• By Bill Miller Sr.
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One of the primary responsibilities of government is to provide protection for people in its jurisdiction. We have taken “protection” for granted. That no longer is a “given.”

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Quote of the week: “We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to be third.”

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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No one by now should be surprised by the odoriferous air that blows in the White House. President Donald Trump needs to look into buying in bulk air fresheners to do something about the stench.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The eyes of the world will be on South Korea (with glances to the North) for the Olympic Games, which are underway at Pyeongchang in South Korea.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Have our nation’s elected officials reached a new low of untrustworthiness? We are seeing it on the state and federal levels.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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We have listened to State  of the Union addresses by American presidents for so many years and we can tell you very few have been overwhelmingly inspiring. A number of presidents have had better speechwriters than others.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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There are political junkies who also are presidential junkies. There’s a book titled “The Essential Book of Presidential Trivia” that was published before Obama and Trump became president. The author is Noah McCullough, a youth at the time of authoring the book, who did considerable research.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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That’s the name of a book that strikes a funny or serious or whatever vein in its readers. It’s not a new book. It was published eight or so years ago. The author is Leland Gregory, who also wrote “Stupid History.”

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Jake Schultz, Villa Ridge, is assigned to one of the most unusual duties in the Army. He is a mule skinner, or driver of a team of mules for the Horse Cavalry Detachment of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. The mules and old military wagon advertise the Army in parades and at oth…

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Happy 2018! No Year New Year’s party is complete without party favors including glasses, noisemakers, hats and other decorations.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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As promised by President Donald Trump, the U.S. plans to cut its funding for the United Nations. The move came after the U.N. General Assembly voted to declare the U.S. decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “null and void.”

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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It was actually a white Christmas this year. I couldn’t believe it especially because the temperatures had been warm last week.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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We don’t mind seeing the end of 2017. If ever this country had a topsy-turvy year, it was 2017. The main event was President Donald Trump’s first year in the White House.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Another year is about to be tucked away and looking back reminds us of the swiftness with which the clock ticks.

Christmas music is something people seem to love or hate. They either turn it on as soon as the radio stations begin playing it in November or whine about how much they hate the beautiful music that floats on the airwaves during one month (OK 1 1/2 months) of the year.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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The April 2018 election in Franklin County is shaping up as one with a larger-than-normal number of tax hike proposals, plus the usual municipal, school and other taxing entities board positions on the ballots.

It’s Sunday morning and Notebook time. All is quiet at the The Missourian. What to write about? Then it hit me. The Good Wife, while reading the Sunday Post-Dispatach, said: “You have to read Bill McClellan. He thinks Claire McCaskill should run for president.”

  • By Bill Battle Missourian Sports Editor
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While it’s still very early in the basketball season, any way you look at it, some good teams are going to go home before the Class 4 District 6 girls basketball tournament concludes at Union High School in early March.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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A year ago was when I started listening to podcasts while driving. I became tired of listening to my music and the same song that plays 1,000 times on every radio station.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Does a business owner have the right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because the baker, based on his religious beliefs, does not approve of same-sex marriages? 

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Whenever incidents come to light about the current sexual behavior by men in the public eye, which have brought them down from their high perches, scores of women come forward with their stories of what happened to them. Most are believable, but the media has to have its guard up because the…

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian
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Hello, loyal readers, and welcome to my corner of The Missourian. As always, feel free to give me a call at 636-629-1027 or send me an email at barmeiere@emissourian.com.

  • Bill Miller Sr.
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It is a fact that increases in population result in more crime. It has happened in Franklin County. It’s probably true that increases in population also mean more illegal drug use and more people are saved from overdose deaths by Narcan.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Investigations. That seems to be the battle cry in Washington, D.C., and from one end of the country to the other, or sea to sea. Would Congress get more done if it didn’t have to investigate then investigate those who investigated?

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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There was a time in American history when sexual indiscretions and outright acts that bordered on criminal against women were spoken of softly, whispered or gently expressed — sotto voce. And were ignored by the press.

  • By Elizabeth Barmeier – St. Clair Missourian Editor
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Hello, loyal readers, and welcome to my corner of The Missourian. As usual, feel free to give me a call at 636-629-1027 or send me an email at barmeiere@emissourian.com.

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