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.

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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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Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers football team, who refuses to stand for the national anthem, is hurting himself more than the country that has provided him with all the freedoms he enjoys, plus the wealth that goes with being a star athlete.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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To some people it may have a foolish ring, but to erect bleachers at the riverfront so people can watch the new bridge being built has merit.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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More than 100 new state laws went into effect Sunday. Some will be noticed more often than others. The book of laws in Missouri grows thicker each year.

Camp Fiddlecreek, off Highway 100 in eastern Franklin County, is an institution in the county. Not far from Labadie, the site has 83 acres in a wooded valley, and has been a fun and educational camp for generations of girls from this area.

There is concern by a couple of council members that dipping into the reserves in the Washington coffers may not be advisable. That’s understandable. However, there’s a strong argument that caution is being used and spending money out of the reserve fund can be justified.

The idea of curbing flooding from the Bourbeuse River by possibly renewing efforts for a dam was mentioned Thursday by county commissioner Tim Brinker in a discussion with The Missourian.

Missouri circuit judge has blocked the state public defender from appointing Gov. Jay Nixon to represent a defendant in a criminal case.

If a voter wants a presidential candidate they trust, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have earned failing grades. The 2016 presidential election is a keen disappointment to voters.

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…

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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.

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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.

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