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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.
As the immigration debate in our country boils over, the drumbeat to mobilize the National Guard to secure our borders grows louder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the best things about working in community journalism is that we are privileged to share the positive stories that impact our communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Missouri Public Service Commission last week delivered the most succinct analysis to date on the proposed coal ash landfill in Labadie.
Two U.S. Supreme Court decisions handed down this week pertaining to corporations and unions are receiving a lot of media attention.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
To The Editor:
There are no words to capture the Tram Day this year.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Amendment 8 will be before Missouri voters Aug. 5, but hardly any publicity has been given to it. On the surface, it appears to have merit to benefit veterans.
Our newspaper’s Facebook page surpassed 10,000 fans last week.
It was an interesting week relative to gay rights.
A federal agency has withdrawn trademark protection for the Washington Redskins, a member of the NFL, because it said the name is an insult to native Americans, usually referred to as Indians. Is this really an insult or is it just another one of those politically misguided incorrectness matters?
From comments heard, generally, the public does not understand the laxness in sentencing in our judicial system, especially when it comes to habitual offenders. Plea bargaining is another aspect of the judicial system for which there is concern.
Franklin County has spent time and money on a lawsuit to defend the establishment of its municipal court under state law. The county has a responsibility to seek attorney fees if an appeal is filed. The lawsuit is deemed frivolous by county officials and others.
Our country is in a political funk.
The late Thomas “Tip” O’Neill when Speaker of the House once said, “All politics is local.” When he was in the U.S. House he never lost touch with the home folks. He was a master politician.
The United States is deploying several hundred of our troops to Iraq and nearby to protect our interests in Baghdad, which includes the American embassy. President Barack Obama has informed Congress of the deployment.
To save money there is a strong argument to consolidate the four emergency dispatch centers in Franklin County. However, Presiding Commissioner John Griesheimer is right when he said it’s not going to happen unless “forced” because each area wants to own and operate its ‘Little Kingdom.’
A judge ruled this week against a group of citizens who sued the Franklin County Commission over the creation of the county’s municipal court.
If the VA medical scandal isn’t enough to cause military veterans to become angry, there is another issue looming that will increase their displeasure. It has to do with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s back pay while being held by the Taliban.
Are the trains moving through Washington going too fast? Some people believe they should slow down, and say the speed is posing a hazard.
Are more heads going to be put on a roll by voters because of our dysfunctional Congress? The defeat in a primary of the second-most powerful man in the House of Representatives, Republican Eric Cantor, in a primary election may be a warning sign. A conservative, Cantor was not conservative enough to satisfy some voters, according to political observers.
Warning to motorists: If you drive Highway 94 in Warren and St. Charles counties on a weekend, exercise caution. Why? Traffic, lots of it, and for the most part it’s a narrow road.
Hillary Clinton is following the usual presidential campaign map that has as its goal, the White House. This week she has embarked on a book tour. That’s what presidential candidates do — write a book that is self-pleasing, have signing stops in a trip around the country. And, of course, greet and meet as many voters as possible.
Shameful. Unacceptable. Inexcusable.
One of the nicest events in Washington is the annual Trail Day, sponsored by the Washington Rotary Club and the Washington Parks Department.
The fact that Mercy Hospital Washington was chosen as the base for a system study on future health care is a major happening. The overall project, expected to take two years, has a goal of reinventing health care “to get better results at a lower cost.”
The hometown of the Army sergeant who was freed from the Taliban has decided not to honor him with a hero’s welcome. Officials in Hailey, Idaho, said the security concerns were too much for the small town to handle.
Most Americans always are glad when a prisoner of war (POW) is freed and reunited with his family, but there are many troubling aspects of the one just made by the Obama administration.
It was disappointing Monday to hear from Gov. Jay Nixon that he will not support the proposed three-quarter-cent sales tax for transportation. In his statement opposing the tax, he did not offer an alternative to raising revenue for badly needed transportation needs in Missouri.
The prisoner exchange to “free” an alleged AWOL soldier has created a morale problem for our Armed Forces.
The cries calling for the resignation of the head of the Veterans Affairs agency are getting louder and we don’t see how he can survive in the position. President Barack Obama said he plans to have a “serious conversation” with Eric Shinseki, a former Army general who heads the agency.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon spent a good portion of this week blasting Republican legislators for passing a “grab bag” of special interest tax cuts in the final hours of the session.
Big media and some people are trying to make a patriot of Edward Snowden, the American refugee who stole secrets from his employer, the National Security Agency. He is charged with three felonies in federal court. Snowden is holed up in Russia, which has given him permission to live there, and won’t turn himself over to this country.