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Saturday 01/31/2015
The Time Is Now
Posted: January 31, 2015

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon began and closed his recent state of the state speech by invoking some of the principles he was taught in the Boy Scouts. One of those principles includes an obligation to leave things better than we’ve found them. 

Wake-Up Call
Posted: January 31, 2015

The poli-optics were lousy.

Wednesday 01/28/2015
State-Sponsored Propaganda
Posted: January 28, 2015

Politicians have been trying to control the press for as long as there have been politicians and a press corps.

The Potential for People Is Great
Posted: January 28, 2015

The city of Washington has taken a huge step forward for its citizens with the acquisition of a parcel of land along the Missouri River that will lead to the expansion of the Rotary Trail that runs along the river.

County School safety Officer
Posted: January 28, 2015

More than several eyes will be on a pilot school safety program that will be launched by Franklin County. A veteran school safety officer from Union, Kevin Anderson, has been hired to direct the program. He will work under the county emergency management director, Abe Cook.

Saturday 01/24/2015
Tax Fault Lines
Posted: January 24, 2015

Taxpayers have to live within their means, so should the government. 

A Serious Proposal?
Posted: January 24, 2015

Is President Obama really serious about making two years of college free at community colleges, or is his proposal just an idea that he knows has no chance of being approved but indicates his strong position on higher education? 

Deer Kill High, But . . .
Posted: January 24, 2015

Deer seem to be everywhere in Missouri. Motorists have to use caution to avoid them, especially when they are most active. The deer have moved into urban areas, exhibiting little fear of people and their developments.

Thursday 01/22/2015
Some Things Never Change
Posted: January 22, 2015

What are the skills employers are most looking for from recent college graduates? 

Muslim Immigration
Posted: January 22, 2015

Warnings were voiced years ago about the immigration of Muslims into France, Germany and other Western countries. The warnings were that the number of immigrants was gradually getting to be a cause for concern. Now reality has set in.

Drone Research
Posted: January 22, 2015

We should accept the fact that drones have a future, and we should learn as much as possible about these unmanned aircrafts. It is good news that the Federal Aviation Administration has approved an application for the University of Missouri to use airspace at MU’s Wurdack Research Center, along the Meramec River, southeast of Rolla, for research and economic development projects. The center has 1,200 acres.

Saturday 01/17/2015
Tourism, a Sleeping Giant?
Posted: January 17, 2015

In reading the detailed report by the director of tourism in Washington, Mary Beth Rettke, in Wednesday’s Missourian several thoughts emerged. One is that tourism really is in its infancy in Washington, and in Franklin County, for that matter, and it has a bright future.

The Crime Scene
Posted: January 17, 2015

Almost every issue of The Missourian has a front page story about a crime occurring or attempted, shootings, a criminal being tried or sentenced, illegal drugs tied to crimes, and law enforcement activities. One of the big differences compared to the past is that more criminals are armed. Also, more criminal instances are occurring in which the would-be victims are armed and have fought back.

Romney Resurfaces
Posted: January 17, 2015

We have said it takes a Washington Monument full of ambition to run for president. The presidential yearning is hard to shake. Take Mitt Romney. He may run for president again.

Our Leaders Are Asleep
Posted: January 17, 2015

When the next terrorist attack on the United States happens, blame our sleeping leaders, who apparently don’t recognize the growing threat from radicalized Muslims.

Wednesday 01/14/2015
Ethically Challenged
Posted: January 14, 2015

Claire McCaskill couldn’t resist stirring the pot a little Monday when she announced she’s not running for governor in 2016.

The Value of an NFL Franchise
Posted: January 14, 2015

The media and public frenzy over the NFL franchise in St. Louis will continue through 2015 since no movement in team locations can be made until 2016, the rulers of the league have proclaimed.

Sounds Good, But . . .
Posted: January 14, 2015

It sounds good but what are the chances of two years of college tuition-free? President Barack Obama has proposed free enrollment at community colleges across the country. In other words, two years of college free to students who qualify.

Saturday 01/10/2015
A Dedicated Public Servant
Posted: January 10, 2015

We have good public servants and some not so good. Sharon Birkman, recorder of deeds in Franklin County for 24 years, was a good one. She retired from the office Dec. 31, and can look with pride on her 46 years as a public servant for the city of Union and the county.

Friday 01/09/2015
Sure Death for Bill
Updated: January 09, 2015 - 2:01 pm

There always are bills filed in the Missouri Legislature that are killed and should be. Some of these silly bills are filed for publicity purposes, to embarrass another elected official or for grandstanding.

Rural Mail in Jeopardy
Updated: January 09, 2015 - 2:01 pm

We have good public servants and some not so good. Sharon Birkman, recorder of deeds in Franklin County for 24 years, was a good one. She retired from the office Dec. 31, and can look with pride on her 46 years as a public servant for the city of Union and the county.

Pay for Members of Congress
Updated: January 09, 2015 - 2:01 pm

Sen. Claire McCaskill has reintroduced bipartisan legislation to end automatic pay raises for members of Congress. Sen. McCaskill, a Democrat, introduced the bill with Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana.

Wednesday 01/07/2015
The Rams, Elusive Kroenke
Posted: January 07, 2015

This Ram may not be battering on the field, but off the field it displays pressure with an impact. And the owner of the NFL football team in St. Louis, Stan Kroenke, is as elusive as a mountain lion in Missouri. He’s not talking, which is his routine persona.

Deputies Now Policemen
Posted: January 07, 2015

St. Charles County has charter government so it can be flexible in tailoring its operations to better fit its needs. A major change that occurred Jan. 1 is that it now has a county police department charged with law enforcement in place of the sheriff’s department handling those duties.

Landfill Permit Was Inevitable
Posted: January 07, 2015

A proposed coal ash landfill in Labadie emerged from a cloud of uncertainty last week when the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) issued a construction permit for Ameren Missouri.

Saturday 01/03/2015
Jive Talking
Posted: January 03, 2015

We’ve previously acknowledged our fondness for fact-checking websites like and Politifact.  

Business Environment
Posted: January 03, 2015

It is an established fact that businesses/industries favor the best possible environment in which to pursue their operations. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in the state. It lobbies for government practices and laws that are favorable to business.

A Tax Credit Laugher
Posted: January 03, 2015

Is this to be taken seriously? A tax credit if you adopt a dog or cat? A Missouri lawmaker has proposed tax credits for people who adopt a pet.

Wednesday 12/31/2014
A Brutal Enemy!
Posted: December 31, 2014

This country has faced brutal enemies before, such as the Nazis and the Japanese in World War II, the North Koreans and Chinese in Korea, and the North Vietnamese in the Vietnam War. But the Islamic State has reached a new low in brutality.

Mission in Afghanistan Fulfilled
Posted: December 31, 2014

The United States officially ended the military mission in Afghanistan Sunday. Our troops still will have a limited role in counterterrorism fighting in that country. In other words we still have a foot there.

"A Slippery Slope"
Updated: January 01, 2015 - 8:15 pm

We don’t blame our county commissioners for wanting to ban anyone who sues the county from speaking at commission meetings.

Saturday 12/27/2014
Backers of the Police Respond
Posted: December 27, 2014

Across the country, police and other law enforcement officers are on the receiving end of support by the general public, fed up with all of the negative stories that have been aimed at the men and women who keep the peace and protect all of us. The negativism is the result of police shootings of black suspects, armed and unarmed, that occurred in St. Louis County municipalities, and the death of a suspect in New York City who had to be physically restrained. Then two New York policemen were shot to death by a black man who then killed himself.

‘The Kansas Miracle’?
Posted: December 27, 2014

We hope Missouri lawmakers are keeping a watchful eye on their counterparts on our western border. 

A Comedy Is Shown
Posted: December 27, 2014

The film “The Interview” played to large crowds of viewers Christmas Day in about 300 smaller theaters across the country, thanks to all the publicity given to the movie when Sony pulled it after the big chains refused to show it. The decision not to show it followed a cyber-attack at Sony, which the U.S. blamed on North Korea, and a terrorist threat against theaters that played the film.

Wednesday 12/24/2014
All Is Calm, All Is Bright
Posted: December 24, 2014

Like every youngster for generations, I participated in the obligatory school Christmas program year after year. I remember singing the carols with great gusto – even if a bit off key. I especially remember the year each class sang a carol in another language. My class sang “Adeste Fideles” (“O Come All Ye Faithful”).

“Wisdom From the Baby”
Posted: December 24, 2014

Our leaders are responsible for all people under their jurisdiction, whether men or women, babies or elderly, white or black, Christian or atheist. Our laws have been designed to respect all our citizens, seeking to support the innocent and chastise the guilty. May our lawmakers and law enforcers apply equal justice under the law, dispensing compassion where compassion is due, and punishment where punishment is due.

A White Christmas
Posted: December 24, 2014

I recently heard that “White Christmas” is now politically incorrect.

The First Christmas
Posted: December 24, 2014

This is the time of year one typically hears the following statements: “Remember the reason for the season,” “Be sure to keep Christ in Christmas,” or “It’s not your birthday.”

“God With Skin On”
Posted: December 24, 2014

In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the Word was God. Long before God uttered the words, “Let there be light,” the Word was. Long before God spoke creation into existence, the Word was with God. There was not a time when there was no Word, there was not a time when He was not with God, there was not a time when He was not God.

Do Not Be Afraid!
Posted: December 24, 2014

Our society seems to operate on the basis of fear. More and more lately, I have heard my friends and neighbors reciting a litany of fear, much of it gleaned from the television news. At home and abroad, fear dominates the headlines and drives wedges between us and our neighbors. Whether along racial lines, national lines, religious lines, or political lines, we are becoming more and more isolated from one another, as fear pushes us to build up walls and dig trenches to protect ourselves. Ours is a fear-based economy.

Greatest Gift Ever Given to Man
Posted: December 24, 2014

What is in a date? We know that dates can help us keep track of time, as in days, months, and years. We use date to measure duration of time over days, months and years. A date can also be used to point to a particular point or period of time at which something happened or existed.

Through Him, Peace, Hope
Posted: December 24, 2014

Each Christmas, the people of our nation and world celebrate the coming of the Savior in a myriad of ways. From perfectly decorated Christmas trees to dancing lights displayed on houses and businesses alike, this is a season of great excitement. For most households, the Christmas décor isn’t complete without a picturesque portrayal of the Nativity scene.

On Christmas, Reach Out . . .
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 8:32 am

Merry Christmas!

Do We Believe?
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 8:35 am

Yes! We do believe all that the Word of God tells us of and about the birth of Jesus Christ.

New Faith, New Perspective
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 8:33 am

It is one of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite movies. George Bailey is running down the streets of Bedford Falls. The snow is falling as he shouts “Merry Christmas” to his hometown.

God Is With Us, God Lives
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 8:34 am

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon His shoulders; and He is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Christmas Meditation 2014
Posted: December 24, 2014

My cluttered office walls are adorned with cartoons, illustrations and art that I need to stare at every day, I suppose. They include a series of four paintings called “The Voyage of Life” by 19th century landscape artist Thomas Cole, two Salvador Dali’s, Rembrandt’s “Prodigal Son,” an African drum for circle gatherings, a mason beehive transformed to a prayer habitat, diplomas and certificates (to convince myself that I’m “legit”), plus irresistible finds such as a Star Wars character Meyers-Briggs temperament chart, church conference tiki bar and tattoo coupons, a Simpsons last supper at Moe’s, a vintage Winnie the Pooh sentiment, and then my favorite illustration…

Saturday 12/20/2014
Emmaus Will Endure
Posted: December 20, 2014

These are uncertain times for Emmaus Homes’ Marthasville campus, a place where 78 adults with developmental disabilities call home. 

Our Cuban Policy
Posted: December 20, 2014

One way to view our change in policies toward Cuba is that it is a victory for the people of both countries. People who have visited Cuba in recent decades — the ones we have talked to — all said we should relax our policies toward Cuba, just 90 miles from Florida.

Thursday 12/18/2014
A Lost Language
Posted: December 18, 2014

Make no mistake about it. The St. Clair R-XIII School District is doing many, many great things to educate our students today so they can become the leaders of tomorrow.