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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.

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.

Thursday 08/28/2014
Battleline: Girls Golf Growing in Area
Posted: August 28, 2014

This year, the first Town Showdown wasn’t on the football field, volleyball court, soccer pitch or softball field.

Wednesday 08/27/2014
The Warning Is There . . .
Posted: August 27, 2014

We all need to wake up to the threat to the United States from the ISIS, which stands for the Iraq and Syria Islamic State, or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. It is the most brutal terrorist group in the world and is getting stronger. It has been estimated that the ISIS now controls 35,000 square miles in Syria and Iraq.

Saturday 08/23/2014
Shooting Investigations . . .
Posted: August 23, 2014

What is and what isn’t justice is in the mind of the beholder. We suspect it’s always been that way — long before what we now have in the fatal shooting case of Michael Brown. There are cries for justice. Protests continue.

Thursday 08/21/2014
View From the Peake: Fall Sports Give ...
Posted: August 21, 2014

A fresh start.

Wednesday 08/20/2014
The Blue Book Is Back . . . In Printed Form
Posted: August 20, 2014

It feels good to hold it. The Blue Book is back in printed form. Remember the Legislature decided a couple of years ago to end appropriations to have it printed. The last one to be printed was the 2009-2010 edition.

Thursday 08/14/2014
Fall, Fair and Rams, Oh My!
Posted: August 14, 2014

Even without any games taking place, it’s still one of the busiest times of the year in local sports.

Wednesday 08/13/2014
College Football Indictment
Posted: August 13, 2014

The fall season is within sight. The Washington Fair is over, schools are getting ready to reopen and footballs are filling the air. Are you ready?

Saturday 08/09/2014
Fair Livestock Auction
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 12:48 pm

If you go back far enough in the history of the Washington Fair, one of the goals was to help farm youth in the area by staging an auction in which they could reap financial rewards for raising livestock for the market. That goal still is alive and the 2014 auction will be held at noon Saturday.

Thursday 08/07/2014
Time Flies for Washington Fairs
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 1:34 pm

If you don’t believe how fast time flies, glance back to past issues of The Missourian for memories of the Washington Fair, and the realization of that fact is quite clear.

View From the Peake — Struckhoff Looks to Make Up for Last Year
Posted: August 07, 2014

A year ago, Dominic Struckhoff could only watch from the sidelines as his teammates took the field.

Saturday 08/02/2014
Fair Is Good Change of Interest
Posted: August 02, 2014

With the Washington Fair set to open this coming Wednesday, it’s a welcome change of interest from the primary election season, which ends Tuesday. It was great to view some of the Fair direction signs for the various events in contrast to the political signs we have had to view for the past month or so.

Thursday 07/31/2014
Battleline: Blessed With Great Legion Teams
Posted: July 31, 2014

It’s over.

Wednesday 07/30/2014
The Primary Election
Posted: July 30, 2014

Before any election there is speculation as to the number of people who will show up to cast ballots. The Aug. 5, 2014, election is no different.

Saturday 07/26/2014
Observations, Heard on the Street . . .
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 12:48 pm

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.