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Saturday 06/25/2016
New Education Requirements
Posted: June 25, 2016

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law a package of requirements for public schools, including one that requires passage of a civics test before a  student can graduate from high school.

They Are Motivated
Posted: June 25, 2016

There are two political parties on the Aug. 2 ballots that you don’t hear much about, but the candidates under those banners are committed to the principles of  their parties. 

MoDOT Cost Share Program
Posted: June 25, 2016

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has provided information on its Missouri Moves Cost Share Program. It provides financial assistance to public and private applicants for state and local needed projects.

Immigration Plan Killed
Posted: June 25, 2016

It undoubtedly was good news to many Americans when the U.S. Supreme Court voted 4-4 to kill President Obama’s plan to defer deportation and provide work authorization for millions of illegal immigrants. The tie vote left standing a ruling by a federal judge in Texas that ordered the policy be put on hold after a number of states sued the administration over the Obama policy.

Thursday 06/23/2016
We Must Be Optimistic
Posted: June 23, 2016

The state of the Union is being battered by pessimistic citizens who have allowed conditions to darken their convictions of what America is all about and its survival as a republic.

Guns Triumph
Posted: June 23, 2016

If there’s one concern that stands out with people on the gun issue is that the sale of assault weapons, usually the types used in wars,  should be banned. Congress isn’t hearing that plea.

This Was No Surprise
Posted: June 23, 2016

Donald Trump fired his campaign manager. That sounded the alert bell about the future if he is elected president. Or it raised questions.

Wednesday 06/22/2016
Forgotten War Forgotten?
Posted: June 22, 2016

It’s been called the Forgotten War — the Korean War (1950-1953). It also was the Ignored War because so many did just that — ignored it while it was fought and when the troops came home.

Saturday 06/18/2016
Teaching CPR in Schools
Posted: June 18, 2016

The Missouri General Assembly passed and the governor has signed a bill requiring CPR to be taught in schools, beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.

County Explored Bi-State Link
Posted: June 18, 2016

Franklin County is exploring a possible membership with the Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District.

The Confederate Flag
Posted: June 18, 2016

There are millions of people in America who are not offended by the flying of the Confederate flag as long as it does not supersede the United States flag.

Words to Heed on Transportation
Posted: June 18, 2016

Stephen R. Miller’s term will end with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission July 1, 2016. He served as chairman of the commission for two consecutive terms. His viewpoints based on his experience are revealing and should be heeded.

Why Aren't We Using Technology?
Posted: June 18, 2016

The United States leads the world in technology. We have the best computer minds in the world. Then why don’t we turn to them and to our data collection resources to develop a plan, a program, to be able to better identify would-be terrorists — at least to prevent them from buying guns?

Thursday 06/16/2016
Primary Election Candidates
Posted: June 16, 2016

When Franklin County voters go to the polls in the Aug. 2 primary election, they will be greeted with ballots with many names of candidates who they are not familiar with, or never heard of before. That’s not unusual. We’ve had elections like this one before.

No End to Questions
Posted: June 16, 2016

Another mass shooting. This one in Orlando, Fla., with 49 dead and 53 wounded. The gunman killed by police. A terrorist-type massacre. The gunman apparently had some ties to ISIS. Attended a local mosque.

World Responds to Killings
Posted: June 16, 2016

The killings in Orlando have shocked the world. Many people in a large number of countries, even before the massacre, viewed America as a dangerous place to live and even visit. The Orlando killings reinforce that belief.

Rex Whitton’s Days
Posted: June 16, 2016

On the third editorial page of this issue, Mark D. Hughes has a commentary on Rex Whitton, a name probably unknown today to many Missourians. Rex Whitton was a transportation giant, and did he ever leave his mark on Missouri!

Saturday 06/11/2016
The Bridge
Posted: June 11, 2016


They Call Him the Greatest
Posted: June 11, 2016

There is no question that Muhammad Ali was, in his prime, a good, even outstanding, boxer. The greatest boxer ever? The media has made him out to be just that.

Missouri Curators
Posted: June 11, 2016

Gov. Jay Nixon has named three new curators for the University of Missouri System. The nine-member board now is complete. One of their most important initial responsibilities is to select a new president.

Blow to Gun Advocates
Posted: June 11, 2016

federal appeals court in California ruled 7-4 that Americans have no Second Amendment right to carry concealed guns in public.

Thursday 06/09/2016
Cost-Sharing Funding
Posted: June 09, 2016

Now that $20 million has been approved for the Missouri Department of Transportation for cost-sharing projects, the environmental study for improvements to Highway 47 between Washington and St. Clair comes to mind.

Two-Faced Missouri Lawmakers
Posted: June 09, 2016

Our state of Missouri is generally conservative, especially in rural areas. Missourians are religious-minded. The state Legislature has a conservative bent. Overall, Missourians could be said to be good people, honest, caring and respectful to others, showing an ethical face.

What a Contrast!
Posted: June 09, 2016

In watching and listening to the debate Monday night between the four Republican candidates for Missouri governor, the contrast between the GOP presidential candidates and the state GOP contenders for governor was as glaring as the spotlight on a Missouri River towboat.

Worrisome: Welfare State
Posted: June 09, 2016

On this page there is a column by Thomas Sowell. We suggest you read it. It touches on the history of a welfare state and what can happen.

Saturday 06/04/2016
Labor Shortage Influences Bids?
Posted: June 04, 2016

lingering question as to why the budgeted estimate for the new Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River at Washington was too low compared to the bids received has heads shaking and numbers being re-examined.

The Fading of History
Posted: June 04, 2016

Probably even worse than the revisionists of American history is the passing of time and ignorance of important dates and of the sacrifices made by earlier generations. How many Americans today know the significance of D-Day, June 6, 1944? 

Perseverance Paid Off
Posted: June 04, 2016

To some people it may not seem like such a big project, but the improvements made to the Augusta Bottom Road are a symbol of perseverance paying off.

Thursday 06/02/2016
Public Transit
Posted: June 02, 2016

Our presiding commissioner, John Griesheimer, is taking the lead to see if it is feasible for Franklin County to become a member of the Bi-State Development Agency.

Gun Bill Concerns
Posted: June 02, 2016

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said he has concerns about a gun bill passed by the General Assembly and which is on Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk. We share his concerns.

Obama at Hiroshima
Posted: June 02, 2016

President Barack Obama was the first American president to ever visit Hiroshima, Japan, where the United States dropped an atomic bomb in August 1945, which put a quick end to World War II in the Pacific.

Wednesday 06/01/2016
Ken Strubberg
Posted: June 01, 2016

memorial Mass was held this past Saturday for Ken Strubberg, who died May 19, 2016. His death is a reminder again of an individual who worked hard at his profession and also did the same as a volunteer in a number of civic pursuits, including being a volunteer fireman, and with the Knights of Columbus. With The Missourian for nearly 50 years, he was “old school” when it came to a work ethic.

Saturday 05/28/2016
Memorial Day 2016
Posted: May 28, 2016

We should be grateful to the organizations that conduct Memorial Day services — a day that is a reminder of the sacrifices made by so many Americans by serving in our military, and paying the ultimate price, giving their lives for this country.

Hillary’s Not Trustworthy
Posted: May 28, 2016

Here we go again with the Clintons. Bill and Hillary Clinton have been skating around rules and regulations, even laws, and  have yet to fall. A member of Congress told us they are experts on the law, and know how far they can go without being caught in outright violations.

Abuse Trash Rules
Posted: May 28, 2016

The city needs to crack down on people who are leaving large amounts of trash for pick up by the city.

Possible Ballot Issues for Election
Posted: May 28, 2016

There were five initiative petitions submitted to the secretary of state’s office prior to the May 8 deadline.

Thursday 05/26/2016
“Is This Wise?”
Posted: May 26, 2016

President Barack Obama has lifted the ban on selling arms to Vietnam, a communist country we were kicked out of in the early 1970s because the U.S. in the war never made an all-out effort to win. At least in Korea we saved the South from the communist North even though the U.S. efforts were determined by politics.

Joplin Rising From Ruins
Posted: May 26, 2016

It’s the fifth anniversary of the devastating tornado that struck Joplin. If ever there was a remarkable story of a city rebounding from a disaster, it is Joplin.

The Bridge
Posted: May 26, 2016

It was disappointing. All six bids received for construction of a new bridge on Highway 47 over the Missouri River at Washington were over the budget projection of $48.7 million. 

Saturday 05/21/2016
Diploma, Degree, Now What?
Posted: May 21, 2016

This is the graduation season. High school and college graduation ceremonies are being held. Words of advice are being given by commencement speakers.

Koster Critical of Obama
Posted: May 21, 2016

It is a bit unusual for a Democratic attorney general of a state to be critical of a president of his party. This is especially true if the attorney general is seeking the office of governor.

Bernie Won’t Go Away
Posted: May 21, 2016

It must be said that one thing socialist Bernie Sanders has in his favor in his quest for the Democratic nomination for president is that he is a determined, immovable candidate. The odds have been against him in his political struggle with Hillary Clinton from the very beginning, but he refuses to quit. 

Overachiever Boy Scout
Posted: May 21, 2016

Eagle Scout Evan Searcy of Washington belongs to a select group of Boy Scouts. It’s an inner circle of overachievers! 

Thursday 05/19/2016
The Effort to Find MIAs
Posted: May 19, 2016

The story in the Weekend Missourian about the federal government’s and the military’s efforts to find the remains of personnel missing in action, or who were prisoners of war, clearly points out that no clue, or expense, is left unturned to determine the fate of our servicemen and -women.

Legislative Session
Posted: May 19, 2016

Missourians often give a grade to a legislative session after it ends. The grade, of course, depends on the person’s likes and dislikes in what passed, what failed and which bills passed and already have been signed or vetoed by the governor. There are many bills that were introduced that never reached or survived the committee review.

Trump Needs Money
Posted: May 19, 2016

A reality has sunk in for the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump: He is going to need money from donors to finance his campaign against the expected Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. 

Saturday 05/14/2016
Good News About LMI
Posted: May 14, 2016

It’s always good news when an existing industry decides to expand here. LMI Aerospace, located in the Heidmann Industrial Park, announced a major expansion program the past week. The announcement came after several months of negotiations with the company, which is headquartered in St. Charles.

Obama and Hiroshima
Posted: May 14, 2016

Much speculation is floating around about what President Barack Obama will say when he visits Hiroshima, Japan, later this month. The president’s view on many past events in the nation’s history does not reflect what the majority of Americans hold dear in this country’s actions.

Expanding College Access
Posted: May 14, 2016

Gov. Jay Nixon has a bill on his desk that would expand access to the state A+ college scholarship program to graduates of private schools. The governor should sign this bill as a matter of fairness.

It’s Needed!
Posted: May 14, 2016

Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation for a private company to review the state’s welfare rolls for fraud and waste. The bill has been sent to Gov. Jay Nixon for his signature. Reports indicate it is unclear whether the governor will sign the bill. He should.