• By Bill Miller Sr.
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Another Memorial Day is here. Aside from recognizing all of the American men and women who died while serving in the military, one thought that emerges quickly is that we owe a salute to members of veterans’ organizations for Memorial Day programs.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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There is one truism about the Missouri General Assembly, the members like the gifts they get from lobbyists. They like perks. They look forward to them.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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"Have a nice day.” How often in one day do we hear those words. The words are boring, lack creativity and are not a substitute for “Thank you.”

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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For several years now there have been comments of concern about homeless people in Washington. People wonder where they come from, and if they are dangerous.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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This is supposed to be a time to celebrate the 50th year that East Central College has been in existence. There’s not much to celebrate with the unrest that currently prevails and the accusations that are being fired at the board and the president.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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In our long journalistic career, we have never had a governor who garnered newspaper headlines like Eric Greitens. Of course, we never in the history of Missouri had a governor the likes of Greitens to our knowledge.

Quote of the Week: “There’s nothing we can’t do if we work hard, never sleep and shirk all other responsibilities in our lives.” – Leslie Knope

  • Bill Miller Sr.
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We were in a discussion recently about nicknames. They are nearly as common as the air we breathe. Some match the person they are assigned to. Others are a bit nasty and insulting. They can be amusing and life-lasting.

As the saying goes, the only certainties in life are death and taxes. Each year at this time we are reminded of that second certainty. Tax Day is sure to bring stress and frustration as Americans attempt to navigate our complicated and outdated tax code, but this year is different. Tax Day 2…

Barbara Bush, former First Lady, who died Tuesday, had her priorities in order: She was a devoted wife to President George Herbert Walker Bush; a loving mother to her children; always put her family first; never wavered in her respect for this country and its patriotic values; set an excelle…

We knew for several years that Fire Chief Bill Halmich was considering retirement as chief of the Washington Volunteer Fire Company. So it was no surprise when it came through a letter dated April 16 to the mayor and members of the city council.

  • By Bill Battle Missourian Sports Editor
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Before it ever played an official league game in the Archdiocesan Athletic Association, the Helias Crusaders had a case of buyer’s remorse and decided to leave the league a few weeks back.

  • Bill Miller Sr.
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With the popularity of the internet, like so many inventions, there is fallout — privacy has taken a hit. Privacy has become a lost value in our lives. 

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Quote of the week: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore

  • Bill Miller Sr.
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Some Missourian readers surely have heard of Ray Hartmann, publisher of  the St. Louis magazine, and a regular on Channel 9’s “Donnybrook.” We’ve known Hartmann for a long time. He founded the Riverfront Times in St. Louis and we used to print that newspaper, which he sold some time ago. The…

  • Bill Miller Sr.
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Never take for granted your driving privilege — it is a freedom that when lost is one of the unbearable issues you try to live with, especially seniors. For so many years, a vehicle was at your beck and call, and to be banned from the streets and highways makes one a discriminated four-wheel…

  • Bill Miller, Sr.
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Funeral services were held Tuesday for Jim Scanlan, the father of football at Washington High School. He was an outstanding coach, dedicated teacher of the sport, who compiled one of the best records in the state, and who is referred to in legendary terms at the school.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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It was time! Never in the 30 years of its life has the recipient of The Missourian’s Washingtonian Award been more worthy than Washington Elks Lodge 1559.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Historically, voter turnout in April elections is light, except when there are many races, or when there are bond issues, tax hikes, or tax renewal, proposals on ballots. There aren’t that many races April 3 and sometimes even the tax issues don’t bring out the voters.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Every week in the year — so it seems — is dedicated to some cause, and because they come around so often, the importance of some of them can be overlooked. We are ending Sunshine Week and it has never been more important. Secrecy by government is at a high level.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Quote of the week: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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By now most Americans understand the school shooting menace can happen anywhere, anytime. Washington School District residents became keenly aware of this last week when classes were dismissed after a former district employee made comments that he was going “to do a lot of shooting.”

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Sixty-five years is a long time to hold a grudge. The newspaper headlines say there has been a thaw in relations between the United States and North Korea, which says it wants to talk with the United States. We assume China has something to do with the thawing.

  • Bill Miller Sr.
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Washington voters have an obligation to Franklin County. As responsible citizens of both entities, we have always met our obligations by supporting them even if it’s a pocketbook issue.

  • Bill Miller Sr.
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Probably more than a few Washingtonians were surprised when a planning firm announced that the results of a study that it made indicated the city could use another hotel/motel and small convention center.

  • By Bill Miller sr.
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We have admired Sen. Claire McCaskill for most of her political career. We don’t agree with her on some issues, such as abortion, and some of the  other matters that her political party champions.

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