The selection of Gen. H.R. McMaster by the president to be his new national security adviser looks like a winner. His record is outstanding.

President Donald Trump, other U.S. officials and our allies urged China to be more cooperative in enforcing sanctions against North Korea because of the latter’s continued testing of missiles. It has paid off.

Citing a report by the American Road & Transportation Building Association, Sen. Claire McCaskill has joined concerned Missourians and weighed in on the bridge crisis in the state. She said Missouri ranks fourth among all 50 states for the number of structurally deficient bridges.

When Republican Eric Greitens defeated Democrat Chris Koster in the governor’s race in November, it was a foregone conclusion that Missouri would become a right-to-work state. 

It’s not going to make or break North Dakota, but the governor of that state got booted from the Senate chamber because he wore jeans while posing for a photo with visiting high school students.

Ferguson is still in the news. It’s a political correctness issue now and it’s amazing how long the reach is of out-of-control sensitivity.

Often the word hero is used too freely. People often refer to anybody who is in the military service, or is a veteran, as a hero. Veterans will be the first to tell you they really were not a hero.

There was good news from the Missouri Department of Economic Development last week. Kansas City has landed a company that is moving its headquarters to Kansas City, that is expected to create 300 new jobs in the state.

Transportation improvements in Missouri are one of those “everybody agrees more funding is needed” but nobody will take the lead in solving the problem. There have been minor moves to increase funding but it’s a wall nobody wants to climb.

End zones in football often are where the main action is — that’s where the scoring takes place. However, end zones are hardly the most popular place to view the game. That’s going to change at MU.

The approval of the Bi-State Development Agency board in approving membership for Franklin County has to be looked at as a long-range move to eventually expand transit services to the county.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s actions in the confirmation process of President Donald Trump’s nominees for cabinet positions have manufactured widespread opinions that she is off and running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

We weren’t surprised there was opposition to the creation of a Tax Increment Financing district to assist a major Washington redevelopment project along the riverfront.

For those Super Bowl TV viewers who considered the game over when Atlanta cruised to a 25-point lead, well, they don’t know the New England Patriots’ knack for coming from behind. The Patriots rallied to tie the game and then won in overtime, 34-28.

We all know immigrants have since the beginning of America helped to supply a workforce that was needed to boost productivity. They have made many U.S. companies grow and prosper, and have added to our high standard of living.

It doesn’t seem possible that Sunday’s Super Bowl game in Houston will be the 51st in the history of the classic. For those of us who remember that first Super Bowl, it’s a reminder of  how quickly time marches on. In that first game, in 1967, Green Bay defeated Kansas City, 35-10.

To serve as a volunteer fireman for 65 years is a remarkable feat. Don Hahne has served that long with the Washington Fire Department. He was recognized at the recent Ladies Night Banquet, which is the department’s largest social event of the year.

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Gov. Eric Greitens has gotten off to a terrible start in setting an example to lawmakers, and to all Missourians, in regard to transparency. Why is he hiding the donors who have been backing him?

President Donald Trump appears to have made an excellent choice as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court in Neil Gorsuch. But as expected, the Democrats will do everything they can do to block confirmation.

The No. 1 cause of car crashes is distraction — diverting attention away from operating a vehicle safely. 

Sen. John McCain was right when he said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s immigration order last weekend has resulted in confusion. The Trump ban also has caused some anger, such as stopping even green card holders.

Most Americans have never heard of the Congressional Review Act (CRA). It gives Congress the means to overturn regulations from the nation’s chief executive, more specifically, orders from the president.

Amazon, as of Wednesday, Feb. 1, began to collect the state sales tax in Missouri. The online company announced last week that it would collect the state sales tax, which is 4.225 percent.

The General Assembly debates all kinds of bills and one that has caught the attention of lawmakers is whether hair braiding should be regulated in Missouri.

Generally speaking, President Donald Trump has received high marks for his nominees for key posts in his administration. One of those nominees, who has been confirmed by the Senate, is John F. Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, as secretary of homeland security.

Mr. President, it’s time to move on. You lost the popular vote but you won fair and square the majority of the Electoral College votes. You won.

The Missouri General Assembly undoubtedly will pass legislation that Gov. Eric Greitens probably will sign that will bring Missouri into compliance with a federal ID law.

When there is an upswing in stealing, it usually can be traced to an increase in illegal drug use. Washington Police Chief  Ed Menefee told the city council the past week that heroin abuse is a big problem, and stealing cases in the city are on the rise.

Building the wall along our southern border has been making headlines lately. There are more unanswered questions than there are detailed plans for the wall.

The banner headline on Page A5 of Sunday’s St. Louis daily said: “Trump Blasts Media Over Crowd Figures.” The story was written by two Washington Post reporters.

The news last week that the old Fifth Street School will be razed by the new owners was a heartbreaker to many people.

There’s a debate in the Missouri General Assembly about whether tougher penalties are needed if a policeman or -woman is attacked. We don’t have any polls to back it up, but we believe the vast majority of Missourians favor tougher penalties.

In the lifetimes of many Americans, the inauguration of a new president has not created the high interest as the one Friday. It is because of the personality of President Donald Trump and his promises of change — some almost immediate.

Most states have their focus on growing jobs and stimulating the economy. Missouri’s new governor, Eric Greitens, said that is among his highest goals when he gave his first State of the State address this past week.

Whether you believe in global warming or not, records don’t lie. The records tell us that the earth reached its highest temperature in 2016 for the third consecutive year. In fact, it is the first time that temperatures have exceeded the previous record three years in a row.

When the Washington Town and Country Fair is mentioned, we, and probably many other people, think about the volunteers who do make it happen. Without the volunteerism that is out front every year, it would not be possible to stage the five-day event.

On “Face the Nation” Sunday, former House  Speaker Newt Gingrich offered advice to President-elect Donald Trump. It was to focus on three to five things when president. When one issue is solved, add another.

Leroy Strubberg, accountant-farmer, has been awarded the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association’s highest honor. He was presented with the association’s Pioneer Award. That’s the top honor bestowed by the association.

By his actions and words earlier, it appeared that Barack Obama, after his presidential term ended, would go home to Chicago. However, that has changed. He is leasing a mansion in Washington, D.C., where he plans to live — at least part of the time.

If there are 26 deaths in Franklin County in one year, from anything other than legitimate medical causes, there should be great concern. And there is because these deaths in 2016 were from overdoses of illegal drugs. 

An individual who has worked quietly in the background in economic development in Washington for many years is Sid Thayer, who retired at the end of 2016.

Gov. Eric Greitens wasted little time in naming a chief operating officer for his office. He said during the campaign that he was going to hire a chief operating officer from a major business.

After being sworn in as governor Monday, Eric Greitens issued an executive order that sent a message that he is serious about making changes in state government.

Armies of political observers will have their eyes on the federal government and on Missouri as two novices take the reins of top executive for the two entities.

The intelligence agencies of the U.S. released a declassified version of Russian hacking last week. It is an addition to an earlier report. President Barack Obama requested the release of the report.

One of the most compelling issues in the U.S. is the large number of people with mental disorders who have weapons and who are guilty of mass killings of innocent people. Law enforcement agencies are aware of some of these mental cases who may be a threat, but if they don’t break the law bef…

Strong support was voiced for the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) project for Downtown Washington at a public hearing Thursday at city hall.

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