Embattled Judge Roy Moore of Alabama, who is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, is fighting off calls for him to drop out due to claims from five women of alleged sexual misconduct. Many senators have called for him to quit the race, and one even said if Moore is elected that august…

It is not unusual for governors to try to influence state boards and commissions – even those constitutionally designed to be independent and apolitical.

It’s tough to lose a state championship game, finishing second, but the Washington High School soccer Blue Jays have earned an accomplishment that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

There hasn’t been a great deal of publicity about it, but there is another movement afoot for St. Louis city to merge with St. Louis County. The Wall Street Journal in its Nov. 4-5, issue devoted about a half page (A3) to “Rethinking the ‘Great Divorce’,” a division that occurred in 1876.

The threat of a mass shooting is something Americans have to live with today. A mass shooting can occur anywhere. Who would ever have thought a shooter would enter a small church in a tiny town in Texas and kill 26 people and wound another 20?

We have some modest advice for Republicans regarding the tax bill unveiled last week – don’t screw this up.

When did this current wave of patriotism capture the attention of Americans? Some people believe it started when Ronald Reagan was president. Others will tell you it came some time after the Vietnam War, which divided the country, but they can’t pinpoint the exact time.

The timing for it at the start of Veterans Week was terrible. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a coward, a deserter, escaped death or a prison term. At least he was given a dishonorable discharge from the Army.

The good news is that the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) recognizes the congestion on Highway 47 between Washington and St. Clair, and it is the No. 1 priority in Franklin County.

The city of Washington’s special committee to look into possible capital improvement projects to be funded by a continuation of the half-cent sales tax, which will be up for renewal in 2018, should consider a second access to the riverfront.

 

You can’t stop what is fundamentally economic reality. The market always wins in the long run.

Associated Press stories have said that hackers “disrupted” last year’s presidential election. Did they disrupt or try to disrupt the election? The election went pretty well as planned and on schedule.

The city of Washington has formed a capital improvement sales tax committee to study and recommend whether or not the city should continue its half-cent sales tax for needed capital improvements. The tax has been in force since 1989 and has been renewed several times by voters.

On Monday, NBC fired author and political journalist Mark Halperin following multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

You would have a tough time explaining to Scenic Regional Library officials that print is on the way out — pushed by the electronic wave. That may be true in some parts of the country, but in Scenic Regional Library territory, print dominates.

It has been called goofy and a game-changer, revolutionary and a pipe dream. Whatever the label, it has state officials gushing.

It has been known in political circles for some time that Gov. Eric Greitens’ focus is on the White House and being governor of Missouri is just a stepping stone.

The Washington parks board at its last meeting discussed the possible closure of the municipal swimming pool. The board does not have the final word on the pool. It can only recommend matters to the city council.

 

There is concern in some circles of human thought that too many college professors lean too far to the left and their teachings have a negative impact on students. As Columnist Walter Williams writes on this page, leftists’ teachings undermine basic American principles and values. 

 

There are 238 proposals from cities, including St. Louis and Kansas City, that are in the competition to be the site for a second Amazon headquarters. Cities in the mix are from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. 

 

At the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Columbia and after  viewing the work of the inductees, it reminded us again the fact that photojournalists record history with their photos.

President Donald Trump invites criticism with so many of his actions, and he deserves it in many of the incidents. However, it is his use of some words that leave him open for criticism.

The National Football League (NFL) has taken another hit. Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco quarterback, who started all this unpatriotic kneeling when the national anthem is played before games, has filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging collusion.

The 13th class of inductees into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame will be recognized Thursday in ceremonies in Columbia. The Photojournalism Hall of Fame was established in Washington in 2005. After 10 years in Washington, the Hall of Fame was moved to Columbia.

John Behrer has retired from the Shaw Nature Reserve at Villa Ridge after a 39-year career there, 35 years as superintendent/director. The 2,400-acre Reserve made steady progress under his guidance.

For many political years, Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt have joined forces in support of Missouri projects. They may disagree when it comes to some issues, but when it’s for the betterment of Missouri, political parties are cast aside and they work together.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety have issued a challenge to drivers this Friday. It’s Buckle Up, Phone 

The city traffic commission has debated the closing of Cedar Street between the parish school buildings for one block between Second and Third streets. The street is barricaded to protect children while crossing the street, or at times when students are playing in the street.

When presidents of the United States can’t get what they want in legislation, they use executive orders to accomplish almost the same thing. Most presidents in recent years have used executive orders to move their agendas.

Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a pro football game at Indianapolis when a dozen of the members of the San Francisco team dropped to their knees when the national anthem was played. He said he will not dignify any event that shows disrespect for “our soldiers, our flag or our nationa…

You can’t blame Warren County leaders for wanting their own community college. They understand the critical role community colleges play in workforce development. Companies can’t find enough qualified, skilled workers to fuel growth. It’s the same story across the state.

It came as no surprise Tuesday when Attorney General Josh Hawley announced he will run for the U.S. Senate on the Republican ticket in 2018. If successful, he will face Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, in the general election next year. McCaskill is not expected to have any trouble winning the Democrat primary election.

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What caused a normal-appearing man to suddenly explode and become a mass murderer? Authorities are trying to get into the deceased head of Stephen Paddock, the shooter in the Las Vegas massacre, to discover a motive. With 59 dead and more than 500 injured, what he did is the worst massacre i…

Actions by law enforcement officers during the protest marches in St. Louis during the unrest, due to a judge finding a white police officer not guilty of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a drug dealer suspect, who was black, are being investigated.

The AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety said a study made by a University of Utah professor on the impact of infotainment systems on new car dashboards has created a safety problem for drivers who are distracted by the technology.

Sen. Roy Blunt spoke on the Senate floor the past week in support of tax reform, and what he said, we believe, is what all Missourians want in our tax code. What he said has been said before but Congress has never been able to produce the reforms because of pressure from special interest groups.

The College of the Ozarks, near Branson, announced that it won’t play any team whose players don’t stand for the national anthem.

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson is trying to reach out to North Korea to see if something can be done to control that country’s nuclear weapons development. President Donald Trump said Tillerson is “wasting his time.”

There are still a few months to go in year 2017, but right now the leader for the Dumber Than Dumb Award in Government is Dr. Tom Price, who just resigned as Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary.

We applaud Ameren Missouri’s announcement this past week to invest $1 billion in wind and solar power technology.

College sports have become big business. The athletic teams generate millions of dollars every year. The recruiting of athletes is highly competitive. With the huge sums of money involved in the sports programs, there is corruption.

It may not seem like a big deal to Americans, but allowing women to operate a vehicle is a major happening in Saudi Arabia. It’s a big victory for women in that highly conservative country.

There was a time when we thought term limits were a good idea for the Missouri General Assembly. Not anymore! Term limits have proven to be wrong for the people of Missouri.

The National Football League players who knelt or raised their fists during the playing of the national anthem at Sunday’s games insulted all Americans, especially veterans who fought under the American flag, and provided the freedom that permits men to play pro football and draw huge salaries.

Out here in the outskirts of metro St. Louis, we are worried about the big city to the east. What happens in St. Louis affects all of the metro area. Franklin County is part of the metro area. We should be worried!

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