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Saturday 07/26/2014
Observations, Heard on the Street . . .
Posted: July 26, 2014

It’s very emotional with some people — the Washington annexation proposal on the Aug. 5 ballot. Some people also are having a problem understanding the fact that Washington voters will be given eight ballots. They will vote on annexation on eight individual parcels of land. People in the areas proposed for annexation will vote on only the tract they live in.

Wednesday 07/23/2014
View From the Peake: VanLeer Hopes to Stand Out
Posted: July 23, 2014

Cullen VanLeer just wants to stand out.

Many Questions About That 777 Crash
Posted: July 23, 2014

The tragic crash of that Boeing 777 over a war zone has dominated the news. Unanswered questions fill the air like swarms of birds looking for food. Accusations of who was to blame pumps speculations about the firing of that evil missile like water gushing from a broken fire hydrant. Was it a Russian who pulled the trigger on the sophisticated equipment that fired the missile 33,000 feet into the fuselage of the airline with 283 passengers aboard with 15 crew members?

Friday 07/18/2014
Another Blow to Troop Morale
Posted: July 18, 2014

We thought we had heard the most severe blow to Army morale with the handling of the Bergdahl desertion case, but, wait, there’s something else for which there hasn’t been much publicity. Pink slips are being sent to our soldiers in the war zone. The message is we don’t need you after your deployment in Afghanistan is over!

Thursday 07/17/2014
Battleline: Feast or Famine For Legion Programs
Posted: July 17, 2014

It’s been feast or famine this season for area American Legion baseball fans.

Wednesday 07/16/2014
The Clinton Money Machine
Posted: July 16, 2014

Bill, Hillary and now their daughter Chelsea Clinton may go down in American history as the most zealous, unconscionable, politically mercenary family that ever dwelled in the White House. It must be added Bill and Hillary are bright, possessing gifted personalities, and are relentless political fundraisers.

Saturday 07/12/2014
Faces Never Forgotten Project
Posted: July 12, 2014

In our Wednesday edition, we published a notice about the “Faces Never Forgotten” project that is being sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation. We all are aware of the national Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., that has the names of the nearly 59,000 men and women who served our country and died in Vietnam during the long war in the 1960s and 1970s. Now photos are being sought of those killed in the fighting. They will be displayed at the The Wall’s Education Center in Washington, D.C., and online.

Thursday 07/10/2014
View From the Peake: Mort's Jeter Adventure
Posted: July 10, 2014

Zach Mort idolizes, loves and worships Derek Jeter.

Wednesday 07/09/2014
Is It or Isn't It . . . Forced?
Posted: July 09, 2014

We’ve heard enough about it to smile rather than yawn. We’re talking about the “no” annexation signs in Washington that use the word “forced.”

Friday 07/04/2014
Independence Lives!
Posted: July 04, 2014

Independence is the trademark of Americans. It was there in 1776, and it still lives today. However, the changing times have bombarded our independence and we aren’t as free as Americans once were.

Thursday 07/03/2014
Battleline: Crunch Time for Legion Teams
Posted: July 03, 2014

It’s crunch time for area American Legion baseball teams.

Saturday 06/28/2014
Gasoline Tax Hike Unreal . . .
Posted: June 28, 2014

The opponents of a sales tax for transportation, which will be on the ballot in August, often say there should be an increase in the state gasoline tax — let the users pay for improvements — rather than hit the people with a sales tax increase. The argument of “let the users pay for improvements” sounds appealing except under today’s circumstances it doesn’t hold air in a single tire.

Wednesday 06/25/2014
View From The Peake: Cardinals Have Been Frustrating
Updated: June 27, 2014 - 10:59 am

A stellar pitching performance is wasted.

Thursday 06/19/2014
Bracing for Hillary . . .
Posted: June 19, 2014

Whatever happens, Hillary Clinton will go down in America’s political history as unique, loved, hated, overflowing with ambition, resilient, uncontrolled aggressiveness, a tendency to move away from the truth, toughness, hot tempered, knowledgeable, greedy, great campaigner, often unforgiving, cunning, politically smart, high priority to protecting her image, keen planner and so on and on with a treasury of adjectives to label her. Can one person possess all of these characteristics? Somehow Hillary has managed to do so.

Saturday 06/14/2014
The Washington Reputation . . .
Posted: June 14, 2014

Washington in general enjoys a favorable reputation in almost every category of living requirements. Visitors often express very favorable views of Washington.

Thursday 06/12/2014
The Media and Bergdahl . . .
Posted: June 12, 2014

It is an accepted fact that generally Big Media tilts in varying degrees to the left of the political middle, which brings us to the latest surge to protect the Obama administration in the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl saga. A story Sunday on the front page of The New York Times reported Bergdahl was a member of a rather “raggedy” unit at the outpost where the sergeant deserted from about five years ago. As if that is an excuse for desertion.

Wednesday 06/11/2014
View From the Peake: How About Adding Tennis?
Posted: June 11, 2014

More options equal increased opportunities.

Saturday 06/07/2014
Looking Ahead to Oddball’s Trial
Posted: June 07, 2014

The reports keep coming in about that oddball, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the deserter turned hero by the Obama administration, and if he ever is tried in an Army court, he probably won’t have much trouble proving he was mentally troubled. 

Thursday 06/05/2014
Battleline: Never-Ending Track Meet
Posted: June 05, 2014

Anna Houston didn’t want her senior season to end.

Wednesday 06/04/2014
Remembering D-Day Is Important . . .
Posted: June 04, 2014

verage Americans in their late teens and early 20s and 30s do not know why the date June 6, 1944, is significant in American history. They also don’t know what D-Day means.

Saturday 05/31/2014
Timing Leads to All Kinds of Speculation . . .
Posted: May 31, 2014

Timing of elections on issues of great interest certainly is a factor in what the outcomes may be. The issue out front is the proposed three-quarter-cent sales tax proposal for transportation that the General Assembly agreed to put on the ballot. For a while, with some lawmakers, it appeared placing it on the ballot to let voters decide somehow would indicate a vote in favor of the tax. However, most of the lawmakers did the correct thing — let the voters decide.

Thursday 05/29/2014
Hungry Students, Families
Posted: May 29, 2014

We were taken aback while reading reporter Karen Butterfield’s story about a local food program in the Weekend Missourian. Do we have that many families that need gifts of food to survive in this area? Apparently, the need is there.

Wednesday 05/28/2014
View From the Peake — Can a Coach Still Be a Disciplinarian In 2014?
Posted: May 28, 2014

Traversing the highways to Washington from southeast Kansas back in April provided me with a lot of time to think.

Saturday 05/24/2014
Remembering the Numbers . . .
Posted: May 24, 2014

When we pause this Memorial Day to remember departed military members, a look at the numbers killed in this nation’s wars causes a longer pause. They call killed in combat, or death from other causes while serving, the ultimate sacrifice. No one will argue that point.

Thursday 05/22/2014
Political Oddity — Could It Happen?
Posted: May 22, 2014

When visiting with U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt Saturday, prior to his commencement talk at East Central College, the thought came, this man might well be a candidate for president, or vice president. Maybe in 2016? When mentioning that, Republican Sen. Blunt did what seasoned politicians do, indicating those possibilities weren’t his focus at this time.

Wednesday 05/21/2014
Battleline — Legion Season Is Back
Posted: May 21, 2014

It’s that time of the year again.

Friday 05/16/2014
Disinvitation Season
Posted: May 16, 2014

There are hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of college and university graduates who today could not tell you who the speakers were at their graduation ceremonies. Does this open the questioning of the value of having a “big name” graduation speaker?

Thursday 05/15/2014
View From the Peake: Lady Jays Make Track Statement
Posted: May 15, 2014


Wednesday 05/14/2014
Misdirected Values
Posted: May 14, 2014

Last week, as every American knows, was the National Football League (NFL) draft. Newspapers and the air waves were filled with the draft news, especially cities where there is a NFL team. Mizzou garnered considerable attention because of the Tigers’ talent players.

Friday 05/09/2014
It’s a Reasonable Plan . . . Justified
Posted: May 09, 2014

or the life of us, we can’t understand why some people are opposed to annexation by the city of Washington. What is being proposed now is a reasonable plan. It is heartening that the council has decided to move ahead on the south and east areas proposed for annexation. The west plan, which contains several proposals, is being given additional consideration.

Truman Naming
Posted: May 09, 2014

Missouri’s two U.S. senators, Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, have introduced legislation to name the train station in Washington, D.C., after Missouri’s Harry S. Truman, who was president from 1945 to 1953. It would be called the Harry S. Truman Union Station.

Mother’s Day 2014
Posted: May 09, 2014

We observe many “days.” They are usually designated to direct attention and gratitude to a person, event, activity, organization and a cause. They are “days” of remembrance and thanksgiving.

Beware of Phishing Scams
Posted: May 09, 2014

For the second week in a row, local bank customers have been being targeted by “phishing” scams designed to separate them from the cash in their accounts.

Battleline: District Should Be Interesting
Posted: May 09, 2014

Things change quickly in the sports world.

Wednesday 05/07/2014
Birth Date of Great Missourian . . .
Posted: May 07, 2014

Thursday, May 8, is the birthday of Harry Truman. He is the greatest Missourian ever in the minds of many students of history, including some of the Republican faith.

Friday 05/02/2014
He Made a Point . . .
Posted: May 02, 2014

Listening to Mike Peters, a Mercy Hospital legislative specialist out of Springfield, discuss state matters as to health care, he made a poignant point. He said the state was ready to give everything but the kitchen sink to Boeing, a company seeking a site to build a new plant to build airplanes, but doesn’t give enough thought to a home industry that has a huge economic impact — our hospitals and related facilities. He gave Mercy Hospital Washington ambassadors numbers to prove his point.

Wednesday 04/30/2014
Battleline — Go See ECC On Friday
Posted: April 30, 2014

If you get a chance, head over to Union Friday afternoon to support the East Central College softball Falcons as they attempt to qualify for the NJCAA Division II national softball tournament.

Tampering With Education . . .
Posted: April 30, 2014

There’s nothing wrong with changing education standards as long as the end result is improved products of the system. We all know tampering with many of the basics in education have had dire results, along with a dumbing down of requirements for advancement. Then there have been the social problems in which children are being sent to school with near zero preparation from the home environment. Many, many years ago kindergartens were established to better prepare children for the first grade. Now we have preschool programs for the very young since the need has been determined beyond a reasonable doubt.

Saturday 04/26/2014
Humbling Experience, Day to Remember . . .
Posted: April 26, 2014

For military veterans, Honor Flight is a day they always will remember — the applause from people, their greetings of “thank you for your service,” the hugs given to veterans in wheelchairs, the genuine respect afforded by people of all ages, especially from women and young girls, and, of course, what they viewed in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday 04/23/2014
Battleline: Area Athletes Excel Around Sports World
Posted: April 23, 2014

While the major focus of our sports coverage is on high school teams and athletes, there are times we can look at those who have gone on to bigger and better things in the sports world.

We’re Getting a New Bridge, But . . .
Posted: April 23, 2014

The area populace is happy that a new bridge is on schedule for Highway 47 over the Missouri River at Washington. But it’s going to be somewhat of a “plain Jane” structure because what many people consider regular enhancements will be missing — unless funding can be found somewhere.

Friday 04/18/2014
Guns, It Was Bound to Happen . . .
Posted: April 18, 2014

It wasn’t too surprising to read that a multimillionaire has donated a huge sum of money to an organization to counter the National Rifle Association. Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, said he will donate $50 million to Every Town for Gun Safety.

Wednesday 04/16/2014
Battleline: Views From The Sports Department
Posted: April 16, 2014

Where do I start?

Doing the Right Thing . . .
Posted: April 16, 2014

There was a time when college coaches were able to devote nearly 100 percent of their time to coaching and, of course, doing some recruiting. Now they must try to be a father and counselor to some players. They also have become acquainted with police investigations, reports and the judicial system. Then there is the drug culture that has invaded most rings of our society, including sports.

Friday 04/11/2014
Picked Up Along the Way . . .
Posted: April 11, 2014

The selection of local historian Ralph Gregory to be the grand marshal of Washington’s 175th birthday parade in May is meeting with general approval, according to comments fired our way. No one in the history of Washington has compiled the pure amount of historical data that Ralph has. He also revived the local historical society after it had been nearly inactive for many years. Much of Ralph’s historical research came from old newspapers, of which he has quite a collection. His zest for accuracy was unmatched.

Wednesday 04/09/2014
We Called It “Cracking Up”
Posted: April 09, 2014

Some call it a mental health crisis in the Army. Others believe it is something less than a major crisis. But no one can deny a problem exists.

Craig's Corner — Time Has Come to Say Goodbye
Posted: April 09, 2014

“In life, and in sports, we all know that nothing lasts forever.”

Saturday 04/05/2014
Gallup and Its Operations . . .
Posted: April 05, 2014

In a recent visit to Washington, D.C., we had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of Gallup, the original market researcher. The visit was part of the National Newspaper Association’s Leadership Summit 2014. We had the opportunity to meet the chairman of the board of Gallup, Jim Clifton, and his son Jon, a rising star in the organization.

Thursday 04/03/2014
We Are Not to Criticize the First Lady?
Posted: April 03, 2014

On this page, Kathleen Parker comes to the defense of First Lady Michelle Obama, who has been criticized for a number of things — from her dress on occasions, her large staff and most recently her “spring break” trip to China.

Wednesday 04/02/2014
Battleline: Question Marks Spring Up
Posted: April 02, 2014

Is there such a thing as too much, too soon?