How important is the attire of a candidate running for an elective office? Is how a candidate is dressed that important in gaining votes? Or do clothes have a negative effect?

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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We’ve got a donnybrook going on in the Franklin County administrative building between the auditor and the county commission, which is the executive and legislative branches of the county.

Nobody knows how Franklin Countians will vote in November. Will the voters favor Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? Is it too early to make a prediction?

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The 2016 Washington Fair was unique in many respects. Records set? Too early to tell for some events. A full financial accounting won’t be available for a couple of months.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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One down, one more to go. We’e talking about the 2016 elections. The primary election was one of the most contested for some offices and the dirt that was thrown was more than Missouri has witnessed for some time.

  • By Michael Alvey Missourian Sports Writer
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Despite terrorist threats, unfinished and unsatisfactory facilities, doping scandals and every other problem under the Rio de Janeiro sun, the 2016 Summer Olympics will begin Friday.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Preparations for the annual Washington Fair have been underway for just about a year. A Fair ends, and preparations begin a short time later for the next year’s event.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention was an attempt to portray wife Hillary, the Democratic nominee for president, as a person qualified to be president and someone voters could trust. Yeah, it was mushy, so much so that some voters said they turned to another channel.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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We are suffocating from the air that is heavy with politics — in some instances, the air is polluted (where’s the EPA when we need it?). Some cleansing is needed and that’s why this column will stray from politics, at least for a week or so.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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We’ve been hearing it for some time now, “I’m sick of this election. I wish it was over.” Yes, there is general disgust in this country about conditions, from safety to foreign policies, and about our leaders and candidates for public office. Accusations are the order of the day.

If your taste is for a bit of variety in politics, the GOP primary election race for governor is for you. There are four candidates who wear what the GOP conservative badge stands for with pride, but there are differences.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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It’s going to take more than words by President Barack Obama to bring comfort to the American people over the violence and shooting of police officers.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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A Washington citizen who stood tall in his commitment to family, community and nation has departed this life. Services were held for Bernie Hillermann Monday. He died last Friday night.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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In June, nearly three business aircraft a day landed at the Washington Regional Airport, pointing to the importance of an airport to industry and businesses. The exact number was 83, according to John Politte, a member of the city’s airport committee, who reported on airport activities at th…

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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A Missourian associate who shares our interest in history, American, that is, gave us a restaurant menu from 1939. It is not an ordinary menu from  just any restaurant. 

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The Missourian received a somewhat unusual letter from a vice president of Phantom Fireworks of Youngstown, Ohio. It had to do with military veterans — those who had been under fire in combat.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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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.

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

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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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.

  • By Sen. Dave Schatz, Sullivan
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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. 

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.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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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. Severa…

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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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?

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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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.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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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.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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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.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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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.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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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.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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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?

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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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.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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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.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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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? 

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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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 ar…

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 …

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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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.

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