Thoughts of Americans on Memorial Day center on the departed military veterans. Veterans on that day also have their thoughts on their years in the military.
It’s graduation time, from kindergartens, eighth grades, high schools, trade schools to colleges/universities. Words of wisdom are coming from the mouths of successful people at graduation programs. Are the graduates listening?
My wife and I spent last week in Mexico.
It’s been almost two months (March 20 Battleline) since I posed the question, “Is turf for everyone?”
We have an announcement to make: Banking is something (like other businesses) we know little or nothing about. But we do know that when no bank in this area is interested in being the depository of Franklin County funds, it no longer is profitable, and it no longer carries any prestige. It’s another example of the changing economic times.
It’s hard to believe, but high school sports are quickly coming to an end.
The final judgment on Hillary Clinton’s performance as secretary of state is still to be made in the future, and there haven’t been many offerings on the subject. In the latest issue of “Foreign Affairs” magazine, Michael Hirsh has a thoughtful opinion article on Hillary’s job performance, which he summed up as “soft-power.”
Dodging raindrops and puddles, the East Central College softball Falcons have made this a season to remember.
We all know professional sports are in the category of Big Business. Some years ago we thought the pro sports bubble would burst due to high salaries and other costs. Right now we don’t feel that way. Why?
Denodus O’Bryant is about to receive an opportunity most athletes only dream about.
It’s extremely rare when I have a good time in Kansas City.
We cross paths with many unforgettable characters in our lives. Marty Blake was one of them for this writer, back in the days when we were writing and promoting sports. Marty died the other day in his adopted state of Georgia.
I learned the hard way to pay better attention when walking into a wedding reception.
It was all smiles and banter at the Highway 100 Happy Hour last Friday morning at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the extension of four lanes of Highway 100 in the Washington city limits. There were no liquid refreshments at this Happy Hour, but none was needed as participants basked in the “good feeling” event.
Washington School District Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer called it bittersweet.
This country has had so many gallant warriors, genuine heroes of our wars, with stories of them filling many bookshelves. There’s a relatively new one, “The Liberator,” by Alex Kershaw, that we have read that ranks as one of the best on a World War II officer and his unit, the 157th Infantry Regitment of the 45th Thunderbird Division.
A little bit of jolly ol’ England will be coming to St. Louis May 23 when Busch Stadium hosts a game between Barclays Premier Division rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.
I imagine an outsider looking in would be perplexed by how many celebrate Easter Day.
With nearly a foot of snow now melting, it seems about right that the St. Louis Cardinals are less than a week away from opening the 2013 Major League Baseball season.
We wish to give a warm welcome to the 15 students and two teachers from Marbach am Neckar, Germany, Washington’s partner city, or more commonly known as Sister City. There has been a great relationship between the two cities for more than 20 years.
The Missourian received a letter to the editor signed by more than 25 people urging the city to establish a dog park. We’ve written in support of this idea before.
It’s getting to be common, big steps by the government to enter our lives. Some of the steps, it has been argued, are necessary because it is necessary for government to protect us from ourselves. There are countless laws along those lines, from seat belts, to no-smoking bans, to sugary drinks, and perhaps even installing stop signs and speed limits.
We didn’t coin “Dipsy-Doo Dunkeroo.” The credit goes to none other than Dickie V, or more correctly Dick Vitale, the always excited, always energetic, always talking faster than Carl Edwards’ racing car college basketball announcer.
High school basketball in our area is over.
Years from now, when we’re all old and gray talking about the good old days, the 2012-13 Borgia Knights probably aren’t going to be remembered as one of the best boys basketball teams.
The Missourian receives letters to the editor from people who live in distant states. We usually give preference to letter writers who live in our circulation area. Probably the writers of these letters send their opinions to many newspapers, large and small.
Those who know me, or have seen me eating breakfast, know that I am a fan of bacon.
March always is an intriguing time for basketball, but that will especially be true this season.
We should appreciate the ‘Big T’ in our daily lives. By that we mean the importance of transportation as it affects our daily lives. We need the ‘Big T’ to function. We rely on it to get to and from work; to send our children to schools; to supply us with the materials for manufacturing; the regular necessities of life that we buy from the shelves of stores; to reach recreational and entertainment destination points; and so on and on — transportation, a vital part of the blood stream in our daily lives.
There’s an emerging mindset that you don’t need a college education to be successful in life. One can find financial success without a college education. That’s being proven every day even as industries more and more are high-tech driven.
We agree with most of what columnist Pat Buchanan wrote in his commentary on this page, but he was dead wrong on a couple of his remarks, especially that President Eisenhower ended the Korean War in July 1953. He just happened to be president when the ceasefire occurred July 27, 1953, at 10 p.m.
Planning a wedding is easy.
After hearing don’t-remember-how-many State of the Union speeches by presidents, there’s no excitement in this veteran head. The words sound nice, especially about working together for the good of all Americans, but the follow-through too often is lacking.
The spinoffs from the Connecticut school shootings tragedy are multiplying. Example: County Clerk Debbie Door, chief election authority for Franklin County, is thinking about not using schools any more as polling places because mad gunmen have targeted schools for shooting and killing rampages.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to say, “I love you,” than with a box of chocolates — delicious, acne causing, chocolate filled with saturated fats.
Pitchers and catchers for the St. Louis Cardinals reported to spring training in Jupiter, Fla., on Monday. The first workout took place Tuesday.
Probably most Franklin County citizens generally agree with Sheriff Gary Toelke’s position on gun controls. His views were published in a front page story in Wednesday’s Missourian.
We were aware that few new highways are being built today, but we didn’t know how little of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funds have gone for new construction. Thanks to reader Bob Engemann, who is a member of the Washington Area Highway and Transportation Committee, we learned that only 5.2 percent of federal highway funds went for new construction during the fiscal year 2009-2011.
Has everything been said about the Super Bowl yet?
If this county, or area, or city, had a Sports Hall of Fame, Paul Moosmann certainly would be in it. He was a sports personality par excellence of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s in this area, and even after that. He created many local sports memories and it was sad to learn of his passing this past Monday, with funeral services set for Saturday at St. Gertrude in Krakow.
It’s Super Bowl Week.
Jami and I are trying to eat healthier, exercise more and drop a few pounds as our wedding date gets closer.
She is undoubtedly one of the smartest women to ever roam the government halls in Washington, D.C. She has taken many blows, but has never gone down for the count. Hillary Clinton is a survivor in a world where usually no prisoners are taken.
Revered and respected.
From what people tell us, the thirst for guns in America is due to fear. They believe they need guns for protection. What has brought about this widespread fear?
Part of a federal lawsuit against Franklin County for a past prayer policy has been dropped by the “secret” plaintiff, who the ACLU in its legal action identified only as “Jane Doe.” Relief no longer is being sought for future alleged violations because the county commission has changed its policy.
It’s been a good first two months of the winter sports season.
Extremism rules the day and it’s not only in politics. You can’t speak the truth anymore. It’s pure silliness, this political correctness phobia that almost makes it a crime to comment on the obvious, especially when it concerns a woman or, for that matter, a man.
The years move on, but many of the situations, conditions and problems in the world in many countries linger — some progress for the good of the people is made, along with just the opposite in others. We are witnessing too much of the negative.
Part of the lure of working in the sports journalism world is seeing the “moments.”