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Wednesday 04/16/2014
Wishy-Washy Representative
Updated: April 16, 2014 - 8:33 am

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.

Boston Strong
Updated: April 16, 2014 - 8:35 am

The eyes of the country and the world are fixed on Boston this week on the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Voter Apathy Reigns
Updated: April 16, 2014 - 8:35 am

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.

Saturday 04/12/2014
Posted: April 12, 2014

State Sen. Brian Nieves likes to campaign in combat terms. 

Big City in Trouble — Chicago
Posted: April 12, 2014

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.

Use Tax Defeat
Posted: April 12, 2014

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.

The Library Tax Vote
Posted: April 12, 2014

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.

Wednesday 04/09/2014
Drugs, Drugs Everywhere
Posted: April 09, 2014

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.

Hung Up on Bicycles
Posted: April 09, 2014

Rep. Paul Curtman may not have anything against bicyclists but some of them really don’t like him.

Is Bush the GOP Choice?
Posted: April 09, 2014

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.

Library Levy Passes--Let's Celebrate and Declare Our Love
Updated: April 09, 2014 - 10:14 am

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.

Sunday 04/06/2014
Ideology vs. Pragmatism
Posted: April 06, 2014

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 Continues to Rule
Posted: April 06, 2014

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.

Victory for Mothers
Posted: April 06, 2014

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?

Thursday 04/03/2014
Library Tax Vote
Posted: April 03, 2014

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.

Honoring Honor Flight
Posted: April 03, 2014

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.

Why Should Putin Back Down?
Posted: April 03, 2014

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.

Friday 03/28/2014
Be Informed!
Posted: March 28, 2014

Do you know who is running for office in the April elections? Do you know what other issues are on the ballot?

A Losing Battle?
Posted: March 28, 2014

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.

Players With Union Cards
Posted: March 28, 2014

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.

Thursday 03/27/2014
Spelling R-E-P-E-A-T
Posted: March 27, 2014

Bravo to Emily Braun for winning The Bee, The Missourian’s annual spelling bee competition, Saturday morning for the second year in a row.

Denied Protection Under Code
Posted: March 27, 2014

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.

About Junior ROTC . . .
Posted: March 27, 2014

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.

Saturday 03/22/2014
Filing Deadline Is Tuesday
Posted: March 22, 2014

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 Scouting Heroes
Posted: March 22, 2014

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.

Middle Needs More Passion
Posted: March 22, 2014

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. 

Thursday 03/20/2014
Bring Our Tax Dollars Home
Posted: March 20, 2014

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.

An Election Easy to Call
Posted: March 20, 2014

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.

Wednesday 03/19/2014
Shine a Light
Updated: March 19, 2014 - 2:41 pm

This is Sunshine Week across the country.

Saturday 03/15/2014
The Route A Project
Posted: March 15, 2014

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.

High Times
Updated: March 17, 2014 - 10:06 am

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. 

Wednesday 03/12/2014
Schatz vs. Jones?
Posted: March 12, 2014

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.

Significant Legislation
Posted: March 12, 2014

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.

Pothole Time
Posted: March 12, 2014

There are signs that the worst of winter may be over. That means it is pothole fixing time.

Saturday 03/08/2014
Blue Book to Return
Posted: March 08, 2014

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. 

Abortion Restrictions
Posted: March 08, 2014

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. 

ROTC Uniform Drive Advancing
Posted: March 08, 2014

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.

Thursday 03/06/2014
A Fully Unmasked Putin
Posted: March 06, 2014

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.

It’s Time
Posted: March 06, 2014

Prosecutors from across the state, including Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Bob Parks, are urging lawmakers to pass revisions to the state’s criminal code.

Family Reading Night
Posted: March 06, 2014

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.

Saturday 03/01/2014
Hillary and Missourians
Posted: March 01, 2014

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.

No to Concrete Plant
Posted: March 01, 2014

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.

Is It Worth the Cost?
Posted: March 01, 2014

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.

Declaration of Independence
Posted: March 01, 2014

Dave Schatz declared his independence this week. 

Thursday 02/27/2014
Why Cuts in Defense?
Posted: February 27, 2014

America already has suffered a loss of prestige in the world due to our weak stance in foreign relations and now there are plans to strip our armed forces to where it was in 1940. If the defense cuts are approved, the United States will move to the same status as a Third World country!

Wednesday 02/26/2014
More Tattoos and Earrings
Posted: February 26, 2014

When Rand Paul told Missouri Republicans over the weekend that they needed more people with earrings and tattoos he was merely spinning the postmortem released by the Republican National Committee following the 2012 presidential election.

Benghazi Misinformation
Posted: February 26, 2014

We never believed the initial report on the Benghazi attack by our government was accurate. The deadly attack on the American mission there initially was reported as a “spontaneous” response to protests in Egypt over an offensive video.

Saturday 02/22/2014
Seniors, Driver Safety
Posted: February 22, 2014

As Americans are living longer, there was concern that there would be more traffic accidents involving seniors. That has not happened, according to safety researchers.

Scouts and Good Deeds
Posted: February 22, 2014

Since its very beginning, Boy Scouts of America has advocated good deeds on the part of its membership. In attaining the top rank of Eagle Scout, one of the requirements is to propose a project that would be of general benefit to the community, public or private. The Washington Parks Department is going to benefit from four projects by Boy Scouts.

Relentless Demand
Posted: February 22, 2014

The good news is that the number of clandestine meth labs in the area is down. The bad news is that Franklin County and other parts of Missouri are being flooded with imported crystal meth smuggled in from Mexican “super labs.”