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Friday 04/18/2014
Guns, It Was Bound to Happen . . .
Posted: April 18, 2014

It wasn’t too surprising to read that a multimillionaire has donated a huge sum of money to an organization to counter the National Rifle Association. Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, said he will donate $50 million to Every Town for Gun Safety.

Wednesday 04/16/2014
Battleline: Views From The Sports Department
Posted: April 16, 2014

Where do I start?

Doing the Right Thing . . .
Posted: April 16, 2014

There was a time when college coaches were able to devote nearly 100 percent of their time to coaching and, of course, doing some recruiting. Now they must try to be a father and counselor to some players. They also have become acquainted with police investigations, reports and the judicial system. Then there is the drug culture that has invaded most rings of our society, including sports.

Friday 04/11/2014
Picked Up Along the Way . . .
Posted: April 11, 2014

The selection of local historian Ralph Gregory to be the grand marshal of Washington’s 175th birthday parade in May is meeting with general approval, according to comments fired our way. No one in the history of Washington has compiled the pure amount of historical data that Ralph has. He also revived the local historical society after it had been nearly inactive for many years. Much of Ralph’s historical research came from old newspapers, of which he has quite a collection. His zest for accuracy was unmatched.

Wednesday 04/09/2014
We Called It “Cracking Up”
Posted: April 09, 2014

Some call it a mental health crisis in the Army. Others believe it is something less than a major crisis. But no one can deny a problem exists.

Craig's Corner — Time Has Come to Say Goodbye
Posted: April 09, 2014

“In life, and in sports, we all know that nothing lasts forever.”

Saturday 04/05/2014
Gallup and Its Operations . . .
Posted: April 05, 2014

In a recent visit to Washington, D.C., we had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of Gallup, the original market researcher. The visit was part of the National Newspaper Association’s Leadership Summit 2014. We had the opportunity to meet the chairman of the board of Gallup, Jim Clifton, and his son Jon, a rising star in the organization.

Thursday 04/03/2014
We Are Not to Criticize the First Lady?
Posted: April 03, 2014

On this page, Kathleen Parker comes to the defense of First Lady Michelle Obama, who has been criticized for a number of things — from her dress on occasions, her large staff and most recently her “spring break” trip to China.

Wednesday 04/02/2014
Battleline: Question Marks Spring Up
Posted: April 02, 2014

Is there such a thing as too much, too soon?

Friday 03/28/2014
Good Move: Dress Code at Ballpark Village
Posted: March 28, 2014

ot the entire Ballpark Village next to the home of the Cardinals will have a dress code. But eight of the village’s bars and restaurants have dress codes. The village opened Thursday.

Thursday 03/27/2014
Positive Insanity
Posted: March 27, 2014

They call it March Madness. That is an overused term. We prefer Positive Insanity. We need to explain. Everybody knows what time of the year it is. It’s the season of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament to crown the national champion in college basketball.

Wednesday 03/26/2014
Craig's Corner: Cardinals Should Contend in 2014
Updated: March 26, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Baseball season has arrived.

Saturday 03/22/2014
Making Fun of the President
Posted: March 22, 2014

We respect the office of president of the United States even though we may not like who is sitting in the Oval Office. We do not like to see the president of the United States being ridiculed by heads of other states. It hurts when our president is being made fun of and considered a weakling.

Thursday 03/20/2014
Listening to One of the Kings of Talk Shows
Posted: March 20, 2014

"Journalism is not about scratching the surface” in news stories and issues, and that’s why newspapers are so important, Bob Schieffer of CBS News said in a talk to members of the National Newspaper Association in Washington, D.C., last week.

Wednesday 03/19/2014
Battleline: End of Basketball Odyssey
Posted: March 19, 2014

The basketball odyssey is over for 2013-14.

Saturday 03/15/2014
Lighten Up . . . In Your Reading
Posted: March 15, 2014

A couple of times in the past, we have referred to the book “Non Campus Mentis,” which was compiled by Professor Anders Henriksson. It’s world history according to some college students.

Wednesday 03/12/2014
Not Nitpicking, Just Interesting
Updated: March 12, 2014 - 8:54 am

Bob Engemann brought to our attention an interesting tidbit about the use of the word Ukraine, a country that certainly has been in the news of late because of Russia’s land grab. In an email, he wasn’t fussing about this minor matter — just making us aware of the usage of a word.

Craig's Corner: Highs and Lows of Sports
Posted: March 12, 2014

The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat.

Saturday 03/08/2014
Auditorium Doors Just the Tip of What’s Needed
Posted: March 08, 2014

The headlines over the Washington city auditorium’s need for new doors, and what to do about them, has done one very positive thing — it has focused on the need to preserve and restore the auditorium. That’s going to take a resolve to act, and, of course, spend some money. It does appear that the 40-year-old doors will be replaced.

Thursday 03/06/2014
Deputies on School Buses
Posted: March 06, 2014

We applaud Sheriff Gary Toelke’s decision to have deputies ride on school buses to catch motorists who violate laws requiring stops and caution. We hope they catch some of the violators.

Wednesday 03/05/2014
Battleline: Spring Season In Peril
Posted: March 05, 2014

Well, the ball is yellow, so maybe they could have played.

Saturday 03/01/2014
My, How Times Have Changed
Posted: March 01, 2014

Anybody with some body wear (been around for a time) recognizes how different things are today compared to other eras. Are things better today than, let’s call it the old days, which is a worn-out term, just like many of today’s seniors?

Thursday 02/27/2014
Gala Event Kickoff a Winner
Posted: February 27, 2014

Washington’s 175th anniversary gala event Saturday night bodes well for the rest of the celebrations during 2014. Another way of putting it is that the opening event was such a success in spirit that anticipation should build for what’s next in observing the founding of the city.

Wednesday 02/26/2014
Craig's Corner: District Hoops Have Arrived
Updated: February 26, 2014 - 8:37 am

Postseason play in basketball is here.

Saturday 02/22/2014
Wages, Jobs and Color
Posted: February 22, 2014

The debate over the merits of and disadvantages of raising the federal minimum wage continues ad infinitum. There is considerable agreement that it needs to be higher. How much really is the question.

Thursday 02/20/2014
Higher Education Costs
Posted: February 20, 2014

Back in the 1960s, when the movement began for a two-year community college for this area, there were two obstacles to high school graduates continuing their educations at a college. One was the cost. The second was a lack of motivation from home for a higher education, which in some cases may have been tied to cost.

Wednesday 02/19/2014
Battleline: Volleyball in the Dome
Updated: February 19, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Echoing the sentiment of my fellow columnist, Craig Vonder Haar, it is of utmost importance that the St. Louis Rams and St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission work out their differences to keep the Rams in St. Louis.

Friday 02/14/2014
Not Great But Very Good
Updated: February 14, 2014 - 2:59 pm

We are still trying to digest all of the publicity about the gay football player at the University of Missouri. Maybe it’s the generational gap we are in, but while he was a top defensive player in college that doesn’t mean he will be all that great in professional football. To make it in the pros, a player must have a high hunger level. Many good football players in college failed in pro football because the hunger element wasn’t at a high enough level. It’s the same in all pro sports — gotta have hunger to excel.

Wednesday 02/12/2014
One of Those Strange, Unexplained Happenings
Posted: February 12, 2014

It happened last April. It was a major incident, raising questions about who was behind it. There was little or no publicity about it across the nation.

Craig's Corner: Important to Keep Rams in St. Louis
Updated: February 12, 2014 - 8:26 am

No one in the St. Louis area, or the state of Missouri for that matter, should be impartial about the Rams leaving town, whether you’re a fan or not.

Saturday 02/08/2014
Scandals a Hurt to Veterans
Posted: February 08, 2014

The news about scandals in payments in recruiting for the National Guard and cheating allegations by trainers at a school for naval nuclear reactor operators is disturbing to all Americans, and particularly to military veterans. For service members to cheat in any way is hurtful to those veterans who served honorably and in an honest manner.

Wednesday 02/05/2014
Memorable Visit to Sochi, Russia
Posted: February 05, 2014

t was in the summer of 2007 that we were on an Inland Press Association study mission to the countries along the Black Sea. One of the one-day stops was in Sochi, Russia.

Battleline: Thoughts On the NFL
Posted: February 05, 2014

So, what was the best division in football in 2013?

Wednesday 01/22/2014
Battleline: Spring, Baseball Coming
Posted: January 22, 2014

No matter how much it seems that we’re now living on the ice planet Hoth, it won’t be long until pitchers and catchers report to Florida for the start of spring training.

Saturday 01/18/2014
Books and Politics
Posted: January 18, 2014

Two new books have raised the temperature in Washington, D.C., because of revelations about our government and the people who are in seats of political power. Excerpts from the books were released to excite and draw people to bookstores.

Thursday 01/16/2014
Keeping Up With Jones
Posted: January 16, 2014

Football isn’t my favorite sport. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching the game, but I am definitely more of a baseball guy.

Wednesday 01/15/2014
Craig's Corner: Wrestlers Having Big Season
Updated: January 15, 2014 - 1:17 pm

It’s been an impressive winter sports season so far for many of our area teams.

Doing Dumb Things . . .
Posted: January 15, 2014

Boys do dumb things. Young adult males do dumb things. Older gents also are guilty of doing dumb things. Members of the female gender do dumb things also. The males, however, hold a commanding lead in doing dumb things.

Friday 01/10/2014
Mother TV
Posted: January 10, 2014

Television generally does a good job in reporting on the weather even though some people believe it’s overkill. The television stations use multiple reporters to report on the weather from many locations in their coverage area.

Wednesday 01/08/2014
Hand That Feeds Them Also Takes Away
Posted: January 08, 2014

We’re in that time of the year when an incredible number of people’s interests focused on the professional football playoffs. It’s an era when billions of dollars are being spent on gaining the rights to televise. Viewing ratings are high and there seems to be ample companies spending millions to advertise during the games.

Battleline: Rams Should Look Local
Updated: January 08, 2014 - 8:29 am

Shop Local.

Wednesday 01/01/2014
Craig's Corner: Predictions for New Year
Posted: January 01, 2014

Allow me to wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy 2014.

Saturday 12/28/2013
Naval Junior ROTC at WHS
Posted: December 28, 2013

With a resounding, enthusiastic vote, the Washington School District Board of Education has approved the start of a Naval Junior ROTC program for high school students, beginning in the next school year. Final details still have to be worked out, but the board has authorized administrators to develop plans for the program.

That Aging Feeling . . .
Posted: December 28, 2013

Every year at this time there is an accounting of everything, including life in general. People think about their age, even though it may not be their birthday time. Another year older — it can be hard to swallow — as the old year winds down.

Thursday 12/26/2013
Keeping Up With Jones
Posted: December 26, 2013

I’m not sure how much normal people eat at a buffet,  but generally all-you-can-eat dining is a near-death experience for me. 

Wednesday 12/25/2013
Battleline: Christmas On a Beach
Updated: December 27, 2013 - 9:33 am

How would you like to spend Christmas on the beach?

Friday 12/20/2013
The Polls Reflect Moods
Posted: December 20, 2013

The steady stream of polls on various topics have proven to be pretty accurate on the moods of people surveyed. We’ve all heard of governing by the polls and it has happened. We have had presidents who governed by checking the polls for the direction to Favoriteville.

Wednesday 12/18/2013
The Season for Donation Requests
Posted: December 18, 2013

Maybe we are just in another fit of forgetfulness, but we have ranked this as the all-time high year in requests for donations through the mail. They have been coming every day now for about a month. They do arrive year-round, but this is the heavy season for requests.

Craig's Corner: Santa Loads Gifts for Area Sports Figures
Updated: December 18, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Christmas is a week away.

Wednesday 12/11/2013
Keeping Up With Jones
Posted: December 11, 2013

I wonder why people look so forward to Christmas when it makes many of us pull our hair out.December is a crazy month, with a laundry list of things to do before Christmas strikes.’