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Saturday 07/23/2016
Trump’s Speech
Posted: July 23, 2016

Probably the main result to expect from Donald Trump’s speech Thursday when he accepted the Republican nomination for president is that he may have convinced voters on the Trump fringe to vote for him — that is, unless he gets out of control on the general election campaign trail.

Race Is a Slugfest
Posted: July 23, 2016

Missouri races for attorney general usually are sort of mild political bouts. But this year’s Republican primary race between state Sen. Kurt Schaefer and Josh Hawley, a Mizzou law school faculty member, is a slugfest. Both are from Columbia. 

Helped or Harmed Trump?
Posted: July 23, 2016

The appearance of Donald Trump’s children during the Republican National Convention has stirred conversation about whether they helped him or perhaps harmed him.

Wednesday 07/20/2016
Melania Trump's Speech
Posted: July 20, 2016

Melania Trump, wife of the expected Republican nominee for president, spoke Monday night at the GOP convention in Cleveland. She surprised many people with her poise, delivery and with what she said. From most points of view, she helped her husband’s cause.

How Many More . . .?
Posted: July 20, 2016

The killer who gunned down police officers in Baton Rouge was a former Marine, familiar with guns, African-American, and had some affiliation with an antigovernment group.

No. 2's Problem Is No. 1
Posted: July 20, 2016

Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana has a solid record as a conservative Republican, and his government service record is good. As the No. 2 man to No. 1, The Donald, he’s in for a political ride that will resemble a runaway car on a high, steep up and down, theme park ride.

Trustworthiness Questioned?
Updated: July 22, 2016 - 10:25 am

Is a candidate trustworthy if his website states something that technically is not true? Jason Kander, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, says he is a fifth-generation Missourian, and his website states he was born in Overland Park, Kansas, which is next door to Missouri.

Saturday 07/16/2016
Ignore Transportation
Posted: July 16, 2016

We did not attend the session in St. Charles the past week when the four Republican candidates for governor discussed state issues. However, in reading the Associated Press report of the meeting, nothing was said about a crisis in Missouri — transportation funding.

We’re Being Judged
Posted: July 16, 2016

National judges with the America in Bloom program will be in Washington Monday and Tuesday to look over the city, and to see how it meets requirements in the annual competition.

Political Supreme Court
Posted: July 16, 2016

If Americans had any doubts about how political the U.S. Supreme Court is, thanks to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg they now know. Ginsburg confirmed just how political it is through comments she made about Donald Trump.

Interim Time at Mizzou
Posted: July 16, 2016

The University of Missouri System, anchored by the campus in Columbia, probably has a first in its history — an interim president, interim chancellor and now an interim athletic director.

Thursday 07/14/2016
Homegrown Killers, Terrorists
Posted: July 14, 2016

With what happened in Dallas, the question is how many more Micah Johnsons are there in America, waiting to explode, killing policemen and civilians? They are homegrown terrorists with a grudge against police — mad at the world — and inspired  by radical postings on the  Internet.

Less Accountability
Posted: July 14, 2016

We don’t agree with Gov. Jay Nixon putting his signature on a bill that restricts access to video from police car dashboards and body cameras.

Sanders’ About-Face
Posted: July 14, 2016

Bernie Sanders Tuesday endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president. It is viewed as a Democratic Party unity move. Sanders gave Hillary a fit at times before dropping out. His “political revolution” cry has died.

Police Chief Is Right
Posted: July 14, 2016

The police chief in Dallas, Texas, after the killing of police officers there, said, “We’re asking cops to do too much.”

Saturday 07/09/2016
Freedoms Taken for Granted
Posted: July 09, 2016

One of the major problems facing America is that too many people have no appreciation of the freedoms they enjoy.

The Legal Agility of the Clintons
Posted: July 09, 2016

There has never been a power couple in United States history to compare to Bill and Hillary Clinton. They are adept at skirting the law, have the luxury of being given a free pass by the media and government agencies, and are bloated with ambition.

Protests, Shootings Out of Control
Posted: July 09, 2016

There appears to be no end in sight of the killings in America’s cities. The killing of five police officers in Dallas Thursday night during a protest is the latest of the violence. Seven other officers were wounded, along with two citizens. The police killed one suspect and others are being held.

Name-Calling Sewer Overflow
Posted: July 09, 2016

If you like sewer name-calling, the 2016 election is for you! It’s not the first time it has happened in presidential campaigns, but in this age of rapid communications the sourness of the sewer language really has wings.

Thursday 07/07/2016
Not Trustworthy
Posted: July 07, 2016

In more than 60 years of experience with political parties in Missouri, The Missourian editor has never had to deal with the kind of incident that occurred this past week. As a result, we will not accept any more news releases from the Missouri Democratic Party. The reason is because we do not trust its headquarters in Jefferson City and what it says in its news releases.

Little Hope for Highway 47
Posted: July 07, 2016

Motorists who travel Highway 47 between Washington, Union and St. Clair can expect no improvements to address the congestion in the foreseeable future

Sen. Schatz Needs to Listen
Posted: July 07, 2016

Our state senator, Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, needs to listen to law enforcement officers who are concerned about a bill vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon regarding gun regulations that Republicans will try to override in the veto session in September. The governor vetoed the bill after listening to the concerns of law enforcement officers, and even some gun dealers.

Saturday 07/02/2016
Declaration of Independence
Posted: July 02, 2016

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Thursday 06/30/2016
Brexit, What Does It Mean?
Posted: June 30, 2016

The European Union, what is its purpose? What about Brexit? What does it mean? How does all of this media attention to Brexit affect the average American, and Missourian? 

Veto Warranted
Posted: June 30, 2016

Many Missourians may not agree, but Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 636 on gun regulations was warranted. He did the right thing.

Court Ruling on Health
Posted: June 30, 2016

The United States Supreme Court again has upheld the right to abortions, rejecting any limits that might stand in the way, even though the issue really was a health issue regarding the clinics where abortions are performed.

EDITORS NOTE: Post Dispatch Editorial Falsely Attributed to the Washington Missourian
Updated: June 30, 2016 - 1:36 pm


Saturday 06/25/2016
New Education Requirements
Posted: June 25, 2016

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law a package of requirements for public schools, including one that requires passage of a civics test before a  student can graduate from high school.

They Are Motivated
Posted: June 25, 2016

There are two political parties on the Aug. 2 ballots that you don’t hear much about, but the candidates under those banners are committed to the principles of  their parties. 

MoDOT Cost Share Program
Posted: June 25, 2016

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has provided information on its Missouri Moves Cost Share Program. It provides financial assistance to public and private applicants for state and local needed projects.

Immigration Plan Killed
Posted: June 25, 2016

It undoubtedly was good news to many Americans when the U.S. Supreme Court voted 4-4 to kill President Obama’s plan to defer deportation and provide work authorization for millions of illegal immigrants. The tie vote left standing a ruling by a federal judge in Texas that ordered the policy be put on hold after a number of states sued the administration over the Obama policy.

Thursday 06/23/2016
We Must Be Optimistic
Posted: June 23, 2016

The state of the Union is being battered by pessimistic citizens who have allowed conditions to darken their convictions of what America is all about and its survival as a republic.

Guns Triumph
Posted: June 23, 2016

If there’s one concern that stands out with people on the gun issue is that the sale of assault weapons, usually the types used in wars,  should be banned. Congress isn’t hearing that plea.

This Was No Surprise
Posted: June 23, 2016

Donald Trump fired his campaign manager. That sounded the alert bell about the future if he is elected president. Or it raised questions.

Wednesday 06/22/2016
Forgotten War Forgotten?
Posted: June 22, 2016

It’s been called the Forgotten War — the Korean War (1950-1953). It also was the Ignored War because so many did just that — ignored it while it was fought and when the troops came home.

Saturday 06/18/2016
Teaching CPR in Schools
Posted: June 18, 2016

The Missouri General Assembly passed and the governor has signed a bill requiring CPR to be taught in schools, beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.

County Explored Bi-State Link
Posted: June 18, 2016

Franklin County is exploring a possible membership with the Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District.

The Confederate Flag
Posted: June 18, 2016

There are millions of people in America who are not offended by the flying of the Confederate flag as long as it does not supersede the United States flag.

Words to Heed on Transportation
Posted: June 18, 2016

Stephen R. Miller’s term will end with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission July 1, 2016. He served as chairman of the commission for two consecutive terms. His viewpoints based on his experience are revealing and should be heeded.

Why Aren't We Using Technology?
Posted: June 18, 2016

The United States leads the world in technology. We have the best computer minds in the world. Then why don’t we turn to them and to our data collection resources to develop a plan, a program, to be able to better identify would-be terrorists — at least to prevent them from buying guns?

Thursday 06/16/2016
Primary Election Candidates
Posted: June 16, 2016

When Franklin County voters go to the polls in the Aug. 2 primary election, they will be greeted with ballots with many names of candidates who they are not familiar with, or never heard of before. That’s not unusual. We’ve had elections like this one before.

No End to Questions
Posted: June 16, 2016

Another mass shooting. This one in Orlando, Fla., with 49 dead and 53 wounded. The gunman killed by police. A terrorist-type massacre. The gunman apparently had some ties to ISIS. Attended a local mosque.

World Responds to Killings
Posted: June 16, 2016

The killings in Orlando have shocked the world. Many people in a large number of countries, even before the massacre, viewed America as a dangerous place to live and even visit. The Orlando killings reinforce that belief.

Rex Whitton’s Days
Posted: June 16, 2016

On the third editorial page of this issue, Mark D. Hughes has a commentary on Rex Whitton, a name probably unknown today to many Missourians. Rex Whitton was a transportation giant, and did he ever leave his mark on Missouri!

Saturday 06/11/2016
The Bridge
Posted: June 11, 2016


They Call Him the Greatest
Posted: June 11, 2016

There is no question that Muhammad Ali was, in his prime, a good, even outstanding, boxer. The greatest boxer ever? The media has made him out to be just that.

Missouri Curators
Posted: June 11, 2016

Gov. Jay Nixon has named three new curators for the University of Missouri System. The nine-member board now is complete. One of their most important initial responsibilities is to select a new president.

Blow to Gun Advocates
Posted: June 11, 2016

federal appeals court in California ruled 7-4 that Americans have no Second Amendment right to carry concealed guns in public.

Thursday 06/09/2016
Cost-Sharing Funding
Posted: June 09, 2016

Now that $20 million has been approved for the Missouri Department of Transportation for cost-sharing projects, the environmental study for improvements to Highway 47 between Washington and St. Clair comes to mind.

Two-Faced Missouri Lawmakers
Posted: June 09, 2016

Our state of Missouri is generally conservative, especially in rural areas. Missourians are religious-minded. The state Legislature has a conservative bent. Overall, Missourians could be said to be good people, honest, caring and respectful to others, showing an ethical face.