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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. 

Ice Bucket Fraud?
Posted: September 04, 2014

Say it isn’t so. Critics are dumping a bucket of cold water on the ALS ice bucket challenge. 

Friday 08/29/2014
A Retirement Community
Posted: August 29, 2014

Is Washington becoming more and more of a retirement community? It is a fact that the average age of Washington residents is a bit older than in other parts of Franklin County.

The Blame Game
Posted: August 29, 2014

There are strong indications that the blame game between President Barack Obama and Congress will continue. That does not bode well for the country.

Emotional Funding
Posted: August 29, 2014

When people put their money behind their emotions, it is a sign of how strong their feelings are about a cause. Take the case of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. The money is pouring in on both sides of the emotional issue.

Police Competency
Posted: August 29, 2014

Speaking at a symposium on the Michael Brown shooting, a St. Louis University legal professor said a legitimate argument could be made that many small police departments had long histories of incompetence and misconduct and were ill-equipped to handle certain situations.

Wednesday 08/27/2014
Arming the Police
Posted: August 27, 2014

Police officers have the right to the fullest protection possible when operating in an explosive, turbulent and riotous situation and when their lives are threatened. Yes, we believe they should be trained fully when operating military-grade equipment.

Kidnappings in Mexico
Posted: August 27, 2014

By now most Americans are aware of last week’s barbaric murder of reporter James Foley by an Islamic terrorist. Captured on video, the incident has rightly spurred worldwide outrage and condemnation.

May Be a Solution
Posted: August 27, 2014

Since the shooting in Ferguson among the fallout is that many cities and towns in the state do not have many, if any, African-Americans on their police forces. It could be said that in communities where the majority of residents are African-Americans, there generally speaking is mistrust of the police.

Saturday 08/23/2014
They Know the Risk
Posted: August 23, 2014

The beheading of an American journalist by Islamic extremists the past week angered Americans and our government. When a video on the beheading was released, our government revealed a secret mission by a special operations team to rescue him, and others held inside Syria by forces of the Islamic State. The mission failed to find him and the others being held, including other journalists.

Media Circus?
Posted: August 23, 2014

The media is used to criticism. Most of it rolls off the backs of journalists who continue to try to get the story of what’s happening and tell it to the public. Criticism is part of the territory.

Yes Sir, No Sir
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Sunil Dutta, a professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University, and a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 17 years, wrote a column this week on the Michael Brown shooting that is raising some eyebrows across the country. Many deem it highly inflammatory.

SmartSource Has Arrived!
Updated: September 02, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Inside this issue of The Missourian you will find among the inserts SmartSource Magazine, a variety of coupons that are sure to save you money.

Wednesday 08/20/2014
Speedier Justice
Posted: August 20, 2014

American justice is supposed to be blind, but it is rarely swift. It can be frustratingly slow.

What If No Private Schools . . .
Posted: August 20, 2014

We all know that if public schools had to educate all the students in private schools, the taxpayer would pay much more in taxes because of the need for more buildings and teachers. Private schools save the taxpayers money. Many schools are operated by the Catholic Cchurch and Lutheran Church, and there are a number of private Christian schools. Then there are the homeschooled students and other private schools not affiliated with any religion.

Better Coordination Needed
Posted: August 20, 2014

We are looking at it from afar but it seems that better police, Highway Patrol and National Guard coordination is needed when there are outbreaks of violence by protesters such as what is occurring in Ferguson. The last resort was for Gov. Jay Nixon to call out the National Guard.

Saturday 08/16/2014
Another Side to the Story
Posted: August 16, 2014

The decision by Gov. Jay Nixon to have the Missouri Highway Patrol take over the oversight of the protesters in Ferguson looks pretty good in the light of the day after it was made.

Another Distortion
Posted: August 16, 2014

Although the city’s annexation proposal was defeated, some opponents apparently feel the need to continue to spread misinformation.

“What’s Going On?”
Posted: August 16, 2014

It was reported the past week that State Department and White House officials were unaware that Israeli military had been quietly securing supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon without their approval. All of this happened while the White House and State Department were trying to limit Israel’s military action in the Gaza Strip.

Wednesday 08/13/2014
Volunteers Make It Happen
Posted: August 13, 2014

Saturday evening at the Washington Town and Country Fair Trace Adkins told an enthusiastic crowd, estimated at 13,000, to thank a Fair Board member if they were having a good time.

What an Auction!
Posted: August 13, 2014

The Washington Fair Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction Saturday was a record breaker. The young winners were the livestock exhibitors.

Justice Is Being Sought
Posted: August 13, 2014

The fatal shooting of an 18-year-old youth in St. Louis County by a police officer exploded in acts of violence, leading to property damage, some injuries and many arrests. There are demands for justice by the black community and also by concerned white people.

Yes, It’s a Lot of Press
Posted: August 13, 2014

No one is complaining — at least we haven’t heard any — about the amount of space The Missourian gives to the annual Washington Fair before, during and after the event.

Saturday 08/09/2014
Gay Marriage Miscalculation
Posted: August 09, 2014

One of the few surprises in Tuesday’s primary election was that Brian Nieves wasn’t able to capture the nod for recorder of deeds on the Republican ticket.

Blockades, Detours Ahead?
Posted: August 09, 2014

It was not scare tactics to say unless there is more funding for Missouri’s road and bridge system expect less needed improvements on what we have, and forget about new major construction. With the defeat of the sales tax for transportation Tuesday, unless more revenue is forthcoming in the next couple of years, some roads are going to become less safer to travel and some old bridges will be closed. This is a fact — not idle talk.

Annexation Defeat a Setback
Posted: August 09, 2014

It was disappointing to see Washington’s annexation plan go down in defeat in Tuesday’s election. It was proof that if you distort the facts in a constant barrage, some voters will believe the message, or don’t have the vision to value the future.

Thursday 08/07/2014
Main Street Awards
Posted: August 07, 2014

The Missouri Main Street organization knows of Washington chiefly because of Downtown Washington Inc. and its work and many activities to preserve the core of the city and make it a viable entity. Special honors have come to Washington through Missouri Main Street.

Another Fair Parade Success
Posted: August 07, 2014

The annual Washington Fair parade Sunday evening was well-conducted and well-received by thousands of people who lined the parade route.

Balancing Commerce, Nature
Posted: August 07, 2014

When you think about protecting the environment you typically don’t think about economic development.

Timing of the County Audit Release
Posted: August 07, 2014

A few of the politicians in Franklin County have been critical of Missourian stories on the audit that revealed some irregularities. Their criticism centers on the timing of the stories — right before the August primary election.

Saturday 08/02/2014
The Amendments
Posted: August 02, 2014

With five Constitutional Amendments on ballots in Tuesday’s primary election, there is voter confusion. The best advice to voters is to take their time in voting and carefully consider each one.

No Tax Increase
Posted: August 02, 2014

One of the misleading statements being made in the annexation election campaign is that taxes will be raised for citizens of Washington if annexation is approved. That simply is not true.

Legal Punt
Posted: August 02, 2014

If you were hoping for some illuminating guidance from the Missouri Court of Appeals on the Ameren coal ash landfill legal saga you were probably disappointed.

Wednesday 07/30/2014
The Smearing of Washington
Posted: July 30, 2014

It is unfortunate that in election issues, smear campaigns can result. It’s happening in Washington at this time over the annexation issue. The hate and grudges some people have against the city are spewing out on the annexation issue. It’s highly distasteful!