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Friday 11/21/2014
Take This Dare!
Posted: November 21, 2014

It’s probably too early to characterize it as a paradigm shift, but it is progress.

Courthouse Bombing Anniversary
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 2:39 pm

This month is the 45th anniversary of the bombing of the Franklin County courthouse in Union. A bomb was placed under a bench on the second floor in the lobby just outside the sheriff’s office.

A Significant Number
Posted: November 21, 2014

It may be a new high in Franklin County to have seven homicide cases pending in circuit court. If it isn’t the highest, the number certainly is significant.

Pipeline Is Needed
Posted: November 21, 2014

Missouri’s two U.S. senators voted for the Keystone XL pipeline project that failed to pass by one vote after it had been approved in the House. Both senators, Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, say they will continue to support Keystone.

Wednesday 11/19/2014
The State of Our Defense
Posted: November 19, 2014

There’s no denying that the world we live in is as dangerous as it has ever been in other eras in this nation’s history. Yet our military is being crippled by budget cuts and a political leadership that is stubborn and more interested in the party than in the safety of the people they represent.

Improving Lives
Posted: November 19, 2014

A tip of the hat to the Franklin County Area United Way and the community for surpassing the 2014 campaign goal.

Putin the Bully
Posted: November 19, 2014

When President Vladimir V. Putin arrived for the G-20 meeting in Australia, there were two Russian warships in nearby waters. The bully brought along his naval support in another show of his country’s strength. Who did he think that was going to impress?

Source of Guns, Munitions
Posted: November 19, 2014

An untold story is where the weapons and ammunition come from used in conflicts around the world. Where are they made? How do they get into the hands of rebels and tyrants in the many foreign countries where there is bloodshed?

Friday 11/14/2014
No Political Bashfulness by Claire
Posted: November 14, 2014

Like her or not, there is one thing about U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, you know whether she backs or blackballs a political candidate. She isn’t bashful when it comes to endorsements.

"Endangered Species"
Posted: November 14, 2014

Republicans ran away with the election earlier this month on the national and state level.

This Is No Surprise
Posted: November 14, 2014

The availability of skilled labor is the No. 1 factor in site selection by industries, according to a survey by Area Development magazine, which focuses on industrial development.

No Change!
Posted: November 14, 2014

In November 1969, 45 years ago, the Washington City Council was thinking about annexation because of a shortage of building sites in the city limits.

Thursday 11/13/2014
More Than Economic Impact
Posted: November 13, 2014

When the 2014 Washington Town and Country Fair numbers were reported last week at the annual Washington Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast, the total economic impact of the five-day event in August again stirred emotions, and resulted in thoughts of what it means to this entire area. The impact goes beyond the numbers.

The Least We Can Do
Posted: November 13, 2014

"Thank you for your service.” 

The Mood of Voters, President
Posted: November 13, 2014

Presidents are elected if they capitalize on the mood of the voters. President Barack Obama did that twice. His words of change captured the imagination of voters. He hasn’t delivered on the promise of change in a positive direction.

Saturday 11/08/2014
Ensuring Value
Posted: November 08, 2014

Tim Wolfe is a businessman. 

Time to Lead
Posted: November 08, 2014

You can interpret Tuesday’s national midterm election results in a variety of ways but there’s no ignoring that the Republican victories were historic. 

Anytime, Anywhere
Posted: November 08, 2014

The type of robbery and assault that occurred in Washington last Monday on a restaurant parking lot would have been unheard of here many years ago. It serves as a warning that crimes are happening anytime and anywhere today.

Thursday 11/06/2014
Preparing for the Worst
Posted: November 06, 2014

A grand jury investigating the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson by a police officer is expected to give its report by mid-November. In the meantime, there have been reports that the Ferguson police chief plans to step aside, St. Louis County officers would add Ferguson to their jurisdiction, and it has been leaked that the officer who did the shooting, Darren Wilson, has testified that he acted in a self-defense manner — actually feared for his life.

Creating Jobs
Posted: November 06, 2014

Ad after ad in the political campaigns that just closed, candidates said they were for job creation. That’s easier said than done. It resonates well with voters. Or does it?

Money and Politics
Posted: November 06, 2014

Are you glad the election is over?

Saturday 11/01/2014
It Looks Bad
Posted: November 01, 2014

"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

Interruptions for Progress
Posted: November 01, 2014

Rotary Riverfront Trail  regulars are hopeful something can be worked out with the contractor for the new Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River where at least part of the trail will be open during the two-year construction period. A construction contractor has not been selected, but indications are that the state and city will try to work something out to keep part of the popular walkway/bikeway trail open in that two-year period.

Thursday 10/30/2014
Candidate Profiles
Posted: October 30, 2014

In this issue there are profiles of candidates who will be on the Nov. 4 ballots in this area. The profiles of candidates in contested races are the only ones published. A number of candidates have no opposition.

Yes on Luetkemeyer
Posted: October 30, 2014

We have said before that U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer reflects the views of a majority of the people he represents in the Third Congressional District. He’s a conservative Republican. 

Schatz for State Senate
Posted: October 30, 2014

Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, is the clear choice in the 26th District state Senate race. 

Preservation Project
Posted: October 30, 2014

Washington began to preserve old structures much too late. It is not an easy task. Some of the preservation projects can be complex, beginning with ownership of the property.

Saturday 10/25/2014
There’s Some Concern . . .
Posted: October 25, 2014

The Franklin County Area United Way has been through this before — having some concern about reaching its goal by the end of the official campaign, which ends Oct. 31.

Questioning a Giant
Posted: October 25, 2014

At a newspaper meeting in Washington, D.C., several years ago, one of the speakers was the legendary Ben Bradlee, once the editor of the Washington Post. He died this past week at age 93. The editor of this newspaper has a memory of Bradlee that tells a story of sorts.

Photojournalism Hall of Fame
Posted: October 25, 2014

The 10th annual Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame induction ceremony was bittersweet. 

Texting Bans
Posted: October 25, 2014

There now are seven municipalities in metro St. Louis that have adopted a ban on texting while driving. Lake St. Louis is the seventh.

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. 

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