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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Final Program Here
Posted: October 22, 2014

The 10th annual induction program at the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame will be held in Washington Thursday evening. It will be the last induction program here.

Memorials Take Time
Posted: October 22, 2014

Earlier this month, a new memorial in Washington, D.C., was dedicated. It is the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. It is located near the Capitol.

Sunshine Law Violation
Posted: October 22, 2014

The hope here is that the Union R-XI Board of Education will move beyond the flare-up with one of its board members over the Sunshine Law.

No on Amendment 3
Posted: October 22, 2014

While there are four proposed state constitutional amendments on the Nov. 4 ballot, the backers of one of them have already thrown in the towel.

Saturday 10/18/2014
Tinkering With Education
Posted: October 18, 2014

One of the most obvious fields in which making changes has been harmful is education. To be kind, in many instances the tinkering has been well intended but a failure. Survey after survey have indicated this failure.

Crude Oil Shipments
Posted: October 18, 2014

City and county officials say they are unaware of any volatile crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota being shipped by rail through Franklin County. With two major railroads passing through the county, the chances are some of it is being transported as tanker cars have been observed.

Memo to Protestors
Posted: October 18, 2014

The continuing protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown, which have spread from Ferguson across the St. Louis region and indeed the world, are making headlines and history.

Wednesday 10/15/2014
What Obama Wants . . .
Posted: October 15, 2014

Why is President Barack Obama spending time trying to raise money for the Democratic Party? He’s at one fundraiser after another. He’s raising money for his party while Washington is burning with vital issues that should be tended to but are left hanging by this president who is disengaged from his presidential duties.

Supply and Demand
Posted: October 15, 2014

Recent economic data suggests the economy is doing better both nationally and here in Franklin County. But hard times still linger for many.

The National Debt
Posted: October 15, 2014

In case anybody is interested, as of Monday, the national debt was $17,868,497,104,334.61. It’s higher when you are reading this since it continues to increase by an average of $2.43 billion every day since Sept. 30, 2012. Yes, that’s $2.43 billion!

Saturday 10/11/2014
Don’t Play Politics With This
Posted: October 11, 2014

We don’t know how many students from this area have benefited from the A+ scholarship program over the years but we can say with confidence that it is a bunch — a whole bunch. 

‘Academic Misconduct’
Posted: October 11, 2014

We all know there are a few teachers who go against the American grain. Some do it to bring attention to themselves. Others do it because they are unhappy with our government, or conditions in this country. A few are in the eccentric category!

St. Louis’ Image
Posted: October 11, 2014

There are so many good things about St. Louis that it’s tragic that its image is being darkened by almost daily murders, street violence and, of course, in the county the ongoing Ferguson saga.

Wednesday 10/08/2014
Tax Credits Pay Off
Posted: October 08, 2014

There are critics of the state giving tax credits to stimulate Missouri’s economy. Whether we like it or not, that’s the name of the game in today’s economy. It can be to industry that makes products to film companies that make movies, tax credits are an attractive incentive.

Boeing Adding Jobs
Posted: October 08, 2014

It certainly is good news for the St. Louis metro area that Boeing plans to add 700 jobs here to make parts for the new 777X airliner. Production is expected to begin in 2017.

Seek Band Members
Posted: October 08, 2014

The Washington Brass Band, one of Washington’s oldest and most revered institutions, is in need of new members. The average age of the band members is 60-plus, and there are members who have reached 80 years.

Seeking Clarity
Posted: October 08, 2014

The Franklin County Commission adopted two measures last week that could help alleviate some of the tension between various county departments and elected officials.

Saturday 10/04/2014
Rolling History
Posted: October 04, 2014

A lot has been written about America’s love affair with cars. 

Excuse Us for Bragging
Posted: October 04, 2014

Dizzy Dean once said it ain’t bragging if you can do it. 

Thursday 10/02/2014
No Surprise
Posted: October 02, 2014

It was no surprise that the Washington School Board went on record opposing Amendment 3, a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. 

A Need to Talk . . .
Posted: October 02, 2014

The media found itself in the middle of the riots in Ferguson after the shooting by a policeman of an unarmed black man Aug. 9. The media was trying to tell the story of what was happening and law enforcement officers were trying to protect people and property.

Legendary Ralph Turns 105
Posted: October 02, 2014

Living legend Ralph Gregory recorded his 105th year on this earth Sept. 27. 

Saturday 09/27/2014
We Are at War
Posted: September 27, 2014

With the air strikes this country has made in Syria, America has a new war. The objective is to wipe out terrorist groups that pose a threat to this country.

Friday 09/26/2014
High Cost of Unrest
Posted: September 26, 2014

There’s another very serious footnote to the rioting in Ferguson over the shooting death of Michael Brown — the cost of controlling the unrest.

This Is Disturbing
Posted: September 26, 2014

About seven in 10 young adults are ineligible for military service, according to a group that is pushing school nutrition standards as a way to help improve this situation. Not all those young adults are too fat to serve. About one in four Americans ages 17 to 24 are in the too fat category.

Big Weekend
Posted: September 26, 2014

The 19th annual Fall Festival of the Arts and Crafts has all the makings for a rich weekend in Washington. It’s one of the bigger events sponsored by Downtown Washington Inc. every year.

Thursday 09/25/2014
One Lesson Not Learned . . .
Posted: September 25, 2014

One of the more important lessons we have not learned from American history, and which is so important in the dangerous world we live in, is that we almost routinely downsize our military, usually to save money. We have done it after most of our wars. The mindset is that we don’t need a large standing military in peacetime.

Resignations Premature
Posted: September 25, 2014

It stings when you’re told you’re below average. Just ask leaders in the Union School District.

Threat of the Week
Posted: September 25, 2014

It’s a stretch to say a new terrorist group pops up almost weekly that poses a threat to the United States. But with the unsettled times in Middle East countries, we constantly are hearing about new militant groups that hate America, have arms and are coming after us.

Saturday 09/20/2014
Ballot Language
Posted: September 20, 2014

A  Missouri appeals court pan-el has rewritten the ballot summary for an early voting proposal. The court found that the ballot wording by lawmakers was misleading because it failed to mention the measure is contingent upon funding. That’s a vital requirement that voters should know when voting.

Air Strikes in Syria
Posted: September 20, 2014

President Barack Obama as commander in chief personally is going to make decisions when air strikes are going to be made in Syria against the  Islamic State. The air strikes are politically charged because of the civil war in Syria, and the fact that the United States could become involved in the war.

Check My Drawers
Posted: September 20, 2014

Residency disputes involving political candidates or public officeholders are nothing new in the city of Pacific.

Citizenship Test
Posted: September 20, 2014

There is growing support to require high school students to pass a test used by immigrants applying for citizenship. It would be a requirement for graduation.

Thursday 09/18/2014
Reaching Out
Posted: September 18, 2014

The dismantling of Jay Nixon was in full swing last week. 

How Many Guns?
Posted: September 18, 2014

The Pulaski County sheriff’s department searched a business during a homicide investigation and found about 400 guns. The search was at Hilltop Motors in Waynesville.

Another Trail for Missouri?
Posted: September 18, 2014

There is no question of the popularity of a cross-Missouri trail for hiking and biking. Now a second trail is being proposed. It is the Rock Island Trail on an abandoned railroad line. 

Saturday 09/13/2014
Constant Challenges
Posted: September 13, 2014

Is this country really going to abandon its “lead from behind” strategy, as proposed by President Barack Obama some time ago, and lead a coalition against the evil terrorists? From what he said in his Wednesday night talk to the nation, the president now realizes America is going to have to take the leadership role in waging a war against the terrorists. That war now is 13 years old. 

Political Foes Can Be Friends
Posted: September 13, 2014

It was heartening to see two former presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, laugh it up in a recent appearance at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. It was obvious, in spite of political differences, the two men like each other, and enjoy each other’s company.

Persistence Pays Off
Posted: September 13, 2014

An example of being persistent, keeping focused in spite of setbacks, and staying the course, was the state’s and Washington’s pursuit of federal grant money for the new Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River. In 2012 and 2013, the Washington bridge was turned down for the federal grants, called TIGER allotments. This year the state has been approved for a $10 million federal grant for the proposed new bridge.

Wednesday 09/10/2014
County Purple Hearts
Posted: September 10, 2014

There is an effort underway to compile a list of names of all Franklin County residents who have received the Purple Heart, the medal awarded to soldiers wounded or killed in battle.

Like Old Cars? This One Is for You
Posted: September 10, 2014

It’s not far off — an Invitational Antique Vehicle Display that will be the final event in Washington’s 175th birthday bash. The date is Sunday, Oct. 5, in Downtown Washington on Main Street.

The Right Move by the City
Posted: September 10, 2014

Although the vote was not unanimous, a majority resulted with Mayor Sandy Lucy voting to break a tie on a housing project proposed for senior citizens in Washington. The weak arguments against it did convince four members of the city council to oppose it. Four other members and the mayor voted in the best interests of citizens and the city in giving the project the endorsement it requested.

We Must Not Forget . . .
Posted: September 10, 2014

Thursday is the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. If Franklin D. Roosevelt were alive at the time, he probably would have said, “Another day that will live in infamy is 9/11.”

Tuesday 09/09/2014
MU’s Impact on Washington and Franklin County
Posted: September 09, 2014

One of the ways that economic development in Franklin County gets a boost is through its business start-ups and entrepreneurs, with an assist from the local University of Missouri Extension Office. During 2013, Franklin County residents were able to take advantage of small business workshops at the Franklin County Extension Office, where they learned how to successfully start, run and expand a business. As a result of this training, one new business and 27 new jobs were created in the county, and another 136 jobs were retained, during 2013.

The Big Guys and (Gals) Make Mistakes, Too...
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 8:15 am

For some unexplained reason — except we all are humans — journalists far and wide when covering the Washington Town and Country Fair, and others, call the event a county Fair. It is not a county Fair — it’s a Washington Fair. It has all the earmarks of a traditional county Fair except that it is the Town and Country Fair.

Saturday 09/06/2014
The Pursuit of Truth
Posted: September 06, 2014

Another American journalist was brutally murdered by Islamic terrorists this week. 

United Way Time
Posted: September 06, 2014

It is time to consider “Improving Lives — It’s What We Do.” That’s an appropriate theme for the 2014 Franklin County Area United Way drive that is underway. The goal is $1,030,000, about a 3 percent increase over last year.

Not a Good Idea . . .
Posted: September 06, 2014

To arm administrators and teachers with guns as a means to protect children from a crazed gunman is not a good idea. Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a gun bill passed in the last legislative session that, among other provisions, would permit schools to have armed administrators and teachers. In the veto session of the General Assembly that begins this coming week, legislators will try to override the governor’s veto.

Thursday 09/04/2014
Looking for a Cause?
Posted: September 04, 2014

Two Americans who ended up fighting with terrorist groups were converts to Islam, died for jihadist causes, and it makes us wonder what moved them in that direction. What was in their lives that made them terrorists?

Putin the Liar
Posted: September 04, 2014

There is one trait that Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, has that stands above and beyond all others: The man is a habitual liar. Others in his inner circle follow his example.