Parents should be aware and prepare their children that they may have a “hate America professor” at their college or university of choice. The need for a warning is real!
The Washington City Council has approved changes in the zoning code in an effort to promote the construction of housing that will be affordable to buyers with moderate incomes, particularly young couples. The council action came after months of discussion, a review process and public hearings.
When people gather Monday for Memorial Day services, tributes will be directed to those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, but all military veterans will be recognized for their services to this country. Memorial Day services in this area in recent decades have drawn larger crowds of appreciative people of all ages.
The Franklin County Commission acted appropriately when it voted to attempt to recoup the costs of defending an appeal from critics who are challenging the legality of the Franklin County Municipal Court.
The start of every legislative session is similar to the start of every baseball season — hope springs eternal.
Much effort is being poured into the design of the new bridge over the Missouri River at Washington. The bridge enhancement committee has been meeting regularly in an effort to make the design as unique as possible, and within budget limits.
The 32nd annual Downtown Washington Fine Art Fair and Winefest is happening this weekend.
While it was good news that Loving Hearts Outreach in Washington won a $20,000 grant for its Food Backpack Fund — Fighting Hunger, Fueling Minds, the program is a sad commentary on conditions today.
President Barack Obama is coasting to retirement. He’s been “disengaged” as to the day to day happenings in the federal government. Perhaps he’s dwelling on his legacy and his retirement from government when his term runs out. He may be thinking about the fat pension and other benefits a past president is given. Undoubtedly, he will be on a speaking tour to add to the millions of dollars he already has.
Franklin County has a Route Marijuana running through its boundaries. Officially it’s known as Interstate 44, which enters the county at Sullivan and travels through St. Clair and Pacific. I-44 is a short distance from Washington and Union.
All murders are repugnant. But the most nauseating are those that result in deaths of newborns in abortion clinics. In what may be the most sickening case ever of murder in an abortion clinic occurred in Philadelphia where a doctor sank to a new low in murder.
Prior to my mother’s decision to stop smoking in 2010, she smoked every day. Virginia Slims were her favorite. As a child, I remember standing next to her in many drug stores as she asked the sales clerk for “a pack of Virginia Slims Light Menthol.” The all-white carton with green detailing was a package I had grown to know too well.
The Franklin County Commission has shelved its “pave every road in the county” program. That was an ambitious program started several years ago which encountered oversight and rework problems that were costly. The program also was controversial because of a lack of justification for paving some roads with little traffic and even some for which the property owners adjoining them really didn’t want a hard-surface road.
The Washington Volunteer Fire Company will hold its first Junior Fire Academy June 4-6 for youngsters ages 14-18. The goal is to introduce young people to fire department operations and instill in them an interest in serving their community in this type of volunteer service.
The IRS scandal that is engulfing Capitol Hill is going to burn for a long, long time.
The IRS scandal that is engulfing Capitol Hill is going to burn for a long, long time.
The headline read: “GOP May Push Benghazi Attack Into 2016 Contest.” The terrorist attack that killed four people, including our ambassador to Libya, at the U. S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi last September, continues to be in the news, especially due to congressional hearings. It’s not going to go away.
We agree with State Rep. Dave Schatz that putting money into the state’s roads and bridges is a “smart investment” in jobs and the economy.
Our military has a serious problem with sexual assaults and high ranking officers say they recognize it and are dealing with it. We hope so.
The 10 Iraqi journalists who visited The Missourian the past week were an interesting, but a diverse, opinionated group. They didn’t agree with each other on many of the ongoing issues in that country.
The announcement last week that free rides are available to military veterans who have hospital appointments in St. Louis certainly was well received. It’s a great service for the men and women who served their country in the military.
The fact that St. Clair Ambulance District board members and some of their spouses have personal cellphones to use as they please at taxpayers’ expense is appalling.
It was with sadness Sunday when we read in the Post-Dispatch that the Rev. Lawrence Biondi planned to retire as president of St. Louis University after more than 25 years in the lead chair. If you have been following the St. Louis U. story for some time, it is obvious that he was forced to retire by a rebellious faculty and students who joined in the ouster movement, undoubtedly influenced by some of their instructors.
A crowd estimated at near 200 turned out last Thursday night to recognize Paula Obermark, retiring executive director of the Franklin County Area United Way. She has been with the organization 33 years.
We don’t know about you, our readers, but we are sick of political correctness nonsense. Our attention was directed to Washington, D.C., where the Redskins football team is under attack because the team’s nickname is offensive to Native Americans.
We read with more than casual interest a column by David Webber that was in the Columbia Missourian. It had to do with “Five Lessons Learned From Legislators.” Webber has been a political scientist for 30 years. Needless to say, he’s been around.
Words are inadequate to describe the life of Pastor Herman Otten of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Haven. This Sunday he will conduct his final service as the full-time, called pastor of Trinity Lutheran. He is stepping back from being a full-time pastor after 55 years of remarkable service to his church and congregation. He is 80 years old.
As sure as trees and flowers will bloom, and grass will grow in the springtime, vandals will be out doing their despicable acts, such as destroying mailboxes. Last weekend, about 26 mailboxes on Bluff Road, just west of Washington, were destroyed or damaged by vandals.
Franklin County had the first Honor Flight organization in Missouri. Tuesday it became the first to have as a guardian Miss Missouri, who is Tippe Emmott of Springfield.
A bill that is advancing in the Missouri Legislature would make county sheriffs responsible for the entire process of issuing conceal and carry permits — including the printing of the actual permit card.
The United States is being pressured to enter the civil war in Syria. It would be a mistake for this country to become involved in another conflict in that part of the world.
Someone called politics “the art of the possible.” But, in the era of the modern welfare state, politics is largely the art of the impossible.
Mayor Sandy Lucy and members of the Washington Area Highway Transportation Committee were informed Monday of a plan by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to add wide shoulders to Highway 47 from the north end of the Washington bridge to Highway 94 at Dutzow. The mayor said it all: “This is really good news.”
Republicans in the Missouri General Assembly handed Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, a defeat on the Medicaid expansion issue. It not only was a defeat for the governor, but for the people. It also was a blow to Mercy Hospital Washington and to all hospitals in Missouri.
We hate to blow a few holes (pun intended) in the manufactured controversy that is sucking up all of the oxygen in the state Legislature, but no one is going to take any one’s guns away in Missouri.
We applaud the decision this week by the Washington School Board to upgrade the Washington High School outdoor athletic facility.
A new star has arrived in law enforcement. Surveillance cameras are not new, and their importance in fighting crime is hardly new, but after what happened in Boston, the manufacturers, distributors and sellers of these cameras should be headed for a boom in business.
Emily Braun can spell.
We don’t agree with Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of legislation that would have imposed local sales taxes on vehicles bought from out-of-state dealers or through sales between private parties. It’s the second time in two years that the governor has turned his back on the General Assembly’s legislation to correct this unfairness to Missouri vehicle dealers and to counties and cities that are shortchanged in sales tax funds.
High-ranking military officers supposedly always have been held to higher personal conduct standards than the personnel under them. But now they are going to be under much stricter conduct review.
Why hasn’t this issue come up before? The inquiry is, Show me evidence that the massive infrastructure spending supports our mission in Afghanistan. The inquiry was by Sen. Claire McCaskill of the Show Me state.
It may be a first for us. While we aren’t 100 percent on board with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on this issue, we are leaning on their side until convinced otherwise.
The threat of bombings by terrorists will be with us forever. Whatever their causes, terrorists will use bombs to kill and injure people and to create fear in people. There is no 100 percent protection that is possible.
The U.S. Senate backed away from gun controls the past week, probably killing any chances for another attempt, and certainly delaying any more action on the issue in this session. Even with a major effort by the White House for controls, senators bowed to pressure from gun advocates and the National Rifle Association and rejected proposed controls.
The physical plant at any high school includes the athletic facilities. The condition of them is important. The condition tells a story about the district.
The jockeying by both party members over the federal government budget is a seesaw battle that is all politics. The Republicans want some cuts. The Democrats want higher taxes for some segments of the population, continued spending, except now President Obama has interjected Social Security and Medicare cuts into the political mix.
One of the pleasures of working in community journalism is being able to share the stories that inspire and uplift.
Friday April 12, was the 68th anniversary of the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Ga. He was 63 years old and had been in failing health.
The U.S. Postal Service has backed off its plan to eliminate most deliveries of mail on Saturdays — at least for now. The Postal Service’s board of governors was critical of Congress in announcing the dropping of plans to curb Saturday deliveries in what it called a cost-saving measure.
The ban on cellphones in Franklin County’s judicial building is justified. There have been only a few problems to date, but the threat of more situations that could tamper with the judicial process is real. There is a safety element also.