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Airports in Missouri contribute to the economic backbone of the state. A Department of Transportation study estimates that the annual economic output of the state’s airport system is $11.1 billion. That probably is a surprise to some Missourians.
Gov. Jay Nixon has called a special session of the General Assembly, which began at 4 p.m. Monday, to consider a package of incentives in an effort for the state to be selected as the site for building Boeing’s next generation commercial aircraft, the 777X. The state must submit its proposal to Boeing by Dec. 10.
Before antigovernment blogger Jeffrey Weinhaus was led away to serve a 30-year prison sentence for drawing a weapon on two highway patrolmen, he delivered one more raging salvo on the inequities of how punishment is meted out in Franklin County courts.
Route A from Washington to Union is going to be a safer road to travel after improvements are made in 2014. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) expects the work to begin this coming spring, with the project to be completed in the 2014 construction season.
The new railroad bridge over the Osage River west of here is a significant infrastructure improvement. It officially was opened this past week. There now are two Union Pacific Railroad tracks on the eastern section of the St. Louis to Kansas City corridor, which is 275 miles in length.
It’s always a challenge: What to do with an old bridge that is being retired? The Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River is coasting toward retirement. After more than three-quarters of a century on the job, serving millions of motorists, including farmers with their equipment, the Washington bridge will be replaced by a shiny, streamlined structure, sturdy with bulging pier muscles and expected to last as long as the one being retired.
There were long lines outside some of the national retailers who opened their doors Thanksgiving evening.
The manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Mike Matheny, in his talk at Union last week said in today’s world a person needs an “edge” to succeed. He wasn’t just talking about baseball players but all people in all places, in all fields of endeavor.
The Franklin County Area United Way shattered its 2013 fund-raising goal by raising a whopping $1,040,723.
A ribbon was cut Monday morning to mark the opening of additional lanes on Highway 100 from Highway 47 to a point beyond High Street. However, the $6.2 million project is not complete and has not been accepted by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).
Our top military commanders are discussing cuts in pay and benefits for our servicemen and -women. The Pentagon’s budget doesn’t have the money to continue with its staus quo in spending and is looking at what can be done to live within its anticipated revenue.
No one knows what the future holds for health care in the United States, especially since the government has become increasingly involved with ObamaCare. The Mercy Health System plans to develop a model for delivery of health care for the future. The system’s top leaders have selected Mercy Hospital Washington as the site for planning and building a model for the future.
The new parking lot on Front Street, between Cedar and Stafford streets, is an impressive improvement with a long range impact. It is part of continuing efforts to improve the riverfront and the city’s historic core.
Complaints have been heard about the quality of the asphalt paving job on Highway 100 in the Washington city limits. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is aware of the situation.
The country is focused on the legacy of President John F. Kennedy on the milestone of the 50th anniversary of his death this week.
The Washington Board of Education probably is going to adopt policies that could lead to a teachers’ union or another organization being the sole representative in negotiations over pay and benefits. The National Educational Association (NEA) has indicated that it wants to be the lone negotiator when pay and benefits are determined.
Economic development can come in many flavors. One that is popular is the development of a lake. That appears to be happening in northern Missouri in Sullivan County where a large lake is proposed.
Rampage shooters cast themselves as the stars of the public spectacle. They crave the media spotlight which is why we should do everything possible to deprive them of it.”
More than a few eyebrows will be raised when people read about this crime and the punishment given. Was the punishment given the right fit for the crime committed?
No sacrifice is greater than giving your life to help the poor along the Amazon River in Brazil. That’s what Father Dale Brune, a native of Washington, did for 50 years. He died Nov. 6, 2013, at age 75.
The Veterans Day programs in this area were many, especially at schools, and those who served in the military, and are serving now, certainly are appreciative. We heard one veteran make this remark: “Why didn’t they do this 50 and 60 years ago?”
The 2013 Washington Town and Country Fair was a record-breaker. Ideal weather had much to do with it and that points to its importance every August when the five-day event is held.
We tip our hats to the St. Francis Borgia Lady Knights volleyball team which captured the MSHSAA Class 3 state volleyball championship Saturday.
It may have come as a surprise to our readers that the Washington School District has identified 26 homeless students. That number is expected to climb as the school year continues.
There were decades not too long ago when patriotism was at a low level, especially during the Vietnam War era when the draft was very unpopular, due to a great extent because it was not fair. But through all eras, military veterans’ organizations have endeavored to keep the spirit of sacrifice alive that is exemplified by those who served.
When the Washington bridge over the Missouri River was approved in the summer of 1934, it had been determined that it would have to be a toll crossing. In fact, the toll rates had been set about the time the final approval was given. A story in The Missourian July 27, 1934, listed the tolls.
The city of Washington was notified this week that it has maintained its stellar Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating.
How many times in your lifetime have you lived through cutbacks and buildups in our military? If you are a senior member of our society, you have witnessed countless times the ups and downs in our military. Brace for another down period.
As another Veterans Day approaches, thoughts focus on our many military veterans. Those thoughts are on all veterans regardless of whether they served overseas and in combat.
Republicans were aghast when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie embraced President Obama after Superstorm Sandy last year. Some said they wanted to vomit.
The Franklin County Commission annually allocates to road districts and municipalities 5 percent of money collected from a county sales tax for roads and bridges. The case for justification to make the allocations is so strong that to question it shows a lack of recognition and appreciation of the facts.
It is generally recognized that Ike Skelton will be remembered as one of Missouri’s greatest members to ever serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. He died this past Monday of what a funeral home in his Missouri hometown of Lexingtom said were complications from pneumonia. He was 81 years old and served in the U.S. House for 34 years. He was defeated in his re-election bid in 2010.
Nations have been spying on each other for as long as they have existed. The flap over spying on leaders in other countries is being played as something new when it’s been going on for a long time.
With the malfunction of the ObamaCare online insurance marketplaces, now we have yet another fiasco that has thousands of people upset. After preaching for a long time that if people were happy with their health plan, they could keep their plans intact. Instead thousands of people nationwide have received cancellations of their coverage.
A requirement that safety vests be worn by people soliciting money on Washington city streets is a sound safety measure. With the increased traffic on city streets, it can be hazardous for the solicitors.
Lawmakers from this area do not support legalizing marijuana in Missouri but are open to discussing relaxing certain pot laws.
If you were fortunate enough to meet former Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton, and got to know him, respect followed. This great American died Monday at age 81. He served 34 years in the U.S. House, representing central and southern Missouri. He was a native of Lexington, Mo. He died at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va. He had been hospitalized about a week.
Franklin County has a major problem. The county is losing deputy sheriffs and other employees in the department because the pay is not competitive in today’s law enforcement world. The county is losing deputy sheriffs to other law enforcement agencies, including municipalities.
Nov. 22, 1963, is another Day of Infamy in U.S. history. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on that date already has prompted a flurry of stories about the killing in Dallas, especially about the shooter, Lee Harvey Oswald. Of course, the conspiracy theories abound. They will last forever.
If you haven’t given to the Franklin County Area United Way, now is the time.
Washington’s second Business & Industry Expo will be held this coming Wednesday, Oct. 30, and it affords an opportunity for students and the general public to learn more about the businesses and industries in this area. It especially can benefit students who are thinking about job opportunities and careers.
One of the worst things that can happen to a world leader is to lose credibility — a lack of trust. President Barack Obama has earned his loss of credibility, both at home and in the world. He has failed in his leadership role.
Construction of the new parking lot on Front Street between Cedar and Stafford streets is a very worthwhile investment for Downtown Washington. Still to be approved by the city council is lighting, which is a small expenditure in this major project.
Chris Kelly never had a problem speaking his mind.
When parents send their youngsters off to college, the thinking ones offer advice. Included in the advice should be to have their guard up because some of our colleges and universities have leftist teachers who hate America.
With the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, and Mizzou’s football team undefeated, there is no escape from the sports talk. It’s a good thing and countless other cities and states wish they could be in similar circumstances. Add the prep sports talk into the mix and the conversation is richer and even more entertaining.
The late Jim Miller, Jr., photo editor of this newspaper for many years, was inducted into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame Thursday evening. The award was in recognition of his work at The Missourian for more than 20 years. If you count his work at this newspaper while he was in high school and college, his time here would be more like 30 some years. He started his career in photography at an early age.
Cases of domestic violence aren’t something new in Franklin County, but the number is alarming. There is an effort to bring awareness to the public of this problem, which is one of the most devastating to families and to society as a whole. The Franklin County Commission proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
We fail to see a winner in the federal government gridlock breakthrough. The compromise reached Wednesday night between Congress and President Barack Obama merely delays a decision on the major issues that caused a partial shutdown of the government for 16 days. The president signed the agreement shortly after midnight Thursday morning.
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander believes in open government. He made that clear in his remarks in Washington Thursday.