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We have situations now in which highly trained military officers and enlisted men and women are being mustered out of service due to a changing war scene and budget cuts. Finding a job can be difficult now and could be worse in the near future.
A woman wrote us this week concerned about bullying by some Franklin County government employees.
People of the world become captivated with a mystery. It’s human nature. Many people are fascinated by alleged conspiracies, far out as they may be. They ignore facts and don’t want their conspiracy theories ruptured.
Lawmakers in both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly passed bills this week banning the sales of electronic nicotine delivery devices to minors.
The Missouri General Assembly has spent considerable time this session on a modest Republican income tax cut proposal that will be vetoed by Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon. The prospects for an override appear possible.
We all know how the digital age has changed many of the routine things we do at work, at home and in school. But paper and pencils aren’t dead. And, the younger generation isn’t held captive 100 percent by the digital environment.
Rep. Paul Curtman, who represents Union, part of Washington and a portion of Franklin County in the Missouri House, is about as wishy-washy as they come. He doesn’t represent the people. He represents himself and his narrow ideology that is to the right of the tea party.
The eyes of the country and the world are fixed on Boston this week on the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.
If the voter apathy continues in its downward slide in local elections, the day may not be too far removed that less than 10 percent of the registered voters will elect mayors, council and school board members and a host of other local officials of taxing entities in our county.
State Sen. Brian Nieves likes to campaign in combat terms.
How would you like to be Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago? It has the worst pension crisis of any major U.S. city, the Associated Press reported. Chicago’s pension systems have just 35 percent of the money needed to pay benefits.
A proposed 1.5 percent use tax in Franklin County was rejected by a big margin by voters in last Tuesday’s election. With only about 13 percent of the registered voters showing up at the polls, nearly 60 percent said no to the tax. The vote was 5,075 no to 3,426 yes.
Some people have expressed surprise at the positive vote for a property tax hike for Scenic Regional Library. We view it, even though it was a close victory, as a vote of confidence for the library that serves a three-county area.
We aren’t the first to say this is a very difficult time in America’s history to raise children. We say that because of the preponderance of illegal drugs that have invaded the environment.
Rep. Paul Curtman may not have anything against bicyclists but some of them really don’t like him.
The endless speculation about who the Republicans will run against Democrat Hillary Clinton seems to be focusing more and more on Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida. Hillary has not announced her intentions, but her ambitions and with the groundwork laid, she is ahead in polls of any other Democrat mentioned as a possible candidate.
It was hard to sleep last night. At 10:15 p.m., I checked The Missourian’s website and found out that the levy increase to benefit Scenic Regional Library had passed. Citizens rose to the occasion and cast their “yes” votes, affirming their belief in the life-changing opportunities that libraries offer. We all have much to be grateful for and reason to celebrate.
A testy 20-minute exchange between two state GOP senators this past week offered a microcosm of the internal struggle playing out within the Republican Party across the country.
Money will continue to rule in politics. The U.S. Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote has struck down some caps on political contributions.
It isn’t often that legislation passes the Missouri General Assembly without a no vote, and then is signed by the governor. House Bill 1320 is proof the lawmakers and the executive branch can agree on something. However, one may question as to the critical need for such a bill. Was there a serious problem with this matter?
There aren’t many people who are endeared to property taxes. Yet property taxes are necessary for the services they provide. The services provided add to the quality of life in a community and area.
In a break from tradition, three men from Union received the 2014 Washingtonian Award Saturday night at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.
Our government is wasting its time in trying to negotiate a Ukraine settlement with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. His standing with the Russian people has never been higher.
Do you know who is running for office in the April elections? Do you know what other issues are on the ballot?
Efforts have been made to curb the population decline in the city of St. Louis for many years. It’s been a losing battle although some progress has been made. If it hadn’t been for the slight progress, the decline would be even greater.
How would you like to be a coach who has unionized players and you no longer can tell them how long to practice, what drills can be conducted, perhaps even be forced to use only players who have a card, limit the number of games played and only schools with unionized players can be scheduled? Sounds far-fetched? It could happen, but not soon.
Bravo to Emily Braun for winning The Bee, The Missourian’s annual spelling bee competition, Saturday morning for the second year in a row.
Two of the main reasons Franklin County has planning and zoning regulations is to control growth in a reasonable manner and to provide protection for property owners.
Several misconceptions need to be cleared up as the fund campaign to raise money for uniforms for the students who enroll in the Junior ROTC program in August at Washington High School rolls onward. It has to do chiefly with the purpose of the program.
The deadline to file for local, state and federal offices that will be on the Aug. 5 primary ballot is this coming Tuesday, March 25. A few races have developed for some offices.
Two of Scouting’s top ambassadors were honored Thursday night at the first Community for Scouting dinner ever held in the Greater St. Louis Area Council.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill suggested our country’s malaise with its government is due in part to Congress spending too much time listening to the “noisemakers” rather than working together to solve the country’s problems.
Sen. Claire McCaskill was here Tuesday to talk about legislation to upgrade our nation’s roads and bridges and other infrastructure. The idea also is to create jobs and give a boost to businesses.
If there ever was an election that was easy to call as to the outcome it was Sunday’s balloting in Ukraine area of Crimea. Reportedly 95 percent of the Crimeans voted to leave Ukraine and become part of Russia.
This is Sunshine Week across the country.
There will be delays for the next 18 months to two years while Route A between Washington and Union is improved. The work on the two-lane stretch of roadway will be a test of patience for motorists.
There was a time not too long ago when holding a town hall meeting on reforming marijuana laws held at East Central College would be incomprehensible.
State Sen. Brian Nieves is leaving the Senate the same way he entered it — by blasting the “establishment” and local Republicans he doesn’t approve of.
It is rare indeed when the U. S. Senate approves legislation by a 97-0 vote. It happened Monday when the McCaskill-Ayotte-Fischer bill was approved. The legislation is a measure to curb sex crimes in the military and to bring justice to victims in judicial proceedings.
There are signs that the worst of winter may be over. That means it is pothole fixing time.
Thanks to the Missouri Press Association, the state Blue Book will be printed again. The General Assembly discontinued printing the Official Manual, State of Missouri book, commonly known as the Blue Book because of its traditional blue cover and back.
Missouri lawmakers debated laws restricting abortions this past week. That’s nothing new. It is a debate that occurs to some degree or in one form or another each year in the Missouri General Assembly.
The initial response in the first two weeks of the fund drive to pay for uniforms for the Junior Naval ROTC program that will begin next year at Washington High School has been encouraging. More than $10,000 has been raised toward the $25,000 goal.
It is clear to all now that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a world class liar. He can’t be trusted. He’s a leader who is a threat not only to the Ukraine but to other countries.
Prosecutors from across the state, including Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Bob Parks, are urging lawmakers to pass revisions to the state’s criminal code.
The Family Reading Night this Friday shapes up as one of the best ever. The three honored guests who will be there include a search and rescue dog who was a hero after the devastating tornado at Joplin.
If Hillary Clinton seeks the Democratic nomination for president, and it’s a sure bet she will, and if she is elected, a couple of Missourians are going to be even in better shape politically than they already are.
We agree with the Missouri Botanical Garden, which operates the Shaw Nature Reserve at Gray Summit, that the proposed location of a ready mix concrete near the nature reserve should not be allowed. The matter is before the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission.
Russia spent $51 billion to host the recently ended Olympic Winter Games. That raises the question of whether it’s worth that kind of money.
Dave Schatz declared his independence this week.