• By Bill Miller Sr.
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Of all of nature’s offerings, ice is among the most dreaded. If nature wants to bring routine and ordinary things to a halt, it is its ice offering.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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A new study shows that police officers are hesitant to use force, even when appropriate, and are less willing to stop and question suspicious people.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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In every legislative session of the Missouri General Assembly there are countless bills filed that are dead on arrival. Many of the legislators know that when they file some bills. Then why file them?

  • By Karen Butterfield, Union Missourian Editor
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I’m new at this whole column thing, so you’ll have to bear with me.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Ed Pruneau, The Missourian’s managing editor for nearly 20 years and on the news staff for 40 years, retired last week, but his experiences with this newspaper will live on in his mind forever. His writings in this newspaper really end up being that of a historian for Franklin County and Was…

  • By Bill Battle Missourian Sports Editor
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With the close of 2016, it’s time to take a look around at some of the trending issues in the sports world, positive and negative.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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As he is about ready to retire his badge, we can’t say enough about Sheriff Gary Toelke, the face of law enforcement in Franklin County for so many years. We were fortunate to cover the sheriff’s department before and many years while Gary was the sheriff, and we write without reservation he…

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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John L. Politte, who died last week, embodied the Washingtonian spirit of volunteerism as well as anybody in the history of the city.

  • By Michael Alvey Missourian Sports Writer
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After signing Dexter Fowler to a five-year, $82.5 million deal a few weeks ago, the St. Louis Cardinals proved they wouldn’t be the same fiscally conservative (to put it kindly) organization this winter.  

  • By Bill Battle Missourian Sports Editor
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The spring sports season probably is the last thing anything is thinking about right now, seeing how cold it’s been.

We don’t doubt for one Clinton second that Russia probably tried to influence the United States presidential election. Knowing tactics employed by Russia in the past, we don’t doubt anything they may have tried.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The latest report card for American students shows that they are falling behind students in other countries in math, science and reading.

It was such a different era from today — Dec. 7, 1941 — 75 years ago. Few of the young people today realize the significance of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii by the Japanese on that Sunday so long ago. It shaped world happenings for the next 75 years, and even longer as we look ahead.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The Looking Back columns in this newspaper are popular. When we have to leave one out, we hear about it.

With the news over the weekend of Fidel Castro’s death, our thoughts went back to 2000 when we visited Cuba with a National Newspaper Association study mission group. It was a memorable trip.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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There’s a lot of doomsday talk and wringing of the hands about the Democrats’ poor showing in the election. The party will rebound. The question is, how long will it take?

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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You don’t have to dig too deep in your thoughts to understand why just about everybody has much to be thankful for, but one stands very tall — your health.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The best government at all levels is open government. However, there always are public officials who try end-around runs to try to avoid being transparent.

Post-presidential election comments always are a combination of being colorful, impact-loaded, sensible, accurate, partisan and even nonpartisan. These are comments from writers, and others, from the major news media outlets, including magazines, newspapers, television, radio and syndicates.

With Veterans Day coming up Friday, we can’t say it’s the only day to center on “thank you for your service” because that has become a year-round occurrence in this land of liberty.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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It is foolhardy to try to predict the outcome of the presidential election Tuesday, so there won’t be one from this column. 

More than several people have been heard to ask: Have you ever in your lifetime witnessed a presidential election like this one?

  • By Michael Alvey Missourian Sports Writer
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At Saturday afternoon’s Borgia-Westminster football game, several players on the Wildcats’ sideline took a knee during the national anthem.

There is one segment of the economy that may not be booming, by some analyses, but it appears to be doing OK. It’s the sports world, which has a partner in television.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Military veterans are receiving a generous share of appreciation and honors in this era of “thank you for your service.” With Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, approaching, many programs are being planned, especially in schools, to recognize veterans for their service.

It was 12 years ago that the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame was established in Washington. It now is located in Columbia in the Reynolds Journalism Institute, which is connected to the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. The Hall of Fame was located in Washington for 1…

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Any drop in enrollment at our community college is disturbing. It is especially concerning when it has happened for six consecutive years.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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This is a troubling election year with two candidates who many voters do not like because of their records, especially their personal histories. More fire was added to the burning emotions with the revelation of what Republican Donald Trump said about women many years ago, and the criticism …

It’s not new. It continues to bring enjoyment to young and old. It is one of Franklin County’s treasures. It’s the Shaw Nature Reserve at Gray Summit.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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It wasn’t billed as Gov. Jay Nixon’s farewell address to the Missouri Press Association last Friday at Branson, but it may well have been since the two-term governor will leave after eight years as the top executive in Missouri government in January. A 30-year career in Missouri government w…

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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When The Missourian published a story on public debt of taxing entities in Franklin County, questions were asked. That was good because answers were provided.

It was a surprise when we learned last Friday that the Columbia Daily Tribune had been sold to New Media Investment Group, Inc., which operates GateHouse Media, which is one of the largest publishers of print and online media outlets in the United States.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The idea is hardly new. It’s probably as old as some century or older towns. Erect something big, unusual and interest-grabbing and the visitors will come.

Bernie Sanders started it and now Hillary Clinton is using the same line: Elect me and there will be free college education for everyone. That sounds good to get votes but it’s not likely to happen. And, the candidates know it!

  • By Michael Alvey Missourian Sports Writer
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This week I find myself with so many thoughts on so many different topics, I have enough material to write five columns.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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It’s been on the national level, a Supreme Court issue — campaign spending — and the freedom aspect of it, and it has trickled down to the county level, at least in Franklin County.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Secret Service agents are supposed to keep closed mouths as to what goes on at the White House while stationed there. Gary J. Byrne is among a few who have written books about their experiences there. Recently, the books have been about the Bill and Hillary Clinton years in the White House.

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