones
Posted: April 11, 2016

I’m not sure if you heard it or not, but there was a collective sigh of relief shortly after noon Sunday — baseball is back.

Saturday 04/09/2016
Should College Athletes Be Paid?
Posted: April 09, 2016

Because it’s such a spectacle, the NCAA Final Four college basketball event, and the talent on the court, it’s the time of the year when talk is heard that college athletes should be paid or should not be paid. The debate has no end.

Friday 04/08/2016
Battleline — We Can Learn From Texas
Posted: April 08, 2016

It can seat the full population of any community in Franklin County.

Thursday 04/07/2016
Women and Clinton
Posted: April 07, 2016

If anybody assumes that Hillary Clinton will get the majority of the women’s vote because she is one of them, you are wrong, according to what this writer has learned.

Saturday 04/02/2016
Why Do They Run?
Posted: April 02, 2016

In every election for state offices, there  are names on the ballot that are unknowns. That prompts the question of why did they file, because they have no chance of winning.

Thursday 03/31/2016
March Madness Observations
Posted: March 31, 2016

You can’t escape March Madness. It’s like October and the World Series. People talk about the games, the players, the schools. It’s when the smaller schools have a chance to knock off the big universities. Underdogs have their day and even if victory eludes them, they are in the Big Dance.

Saturday 03/26/2016
Lions’ Contribution — Huge!
Posted: March 26, 2016

The Lions Club certainly was deserving to receive The Missourian’s Washingtonian Award. The 77-year-old club has been at the forefront of civic organizations in Washington so long that one wonders what5 the community would be like without the Lions. 

Friday 03/25/2016
Battleline — Upset for the Ages
Posted: March 25, 2016

Exactly 22 years ago today, the Missourian published accounts of the Owensville Dutchgirls finishing fourth in the Class 3A girls basketball state tournament.

Thursday 03/24/2016
Looking Back on the Primary
Posted: March 24, 2016

One of the eye-openers in looking over the results of the presidential preference primary election in Franklin County was that 70.10 percent of the voters who showed up at the polls last week Tuesday asked for a Republican ballot. That can be interpreted several ways.

Reflections on My Week in Washington
Posted: March 24, 2016

There is a certain charm to this place.

Saturday 03/19/2016
It Was Close in the State
Posted: March 19, 2016

After the presidential preference primary initial returns were reported for Missouri, we heard  “it was too close to call.” It was close with Hillary Clinton beating Bernie Sanders on the Democratic ticket, and Donald Trump edging Ted Cruz.

Friday 03/18/2016
Mike'd Up — End of an Era in Pro Sports
Posted: March 18, 2016

I can’t remember a time when Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant weren’t at the top of their respective professions.

Thursday 03/17/2016
Mailboxes Full of Requests for Money
Posted: March 17, 2016

People are bombarded with requests for donations from so many organizations that it makes an individual’s head swirl. The situation calls for setting priorities in giving, which most people do.  

Saturday 03/12/2016
More Study Needed
Posted: March 12, 2016

The Washington City Council tabled a proposed raise for municipal officials, and has formed a committee to look deeper into the matter. That was the smart thing to do.

Friday 03/11/2016
Battleline — An Early Look at 2016-17 Teams
Posted: March 11, 2016

Next season starts today.

Thursday 03/10/2016
Grant’s Farm and the Zoo
Posted: March 10, 2016

We don’t normally venture into St. Louis City and County very often in this column except when Franklin County is involved. Our county was mentioned as a possible participant in the St. Louis Zoo’s proposal to form a taxing district if the Zoo would be successful in acquiring Grant’s Farm. Zoo officials even visited with the county commission and conducted a telephone survey to get a sense of how the people in this county feel about it.