Watching all three debates, the only conclusion we can come to is that this country has two flawed candidates for president. Yes, many of our readers reached the same conclusion some time ago.

We will vote for Amendment 1 Nov. 8 and we hope other Missourians will give it a positive nod. We say nod because it hasn’t generated much interest and we aren’t aware of any organized opposition.  

The money being spent in this election year by candidates is obscene. On the ballot Nov. 8 is Constitutional Amendment 2, which calls for limits on campaign contributions.

The people who provide an airport motorcycle escort for military veterans on a Franklin County Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., are an outstanding group. The Missourian published a story about them in the weekend edition.

People who are following the presidential election closely, and many are not tuned in because of the candidates, have noticed that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate and feminist, has been mostly silent on the sexual accusations voiced against Donald Trump, the Republican candidate.

One of the issues in this presidential election is abortion, which is of concern to many people, including Missourian readers in this area. For some reason this issue has taken somewhat of a backseat in discussions by candidates.

Congratulations again are merited to the Washington America in Bloom volunteers, who really have put the city on the national map with their efforts in this program.

It is a well-known fact that Donald Trump is having problems with his Republican Party leaders. He now is running nearly an independent campaign after many GOP leaders have largely rejected him.

Traffic at the Lafayette Street railroad crossing, leading to the riverfront in Washington, is busier than ever, with more people enjoying the park, boating, picnic areas, the trail and special events, or just river watching.

New Haven may be a small Franklin County city, but when it comes to erecting monuments it stands tall.

In light of the second presidential debate and disclosures of comments Donald Trump made about women, the big question is, how many of the Trump backers will leave him? It is apparent that some Republican leaders in Congress and in some states have denounced him and will not support him.

It hasn’t received much publicity, but a lawsuit was tossed out of federal court that alleged police used excessive force against protesters in Ferguson in 2014. The protest was over the police shooting of Michael Brown.

If we didn’t know it before, it is clear now after the second debate — the American voters are faced with flawed candidates for president. Both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have the world wondering, are they the best the United States has in candidates?

With the cities of Union and St. Clair dropping out of a funding proposal for a preliminary study of Highway 47, it is disappointing. The Highway 47 Corridor Committee, which has representatives of both cities as members, had hoped to have $180,000 to fund the study to identify problem areas…

This country is sick with a violence epidemic. One of the worst crimes is domestic violence. It’s as bad in Franklin County as in other parts of the state and country.

Millions of American voters will be watching the presidential debate Sunday night that will be held at Washington University in St. Louis. Millions of voters also will not be watching Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in their second debate.

The Missouri Press Association at its annual convention in Branson last weekend hosted debates between the candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate. While nothing really new came from the candidates as to why they should be elected, the debates did afford an opportunity to size up the can…

The efforts to promote this region as Missouri River Country is flowing steadily toward the objective. That was in evidence last week Wednesday when the 2016 conference and workshop was held in Washington.

Granted, some regulations directed at businesses are needed and have been good overall. However, there has been overreach by some government agencies and changes need to be made.

To be a moderator of a presidential candidate debate is no easy assignment.  First and foremost, the moderator must be neutral and treat both candidates with fairness.

The only thing surprising about the veto override by Congress on the 9/11 legislation was that it was the first delivered against President Barack Obama of any bill he had vetoed.

It’s 48 years old and qualifies as a traditional event — the Washington Marching Band Festival — and it’s back Saturday, this weekend.

It is a never-ending argument — term limits for Missouri lawmakers. Forceful arguments can be made on both sides of term limits.

In the much anticipated presidential debate Monday night in the face-off between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, no winning touchdown was scored. That was no surprise.

One of the worries many people have if Hillary Clinton is elected president is the opportunity she will have in the next four years to appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court.

With the daily campaigns for president hitting us from all directions for many months, United States citizens have had it. Trivial campaign happenings make headlines and the evening television newscasts as breaking news.

Monday night’s presidential candidates’ debate has created much speculation due to the personalities involved, which adds to the potential for viewership.

There has been considerable publicity about money given to the campaign of Republican Eric Greitens, candidate for governor, by alleged sex-abuser Michael Goguen of California. Greitens has refused to return the money, $1 million, even though party members have questioned his refusal to retu…

Now that the action by the General Assembly to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the controversial gun bill, we are hearing from the silent majority who believe lawmakers are out of touch with the vast majority of people who have valid concerns.

The General Assembly voted to override several vetoes Gov. Jay Nixon gave to legislation that would give tax breaks to special interest groups. The governor then cut $57.2 million from the budget to balance it.

The warning signal is blaring about the coming of drones that are going to fill the sky. Federal aviation officials said there could be millions of drones crowding the nation’s skies in the not-too-distant future.

We thought it was a dead issue — the birthplace of President Barack Obama. It surfaced again when presidential candidate Donald Trump said at a press conference last Friday that Obama was born in the United States, “period.”

It is a fact that the study of humanities in the nation’s colleges and universities is on the decline. The emphasis is on technology, math and the sciences.

Millionaire professional football players who refuse to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag are displaying disrespect to a country that has given them opportunities they would not have living in other countries.

It’s a go for the westward expansion of the riverfront trail in Washington. The city has received word that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails Program grant has been approved. The amount of the grant is expected to be $150,000.

One lesson Congress has never learned is that budget cuts for the military can leave this country vastly unprepared for wars, which seem to be inevitable.

After the Hillary Clinton health issue that surfaced again when she had to leave a 9/11 anniversary memorial service early Sunday, the political campaign spotlight has focused on the candidates’ health.

The black body count in Chicago is a national tragedy. So far this year nearly 3,000 people, black and white, have been shot in that city, an average of one victim every two hours.

A rural Missouri school district has eliminated any Christian elements from its schools after a complaint from a national atheist organization, according to the Missouri Family Policy Council.

As we prepare to enter the fall season, and it’s not so hot, many people enjoy the outdoors, which includes eating at Washington’s Front Street restaurants that have outdoor dining.

It really wasn’t a televised debate because the two candidates for president, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, weren’t face to face, and answered questions from the moderator and military veterans in a military setting. Each was on stage for 30 minutes Wednesday night.

The Franklin County Area United Way campaign has kicked off, the ball is in the air, and the goal is to score another victory. The goal is $1.1 million, most ever, but the leadership is confident the money can be raised.

All Americans were humiliated, or should have been, by the way the Chinese treated our president when he landed at Hangzhou, China, last week. What happened was an insult to the United States.

To the average citizen, the money given to political candidates is beyond comprehension. The money wasted on candidates who lose is staggering. And, how many donors is the winner beholden to?

The conservative movement lost a crusader Monday with the death of Phyllis Schlafly, 92, whose spirited political activities encouraged other women to enter the arena of public life.

Jay Ashcroft, Republican candidate for secretary of state, is uniquely qualified for public office by his education and experience. In the primary election, he defeated state Sen. Will Kraus, a formidable candidate. He lives in St. Louis County, but grew up in Jefferson City and graduated fr…

Congratulations are befitting St. Francis Borgia Regional High School and students on the ACT scores the Class of 2016 achieved.

To many people, assessed valuation of property figures are just that — numbers — and they don’t pay too much attention to them. To others, such as officials of taxing entities, the numbers reflect the property tax income they will receive this year.

Sen. Claire McCaskill confirmed the past week that she plans to run for re-election in 2018. She was elected to the Senate in 2006. The Democrat will be seeking a third six-year term.

Republican candidate Donald Trump has based much of his campaign on building a wall at our southern border to stem the tide of illegal immigrants entering the country.

Labor Day isn’t what it used to be in America. The annual observance is a tribute to all workers, most of whom enjoy a day off. But “labor” is totally different today.

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