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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!

Russia, a Pampered Bully?
Posted: July 30, 2014

History tells us that since the days of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s, almost all of our American presidents have tried to get along with Russia. Columnist Pat Buchanan on this page points to the history of our relationship with Russia since the 1930s in arguing that we should not restart the Cold War because of what is happening in Ukraine.

A Terrible Decision
Posted: July 30, 2014

To allow a concrete plant near the Shaw Nature Reserve and homes at Gray Summit is a terrible decision by the Franklin County Board of Zoning Adjustment. The board upheld the issuing of a conditional use permit that will allow the concrete plant.

Saturday 07/26/2014
Land Gift Impact Great
Posted: July 26, 2014

It is rare when a citizen in a city the size of Washington donates 67 acres for a nature reserve. In fact, many, many cities much larger than Washington have never received a gift such as this for a nature reserve. It is in the city limits.

Eliminating an Agency
Posted: July 26, 2014

Good luck to Sen. Claire McCaskill and other U.S. senators who are trying to eliminate a federal agency that no longer is needed — it’s worthless. However, there is a longstanding axiom that once a federal agency is created that part of the bureaucracy is bullet-proof.

Friday 07/25/2014
It’s the Only Answer
Posted: July 25, 2014

The idea that users should pay for improvements to roads and bridges is appealing. Many people favor an increase in the gasoline tax rather than a three-quarter-cent sales tax over 10 years to finance needed improvements.

Wednesday 07/23/2014
Mardi Gras on Water
Posted: July 23, 2014

If you missed Mardi Gras in New Orleans earlier this year don’t fret, there’s plenty of debauchery to be had on Missouri’s popular canoeing streams on any given weekend this summer.

Post Presidential Styles
Posted: July 23, 2014

There always will be comparisons between presidents, their modus operandi, lifestyles, personalities and overall style, and, of course, what they accomplished, what they didn’t, how they handled challenges, and their political actions as their places in history are molded. In most cases, it takes years for historians to rank presidents as to their overall standings.

Why the Increase in Immigrants?
Posted: July 23, 2014

There have been two main reports of why the increase in immigrants that have flooded our Southern border. It may be that both are reasons.

Saturday 07/19/2014
Served the Community
Posted: July 19, 2014

The Washington community suffered the loss of two volunteers and public servants the past week with the deaths of Bob Mahon and John Uhrmann. They set an example of community involvement while in their prime years of life.

Call Up the Guard
Posted: July 19, 2014

As the immigration debate in our country boils over, the drumbeat to mobilize the National Guard to secure our borders grows louder.

Proposed Amendments
Posted: July 19, 2014

There will be five proposed amendments to the Missouri Constitution before voters Tuesday, Aug. 5. It gets a bit confusing to remember each one, especially when they are referred to simply as Amendment 1 and Amendment 5, or whatever number.

Friday 07/18/2014
It's a No-Issue in Annexation
Posted: July 18, 2014

There has been some talk that the city of Washington’s annexation proposal that will be on the ballots Aug. 5 would be detrimental to farms.

Thursday 07/17/2014
Cleaning Up the County
Posted: July 17, 2014

Franklin County officials have served notice that they are going to take action when complaints are made about dilapidated structures in the unincorporated areas. Code revisions have given officials the authority to take action. Code revisions were effective July 1.

Not the Old Army!
Posted: July 17, 2014

It came as a shock to military veterans and many others to learn that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked away from his post in Afghanistan, now has a desk job at a base in Texas. He will do office work while waiting for an investigation into his alleged desertion. He was released from an Army hospital where he was “decompressing and recuperating” from five years in Talibanland.

Heartfelt Connections
Posted: July 17, 2014

One of the best things about working in community journalism is that we are privileged to share the positive stories that impact our communities.

Saturday 07/12/2014
Immigration Mess
Posted: July 12, 2014

The immigration crisis is not new. It just has gotten worse. The president and Congress are about to throw more money at the situation as an emergency measure due to the thousands of children and adults who have been crossing our southern border.

Demand Change
Posted: July 12, 2014

We’re not of the mindset that our federal government is totally hapless or inept. But we recognize more and more Americans are losing confidence in our elected officials and the bureaucrats who run our government.

Fireworks Stand Exemption
Posted: July 12, 2014

The idea to grant an exemption to fireworks stand operators to continue in business if the land they now are on is annexed in the August election poses interesting questions, wrapped in legality. The city council has agreed to look into what could be done legally, but a final decision is unlikely prior to the Aug. 5 election.

Wednesday 07/09/2014
Mess Up and Prosper
Posted: July 09, 2014

The nation was shocked to learn that top employees of the poorly operated VA hospitals for veterans received performance bonuses. So it wasn’t much of a surprise that an Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) application processing center in Wentzville was awarded a major federal contract again. It was disclosed that employees of Serco Inc. had little or nothing to do at times and slept and played board games while at work.

Political Parties
Posted: July 09, 2014

One of the changes in America’s political climate is that both major parties do not have the hardcore strength in membership that they once had. However, a poll of more than 1,000 people by the Associated Press-GFK indicated that voters do align themselves with one of the parties when voting due to the policies they advocate.

Reality Check
Posted: July 09, 2014

The Missouri Public Service Commission last week delivered the most succinct analysis to date on the proposed coal ash landfill in Labadie.

Wednesday 07/02/2014
Troubling Decision
Posted: July 02, 2014

Two U.S. Supreme Court decisions handed down this week pertaining to corporations and unions are receiving a lot of media attention.

A Significant Anniversary . . .
Posted: July 02, 2014

It almost passed unnoticed. If there hadn’t been a sign in the Washington City Council chambers Monday morning, members of the Washington Area Highway Transportation Committee probably wouldn’t have remembered the anniversary.

Physical Fitness - A Problem
Posted: July 02, 2014

Physical fitness in America may not be what we think. With all of the physical activity we observe, one might be led to believe that we are a nation of physically fit people.

What's the Reason for Opposition?
Posted: July 02, 2014

We are having difficulty understanding why some people in the areas proposed for annexation by Washington are so emotional in their opposition when they like the city and seem to be proud to be part of the Washington community.

Saturday 06/28/2014
Seat Belts, Yes!
Posted: June 28, 2014

We have heard many people say they are disappointed the Washington City Council tabled a seat belt proposal for a year. The proposal would have permitted police to stop a motorist for not wearing a seat belt. The way it is now, a seat belt violation can only be imposed if the motorist is stopped for some other traffic infraction and a seat belt is not buckled.

Bullying Lawsuit — More Coming?
Posted: June 28, 2014

A mother has filed a lawsuit in Illinois claiming that an elementary school student bullied and beat up her son, a third-grader. Defendants in the lawsuit are the bully, his parents, the school, and the principal at the school.

Wednesday 06/25/2014
Words Can’t Capture Tram Day
Posted: June 25, 2014

To The Editor:

There are no words to capture the Tram Day this year.

Leave Donkey, Elephant Stickers at Home
Posted: June 25, 2014

To The Editor:

Recently, Eric Cantor was effectively voted out of office as the Republican House Majority Leader in the U.S. Congress. (Yeah, I know he is the leader of my chosen party.) What a surprise it was. Folks, it’s not about party affiliation. It is about the right to vote.

What the City Has to Offer
Posted: June 25, 2014

This commentary is in response to a letter in the March 5, 2014, Missourian titled “Says City Has Nothing to Offer.” The author, Cynthia Westhoelter, has a selective memory.

The Bullying Issue . . .
Posted: June 25, 2014

Bullying isn’t necessarily a way of life in America and elsewhere. We suspect it has always been around in one form or another. Is there more bullying today than ever before?

He Knows of Which He Speaks . . .
Posted: June 25, 2014

One of the most thought-penetrating columns on education we have ever read is on this page by Walter Williams, who is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Every teacher and school administrator should read what he wrote about our educational system and the dumbing down that has occurred.