It’s a tiny step at best but important nonetheless. The Highway 47 Corridor Committee hopes to be able to do a traffic study on the highway from Washington to St. Clair.

Mercy Hospital Washington is observing an important milestone in health care progress in this area. It is the 40th anniversary of the merger of what was St. Francis Hospital and St. John’s Mercy Medical Center (now Mercy).

The Washington Volunteer Fire Company is widely recognized as a first-rate firefighting department. That recognition extends beyond the state of Missouri.

If agriculture groups in Missouri have an influence on their members, the farm vote is going to be strong for Chris Koster for governor. The Democratic candidate, who now is attorney general, has gained more endorsements from farm groups than many of the past candidates for state offices.

One of Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes should not be overridden by members of the General Assembly. It is SB 656, which would cripple Missouri’s concealed weapons law, nearly killing it.

There is little doubt now that the Obama administration paid a ransom payment to free Americans held by Iran. The administration had repeatedly denied that it was a ransom payment.

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During the groundbreaking for the new Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River last week, Gov. Jay Nixon’s timely words should reach every Missourian, and be driven home with the force such as will be needed to drive in the piers that will support the new structure at Washington.

The city’s recent decision to buy the Frick’s Meat Products property along West Eighth Street continues a vital stormwater management program that began nearly two decades ago.

Economists say an economic recovery has arrived when there is an increase in new home building. That’s a signal that the experts say has held true in this country.

It was a happy day at the Washington riverfront Friday morning when the groundbreaking for the new bridge over the Missouri River was conducted.

  • By Bill Miller Sr.
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Although not a resident of Washington in 1934, and being quite young in that year, when the groundbreaking was held Friday for the new Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River, thoughts about the first bridge over the river here rattled in the brain.

What would the Washington Town and Country Fair be if it did not have the shuttle service for fairgoers?

The fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson Aug. 9, 2014, was tragic. The protests and riots that followed were tragic.

For another successful Washington Fair, the leadership — the entire 2016 Fair Board — is of the caliber of the stand and applaud type.

It took much effort by many people to get to the point where we will be at 10 a.m. Friday under the old Highway 47 bridge where it crosses the Missouri River. That is when there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to start on construction of a new $62.9 million bridge.

A fear many Americans have is if Hillary Clinton is elected president, she will appoint several U.S. Supreme Court justices who will render liberal decisions adversely affecting the traditional beliefs of many people in the country — including religious standards. Goodbye to the Constitution…

There has been talk of an aquarium for St. Louis for many years. Now it will become a reality.

In the race for sheriff in Franklin County in the Republican primary election, it was a heated and expensive campaign, with a record amount of money spent by the two main candidates, Jason Grellner and Steve Pelton. Running third was Dan Page.

If there ever was a self-destructive political candidate with the negative stature the height of Donald Trump, please name the person.

Often sought after, unity in a political party can be evasive, if not impossible to obtain. However, the true party loyalists keep quiet about their differences, at least in public. But now there are more who speak out, just as in the national level in the Republican Party.

At noon Saturday, the striking of a gavel will signal the beginning of the annual Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction at the Washington Fair.

Eight years ago Barack Obama talked much about bringing unity to America. Voters gave him a second chance to bring unity four years ago. The result: the United States is more divided today than eight years ago.

Sheriff Gary Toelke made it clear when he announced his pending retirement months ago, that he would not endorse any candidate to replace him. He has not changed his mind.

The Missourian is not aware of any other event in this area that makes a lasting impression like the Washington Town and Country Fair. 

The Washington School District is asking voters to approve a $15 million zero tax rate increase bond issue Tuesday. The majority of the bond issue is simply about moving and refinancing debt. A small portion, about $1.4 million, will be used to make some safety and security upgrades. 

Now that both party conventions are over, and the hot air that emitted from them has subsided, we can catch a breather, even if the two presidential candidates move quickly to get back on the muddy campaign trail. Many people are turning away from the campaigns for the time being.

When citizens outside of Washington think about how they will vote next Tuesday on a 30-cent property tax levy to fund rural fire protection services, there’s one thought to keep in mind.

The Franklin County Area United Way has announced its 2016 goal. It is $1.1 million. The theme is “Improving Lives Because We Care.”

There probably won’t be a major observance in the United States Wednesday, July 27, but that is the day in 1953 when the ceasefire in the Korean War occurred.

Going into the Democratic National Convention at Philadelphia Monday, unity was not present. Bernie Sanders’ backers hadn’t given up. They weren’t rushing to join the Hillary Clinton bandwagon for the presidency.

Probably the main result to expect from Donald Trump’s speech Thursday when he accepted the Republican nomination for president is that he may have convinced voters on the Trump fringe to vote for him — that is, unless he gets out of control on the general election campaign trail.

Missouri races for attorney general usually are sort of mild political bouts. But this year’s Republican primary race between state Sen. Kurt Schaefer and Josh Hawley, a Mizzou law school faculty member, is a slugfest. Both are from Columbia. 

The appearance of Donald Trump’s children during the Republican National Convention has stirred conversation about whether they helped him or perhaps harmed him.

Melania Trump, wife of the expected Republican nominee for president, spoke Monday night at the GOP convention in Cleveland. She surprised many people with her poise, delivery and with what she said. From most points of view, she helped her husband’s cause.

The killer who gunned down police officers in Baton Rouge was a former Marine, familiar with guns, African-American, and had some affiliation with an antigovernment group.

Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana has a solid record as a conservative Republican, and his government service record is good. As the No. 2 man to No. 1, The Donald, he’s in for a political ride that will resemble a runaway car on a high, steep up and down, theme park ride.

Is a candidate trustworthy if his website states something that technically is not true? Jason Kander, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, says he is a fifth-generation Missourian, and his website states he was born in Overland Park, Kansas, which is next door to Missouri.

We did not attend the session in St. Charles the past week when the four Republican candidates for governor discussed state issues. However, in reading the Associated Press report of the meeting, nothing was said about a crisis in Missouri — transportation funding.

National judges with the America in Bloom program will be in Washington Monday and Tuesday to look over the city, and to see how it meets requirements in the annual competition.

If Americans had any doubts about how political the U.S. Supreme Court is, thanks to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg they now know. Ginsburg confirmed just how political it is through comments she made about Donald Trump.

The University of Missouri System, anchored by the campus in Columbia, probably has a first in its history — an interim president, interim chancellor and now an interim athletic director.

With what happened in Dallas, the question is how many more Micah Johnsons are there in America, waiting to explode, killing policemen and civilians? They are homegrown terrorists with a grudge against police — mad at the world — and inspired  by radical postings on the  Internet.

We don’t agree with Gov. Jay Nixon putting his signature on a bill that restricts access to video from police car dashboards and body cameras.

Bernie Sanders Tuesday endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president. It is viewed as a Democratic Party unity move. Sanders gave Hillary a fit at times before dropping out. His “political revolution” cry has died.

The police chief in Dallas, Texas, after the killing of police officers there, said, “We’re asking cops to do too much.”

There has never been a power couple in United States history to compare to Bill and Hillary Clinton. They are adept at skirting the law, have the luxury of being given a free pass by the media and government agencies, and are bloated with ambition.

There appears to be no end in sight of the killings in America’s cities. The killing of five police officers in Dallas Thursday night during a protest is the latest of the violence. Seven other officers were wounded, along with two citizens. The police killed one suspect and others are being held.

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