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Wednesday 10/22/2014
For Political Junkies, This Book Is for You
Posted: October 22, 2014

If you like insider politics ad nauseam, this book is for you. The title is “Blood Feud,” or the Clintons vs. the Obamas, by Edward Klein, author of the No. 1 New York Times best seller “The Amateur.”

Saturday 10/18/2014
Legendary in Service — the Lions Club
Posted: October 18, 2014

From the day it was organized 75 years ago, the Washington Lions Club has been focused on service to the community. It has had some ups and downs. It’s been mostly ups.

Wednesday 10/15/2014
View From the Peake: Borgia Should Be Ranked
Posted: October 15, 2014

What else do they have to do?

Oppenheimer's Loyalty
Posted: October 15, 2014

If you asked a young person today who J. Robert Oppenheimer was, he or she might say, movie or rock star, maybe a great athlete. Of course, he was none of those. He was a main architect of the development of the atomic bomb for the United States.

Saturday 10/11/2014
Those Cardinals . . .
Posted: October 11, 2014

October belongs to the Cardinals. 

Thursday 10/09/2014
Battleline: Looking at District Tournaments
Posted: October 09, 2014

Believe it or not, the fall sports season is starting to wind down.

Wednesday 10/08/2014
Newspapers Survive All Competition
Posted: October 08, 2014

When radio came through the airways, they said it would kill newspapers. When television came on the screen, that would be the end of newspapers, they said. When the Internet and social media became more than a fad, we heard it would be the end of the printed word.

Saturday 10/04/2014
Needs Greater, Fewer Soldiers
Posted: October 04, 2014

How often have we heard from President Barack Obama that no “boots on the ground” will be deployed to hot spots around the globe? We’ve heard it often, and gradually we have more “boots on the ground” in foreign countries.

Friday 10/03/2014
View From the Peake: Jones Makes Rookie Mark
Posted: October 03, 2014

It’s hard to fathom, but it’s true —  Ryan Jones is a football rookie.

Thursday 10/02/2014
Lessons From Ferguson
Posted: October 02, 2014

There are lessons to be learned from Ferguson. Experience always is the best teacher. Mistakes were made that will be remembered and attempts will be made to avoid them in the future. Law enforcement officers were not prepared for what happened in Ferguson, where unrest exploded after a policeman shot an unarmed youth who was black last month. It was a challenge for journalists also, most of whom had not covered an incident quite like this one.

Friday 09/26/2014
Americans Are So Fortunate
Posted: September 26, 2014

While Americans are enjoying their usual activities that flood calendars with enjoyable events this time of the year, millions of people in other nations are being uprooted from their homes, even from their countries, while others are being killed or wounded, or are suffering from Ebola and other diseases.

Thursday 09/25/2014
Battleline: What Have We Learned?
Posted: September 25, 2014

A month into the fall sports season, what have we learned?

Wednesday 09/24/2014
Security Begins at Home
Posted: September 24, 2014

It was a bit unsettling that a man jumped over the fence at the White House and made it all the way through the front door before being stopped last Friday evening. Much of the White House was evacuated. The president and his family had just left the White House when the man scaled the north fence.

Saturday 09/20/2014
Out-of-Touch Lawmakers
Posted: September 20, 2014

If members of the General Assembly had been in touch with their constituents, perhaps some of them would not have supported legislation that permits teachers and administrators to be armed with guns. As it is, we now have a law in Missouri that permits teachers and administrators, and other personnel, to be armed with guns.

Thursday 09/18/2014
Texting While Driving, Laws
Posted: September 18, 2014

We have mentioned before that there is a general feeling that this nation has too many laws, and our freedoms gradually are being eroded. With that, we also have mentioned that technological advances have called for many new laws over the years.

Wednesday 09/17/2014
View From the Peake: True Festival of Distance Running
Posted: September 17, 2014

It was like a state meet without the tension and with more of a party atmosphere.

Saturday 09/13/2014
Reflection on How the People Feel?
Posted: September 13, 2014

As expected, the Missouri General Assembly voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of legislation requiring a 72-hour delay for an abortion. It is one of the nation’s most stringent waiting periods.

Wednesday 09/10/2014
Battleline: Scheer Lifts Hobart SEABL South Title
Posted: September 10, 2014

At some point, everyone imagines they’re making the winning shot at the end of the game.

The Big Guys and (Gals) Make Mistakes, Too . . .
Posted: September 10, 2014

For some unexplained reason — except we all are humans — journalists far and wide when covering the Washington Town and Country Fair, and others, call the event a county Fair. It is not a county Fair — it’s a Washington Fair. It has all the earmarks of a traditional county Fair except that it is the Town and Country Fair.

Tuesday 09/09/2014
MU’s Impact on Washington and Franklin County
Posted: September 09, 2014

One of the ways that economic development in Franklin County gets a boost is through its business start-ups and entrepreneurs, with an assist from the local University of Missouri Extension Office. During 2013, Franklin County residents were able to take advantage of small business workshops at the Franklin County Extension Office, where they learned how to successfully start, run and expand a business. As a result of this training, one new business and 27 new jobs were created in the county, and another 136 jobs were retained, during 2013.

The Big Guys and (Gals) Make Mistakes, Too...
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 8:15 am

For some unexplained reason — except we all are humans — journalists far and wide when covering the Washington Town and Country Fair, and others, call the event a county Fair. It is not a county Fair — it’s a Washington Fair. It has all the earmarks of a traditional county Fair except that it is the Town and Country Fair.

Saturday 09/06/2014
We Should Do the Same . . .
Posted: September 06, 2014

The St. Charles City Council the past week passed an ordinance to prohibit texting while driving regardless of the age of the driver. The mayor is expected to sign the measure. There is a state law that makes it illegal for motorists age 21 and under to text while driving.

Thursday 09/04/2014
Guns and Children . . . Debate After Death
Posted: September 04, 2014

By now most Americans know of the death of a firing range instructor, shot while attending to a 9-year-old girl who was shooting an Uzi submachine gun. The weapon recoiled and the instructor, standing next to the girl, was shot in the head. The weapon was firing automatic rounds.

Wednesday 09/03/2014
View From the Peake: Baylard Stands Out
Posted: September 03, 2014

Justin Baylard heard the doubters all week long.

Thursday 08/28/2014
Battleline: Girls Golf Growing in Area
Posted: August 28, 2014

This year, the first Town Showdown wasn’t on the football field, volleyball court, soccer pitch or softball field.

Wednesday 08/27/2014
The Warning Is There . . .
Posted: August 27, 2014

We all need to wake up to the threat to the United States from the ISIS, which stands for the Iraq and Syria Islamic State, or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. It is the most brutal terrorist group in the world and is getting stronger. It has been estimated that the ISIS now controls 35,000 square miles in Syria and Iraq.

Saturday 08/23/2014
Shooting Investigations . . .
Posted: August 23, 2014

What is and what isn’t justice is in the mind of the beholder. We suspect it’s always been that way — long before what we now have in the fatal shooting case of Michael Brown. There are cries for justice. Protests continue.

Thursday 08/21/2014
View From the Peake: Fall Sports Give ...
Posted: August 21, 2014

A fresh start.

Wednesday 08/20/2014
The Blue Book Is Back . . . In Printed Form
Posted: August 20, 2014

It feels good to hold it. The Blue Book is back in printed form. Remember the Legislature decided a couple of years ago to end appropriations to have it printed. The last one to be printed was the 2009-2010 edition.

Thursday 08/14/2014
Fall, Fair and Rams, Oh My!
Posted: August 14, 2014

Even without any games taking place, it’s still one of the busiest times of the year in local sports.

Wednesday 08/13/2014
College Football Indictment
Posted: August 13, 2014

The fall season is within sight. The Washington Fair is over, schools are getting ready to reopen and footballs are filling the air. Are you ready?

Saturday 08/09/2014
Fair Livestock Auction
Posted: August 09, 2014

If you go back far enough in the history of the Washington Fair, one of the goals was to help farm youth in the area by staging an auction in which they could reap financial rewards for raising livestock for the market. That goal still is alive and the 2014 auction will be held at noon Saturday.

Thursday 08/07/2014
Time Flies for Washington Fairs
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 1:34 pm

If you don’t believe how fast time flies, glance back to past issues of The Missourian for memories of the Washington Fair, and the realization of that fact is quite clear.

View From the Peake — Struckhoff Looks to Make Up for Last Year
Posted: August 07, 2014

A year ago, Dominic Struckhoff could only watch from the sidelines as his teammates took the field.

Saturday 08/02/2014
Fair Is Good Change of Interest
Posted: August 02, 2014

With the Washington Fair set to open this coming Wednesday, it’s a welcome change of interest from the primary election season, which ends Tuesday. It was great to view some of the Fair direction signs for the various events in contrast to the political signs we have had to view for the past month or so.

Thursday 07/31/2014
Battleline: Blessed With Great Legion Teams
Posted: July 31, 2014

It’s over.

Wednesday 07/30/2014
The Primary Election
Posted: July 30, 2014

Before any election there is speculation as to the number of people who will show up to cast ballots. The Aug. 5, 2014, election is no different.

Saturday 07/26/2014
Observations, Heard on the Street . . .
Posted: July 26, 2014

It’s very emotional with some people — the Washington annexation proposal on the Aug. 5 ballot. Some people also are having a problem understanding the fact that Washington voters will be given eight ballots. They will vote on annexation on eight individual parcels of land. People in the areas proposed for annexation will vote on only the tract they live in.

Wednesday 07/23/2014
View From the Peake: VanLeer Hopes to Stand Out
Posted: July 23, 2014

Cullen VanLeer just wants to stand out.

Many Questions About That 777 Crash
Posted: July 23, 2014

The tragic crash of that Boeing 777 over a war zone has dominated the news. Unanswered questions fill the air like swarms of birds looking for food. Accusations of who was to blame pumps speculations about the firing of that evil missile like water gushing from a broken fire hydrant. Was it a Russian who pulled the trigger on the sophisticated equipment that fired the missile 33,000 feet into the fuselage of the airline with 283 passengers aboard with 15 crew members?

Friday 07/18/2014
Another Blow to Troop Morale
Posted: July 18, 2014

We thought we had heard the most severe blow to Army morale with the handling of the Bergdahl desertion case, but, wait, there’s something else for which there hasn’t been much publicity. Pink slips are being sent to our soldiers in the war zone. The message is we don’t need you after your deployment in Afghanistan is over!

Thursday 07/17/2014
Battleline: Feast or Famine For Legion Programs
Posted: July 17, 2014

It’s been feast or famine this season for area American Legion baseball fans.

Wednesday 07/16/2014
The Clinton Money Machine
Posted: July 16, 2014

Bill, Hillary and now their daughter Chelsea Clinton may go down in American history as the most zealous, unconscionable, politically mercenary family that ever dwelled in the White House. It must be added Bill and Hillary are bright, possessing gifted personalities, and are relentless political fundraisers.

Saturday 07/12/2014
Faces Never Forgotten Project
Posted: July 12, 2014

In our Wednesday edition, we published a notice about the “Faces Never Forgotten” project that is being sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation. We all are aware of the national Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., that has the names of the nearly 59,000 men and women who served our country and died in Vietnam during the long war in the 1960s and 1970s. Now photos are being sought of those killed in the fighting. They will be displayed at the The Wall’s Education Center in Washington, D.C., and online.

Thursday 07/10/2014
View From the Peake: Mort's Jeter Adventure
Posted: July 10, 2014

Zach Mort idolizes, loves and worships Derek Jeter.

Wednesday 07/09/2014
Is It or Isn't It . . . Forced?
Posted: July 09, 2014

We’ve heard enough about it to smile rather than yawn. We’re talking about the “no” annexation signs in Washington that use the word “forced.”

Friday 07/04/2014
Independence Lives!
Posted: July 04, 2014

Independence is the trademark of Americans. It was there in 1776, and it still lives today. However, the changing times have bombarded our independence and we aren’t as free as Americans once were.

Thursday 07/03/2014
Battleline: Crunch Time for Legion Teams
Posted: July 03, 2014

It’s crunch time for area American Legion baseball teams.

Saturday 06/28/2014
Gasoline Tax Hike Unreal . . .
Posted: June 28, 2014

The opponents of a sales tax for transportation, which will be on the ballot in August, often say there should be an increase in the state gasoline tax — let the users pay for improvements — rather than hit the people with a sales tax increase. The argument of “let the users pay for improvements” sounds appealing except under today’s circumstances it doesn’t hold air in a single tire.

Wednesday 06/25/2014
View From The Peake: Cardinals Have Been Frustrating
Updated: June 27, 2014 - 10:59 am

A stellar pitching performance is wasted.