A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for recurring flooding by the Missouri River and that the Corps should make flood control its top priority.

There are so many comings and goings of personnel at the White House that it is difficult to know the players and their positions.

Is the demand for workers something to be concerned about? What is the answer? Is there an answer? 

There was much good news the past week about plants reopening, new industries moving into the state and job creation. The unemployment rate is close to a record low.

It should come as no surprise that Missouri’s state government employees are frustrated. They are, after all, the lowest-paid state employees in the nation.

President Donald Trump displayed his political colors on gun control. He bowed to the National Rifle Association, backing away from his earlier promise to work for gun control measures opposed by the NRA.

Former Missouri governor and U.S. senator Christopher “Kit” Bond was honored Wednesday by the Hawthorn Foundation, an organization he founded 35 years ago.

The FBI has taken a step forward in regaining trust with the public and other law enforcement agencies by admitting to Congress a series of mistakes and missed opportunities to intervene before a gunman killed 17 students and faculty members at a Florida high school last month.

We all know there are special interest bills introduced in the Missouri Legislature every session. Most of them end up in the wastebasket. House Bill 1657 is one that needs to be trashed.

We don’t like it either — the number of crime stories in every issue of The Missourian. We’ve heard from our readers — who are alarmed about crime.

People in Wentzville have rallied to protect a display of “In God We Trust” in the city council chambers.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is asking citizens to become a member of its Pothole Patrol. All you have to do is report any potholes on state-maintained roads and a crew will be dispatched to repair the damage.

Making good on campaign promises, President Donald Trump last week vowed to impose stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Franklin County’s Prop P that will be on the ballot April 3 clearly defines which law enforcement officers will receive higher pay if the proposition is approved by voters.

Gov. Eric Greitens received some much-needed good news Thursday when a report issued by Attorney General Josh Hawley found no evidence of wrongdoing in connection with his office’s use of a secret messaging app.

Who is at what desk in the West Wing in the White House? Aides come and go — one needs a scoresheet to keep track of the people who have left President Trump. In our lifetime we have never seen anything like it.

In the aftermath of yet another horrific school shooting some people, including our president, are suggesting we arm our teachers. We think that’s a bad idea. Teachers don’t want guns, they want and need more resources.

It was scary, disappointing and sickening to see how quickly the Florida students who called for stronger gun control measures following the tragic shooting at their high school became the subject of conspiracy theories, even reaching cable news and spurring the firing of a Florida lawmaker’s aide.

Most thinking Missourians are embarrassed by Gov. Eric Greitens’ indictment, arrest and facing of criminal charges.

Like many Americans, we found it odd when Donald Trump repeatedly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 2016 presidential campaign.

A planned disc golf course is a prime example of how a community working together can reach a goal.

We favor a bill proposed by Republican Sen. Bob Dixon that would put a blanket ban on using devices like cellphones and GPS receivers while driving.

Two front page stories in Wednesday’s Missourian provide a good sense of the severity of the opioid epidemic in this area.

The Missouri House is advancing a bill that would ban marriages of children ages 14 years old or younger. Under current law, children ages 15-17 can get married with permission from a parent. Those younger than 15 need approval from a judge.

Several bills have been filed in the Missouri Legislature this session that would gut the Missouri Historic Tax Credit (MHTC) program.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens last week said he does not support a gas tax hike to fund the state’s crumbling infrastructure. Furthermore, he doesn’t want to see the question go before voters. Despite that opposition, State Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, has filed a bill to raise the state tax …

A recent report that single-family home construction was up again in 2017 in Washington is good news for the community.

In October 2017 President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public “health emergency,” but since then there has been no urgency by his administration to address the nationwide problem and wave of overdoses.

At least one Missouri lawmaker wants the state House to suspend its intern program and further strengthen its sexual harassment policies amid an increase in complaints about inappropriate conduct over the past couple of years.

The tax cut bill President Trump signed at Christmas gave Americans a reason to celebrate. Last week’s Treasury Department announcement on the deficit was the hangover that followed.

We have full confidence that East Central College will address the areas of concern identified by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and will come out a stronger institution as President Jon Bauer has promised.

When supporters of a recreational trail in the right of way of the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad made their case in the early 1980s, there was stiff opposition from landowners along the route.

Republican state lawmakers are pushing back on $68 million in cuts to higher education proposed by Gov. Eric Greitens in the $28.7 billion budget he released this week.


There is much blame to go around and others still to be held accountable for the widespread and unconscionable behavior of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor who was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting girls and women under the guise of medical treatment.

Embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens vowed he is not resigning in the wake of an acknowledged affair and allegations of blackmail involving his former hairstylist.

Our state lost one of the best role models of what it means to be a public servant with the passing of Ralph N. Smith.

It takes a lot of volunteers to make the Washington Town and Country Fair happen each summer — from the all-volunteer 23-member Fair Board, to the volunteers working the gates, concession stands, livestock shows, motor sports arena and the list goes on and on.

Legislation has been introduced in the Missouri General Assembly this session that prohibits nondisclosure agreements as part of legal settlements with the state.

President Donald Trump wants $18 billion to build more than 700 miles of a wall along our southwest border. The new wall would expand the 654 miles of a barrier now in place.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should resign — not because of an extramarital affair, but because he is just another political poser.

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