There were two interesting comments or writings that entered The Missourian’s newsroom the past week that were thought-provoking. One had to do with racism and the other centered on the value placed on lives and property today.

We’ve all heard the saying that a picture tells the story better than a thousand words. That’s certainly true in many, many instances.

There are many American eyes on what is happening in Hong Kong, and the same is true in many other countries. How China reacts to the protests in Hong Kong is the main question.

The proposed Rock Island biking trail is still alive and that’s good news for bicycling enthusiasts, Missouri tourism and Franklin County.

Mass shootings have triggered another round of gun controls talk, and directed attention once again to the mental condition of the shooters. The talk and news reports will simmer down until the next mass shooting. Then there will be another round of the same types of discussion.

Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s death in a New York City jail over the weekend has spurred endless conspiracy theories.

There are reports that Republicans in Congress are warming to the idea of gun control called “red flag” laws that would be directed at keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally disturbed as a means of curbing mass shootings.

Assigning blame for mass shootings and other tragic events is the same old American political blame game, with a goal of trying to score points against an opponent or the other party. It has reached a new high during the Trump years.

The annual Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction Saturday is one of the highlights of the Washington Town & Country Fair. It begins at noon and usually takes about five hours to auction Blue Ribbon market steers, hogs, lambs and dairy products.

Millions of emails are sent daily. Email addresses are easy to come by. We don’t know where the majority of the senders obtain the addresses they have. It’s the modern way to communicate today.

The country is in shock again in the aftermath of two mass shootings over the weekend, just 15 hours apart, that left at least 31 people dead and over 50 wounded in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

This is the week in Washington when there is but one thing on people’s minds — the annual Washington Town & Country Fair.

Major issues like health care and immigration were given attention and time during the talks by Democratic candidates for president, but one issue that barely was mentioned was climate change.

It is always interesting to read about or hear of the impression a visitor has of the community where you live. A judge for the America in Bloom program, who was here recently, said: “My favorite aspect of Washington is just how clean and tidy the town is.” Jack Clasen, the judge, added: “Th…

It is widely known that independent voters are the key to any presidential election. Another known is that there has been a gradual shift away from party affiliation — that is identifying with the Republican or Democratic parties.

The wait is about over. The Washington Town & Country Fair may not begin until Wednesday, but it will be kicked off this weekend with three events to prepare moods for the five-day event.

An Indiana police department came up with a great idea to assist a local animal shelter that could inspire similar efforts across the country, including, we hope, here.

It’s that time of the year again. The Franklin County Area United Way has announced its goal for this year’s campaign. Finishing touches are being made for the annual campaign, which begins the first week in September.

The word racist is used rather loosely today, especially in politics. Actually, that is not unusual and American history proves it. President Donald Trump has been called a racist and he is not the first president who has been tagged that way.

On Friday, the Archdiocese of St. Louis released the names of 64 clergy who have substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor against them, including at least one who had served parishes in Franklin County.

We are among the Americans who have reservations about building a wall at our southern border to keep people from other countries out of the United States.

The Interstate 70 bridge over the Missouri River at Rocheport undoubtedly was at the top of the state’s list of needed highway improvements.

The Franklin County Commission is poised to pass an order soon mandating all food service workers in the county be vaccinated for hepatitis A.

The testimony by Special Counsel Robert Mueller didn’t reveal anything new from his report about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller testified Wednesday before two congressional committees of the U.S. House.

The filing of this bill in Congress didn’t make a big splash in news columns in newspapers, or on news screens, but it is important in the never-ending battle for transparency in government.

Dogs are members of the family that cares for them by giving them shelter, food and a great amount of love.

We criticize President Donald Trump regularly in this space for his dizzying array of gaffes, misstatements and general unpresidential conduct.

The 50th anniversary of America putting a man on the moon brought back many memories about that historic event, and created thoughts of what is America’s goal for greatness today? Is there a goal? Are we headed in the right direction? What are our responsibilities to Americans, to the world?

Sheriff Steve Pelton attended a Standard Response Protocol training session in Colorado and found that Franklin County school districts and law enforcement agencies are ahead of many other areas in preparing for a shooting at a school or some other type off emergency in which the safety of s…

When Missouri voters approved Amendment 1 last November, it made one of the most significant changes ever in politics in Jefferson City. Amendment 1 had a provision that limited lobbyists’ gifts to members of the General Assembly to $5.

In politics, the race card is alive but isn’t being bought by an informed electorate.

Veteran members of the U.S. House said they had never seen anything like it before. It may have been a “first” in the U.S. House chamber. It’s understandable why it happened.

Bayer’s recent announcement it’s moving 500 high-paying jobs from Raleigh, N.C., to Creve Coeur is the biggest economic development story so far this year for the St. Louis region.

If nothing else the vote to impeach President Donald Trump that failed in the House the past week indicated the division in the Democratic Party. It was a lopsided 332-95 defeat. It was the first vote on removing Trump since the Democrats took control of the House this year.

For every great event, especially a first of its kind, there are the background workers, the behind the scenes crews, unsung heroes who made it happen.

If military veterans are a bit confused about what’s happened with a proposed new veterans’ home in the state, it is understandable.

Political observers close to the scene in Washington, D.C., some of them liberals, have issued warnings about the Democratic uprising by members of Congress who they say could re-elect Donald Trump. Several House Democrats who advocate change right now are feuding with House leader Nancy Pel…

An issue that has bounced around the state Legislature for years is the requirement of wearing a helmet by motorcycle riders. The latest action in this issue is that Gov. Mike Parson vetoed a bill that would have allowed some motorcycle riders to drive without helmets.

From his day one in office, Gov. Mike Parson has had as a priority economic development and workforce development. He has had the support of members of the General Assembly and business, including the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.

Probably today’s younger generation never heard of the GI Bill. It was a very significant happening in American history. The benefits from it changed the lives of thousands of military veterans.

Suicide is the No. 1 cause of death for police officers in the United States and up to now Congress has failed to fund grant programs to curb the deaths.

With the countdown for the Washington Town & Country Fair in progress, with the 2019 event’s theme being a catchy “Cheers to 90 Years,” and with a Missourian story Wednesday about preparations, one could not escape the thought that the August Fair really is a family affair.

With the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s historic moon walk near, thoughts can be many. One is the large number of great Americans who have come from small towns — rural America.

The Missouri Conservation Department is gathering public feedback on proposed hikes in hunting and fishing fees.

Every guardian who accompanies a military veteran on Franklin County Honor Flights to Washington, D.C., to view war memorials is doing a great service to those who served our country. But now that Junior ROTC cadets from Franklin County are doing it, well, that is special for the veterans an…

The city of Washington and Franklin County have decided to sell the 29.2 acres in the east part of the city that they had said earlier they would donate to the state for a new home for veterans.

Our salute goes to the governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, who had the courage to speak out about another slam at our flag and country.

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