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Saturday 07/26/2014
Land Gift Impact Great
Posted: July 26, 2014

It is rare when a citizen in a city the size of Washington donates 67 acres for a nature reserve. In fact, many, many cities much larger than Washington have never received a gift such as this for a nature reserve. It is in the city limits.

Eliminating an Agency
Posted: July 26, 2014

Good luck to Sen. Claire McCaskill and other U.S. senators who are trying to eliminate a federal agency that no longer is needed — it’s worthless. However, there is a longstanding axiom that once a federal agency is created that part of the bureaucracy is bullet-proof.

Friday 07/25/2014
It’s the Only Answer
Posted: July 25, 2014

The idea that users should pay for improvements to roads and bridges is appealing. Many people favor an increase in the gasoline tax rather than a three-quarter-cent sales tax over 10 years to finance needed improvements.

Wednesday 07/23/2014
Mardi Gras on Water
Posted: July 23, 2014

If you missed Mardi Gras in New Orleans earlier this year don’t fret, there’s plenty of debauchery to be had on Missouri’s popular canoeing streams on any given weekend this summer.

Post Presidential Styles
Posted: July 23, 2014

There always will be comparisons between presidents, their modus operandi, lifestyles, personalities and overall style, and, of course, what they accomplished, what they didn’t, how they handled challenges, and their political actions as their places in history are molded. In most cases, it takes years for historians to rank presidents as to their overall standings.

Why the Increase in Immigrants?
Posted: July 23, 2014

There have been two main reports of why the increase in immigrants that have flooded our Southern border. It may be that both are reasons.

Saturday 07/19/2014
Served the Community
Posted: July 19, 2014

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.

Call Up the Guard
Posted: July 19, 2014

As the immigration debate in our country boils over, the drumbeat to mobilize the National Guard to secure our borders grows louder.

Proposed Amendments
Posted: July 19, 2014

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.

Friday 07/18/2014
It's a No-Issue in Annexation
Posted: July 18, 2014

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.

Thursday 07/17/2014
Cleaning Up the County
Posted: July 17, 2014

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.

Not the Old Army!
Posted: July 17, 2014

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.

Heartfelt Connections
Posted: July 17, 2014

One of the best things about working in community journalism is that we are privileged to share the positive stories that impact our communities.

Saturday 07/12/2014
Immigration Mess
Posted: July 12, 2014

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.

Demand Change
Posted: July 12, 2014

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.

Fireworks Stand Exemption
Posted: July 12, 2014

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.

Wednesday 07/09/2014
Mess Up and Prosper
Posted: July 09, 2014

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.

Political Parties
Posted: July 09, 2014

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.

Reality Check
Posted: July 09, 2014

The Missouri Public Service Commission last week delivered the most succinct analysis to date on the proposed coal ash landfill in Labadie.

Wednesday 07/02/2014
Troubling Decision
Posted: July 02, 2014

Two U.S. Supreme Court decisions handed down this week pertaining to corporations and unions are receiving a lot of media attention.

A Significant Anniversary . . .
Posted: July 02, 2014

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 - A Problem
Posted: July 02, 2014

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.

What's the Reason for Opposition?
Posted: July 02, 2014

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.

Saturday 06/28/2014
Seat Belts, Yes!
Posted: June 28, 2014

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.

Bullying Lawsuit — More Coming?
Posted: June 28, 2014

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.

Wednesday 06/25/2014
Words Can’t Capture Tram Day
Posted: June 25, 2014

To The Editor:

There are no words to capture the Tram Day this year.

Leave Donkey, Elephant Stickers at Home
Posted: June 25, 2014

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.

What the City Has to Offer
Posted: June 25, 2014

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.

The Bullying Issue . . .
Posted: June 25, 2014

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?

He Knows of Which He Speaks . . .
Posted: June 25, 2014

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.

Veterans Lottery
Posted: June 25, 2014

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.

Growing Audience
Posted: June 25, 2014

Our newspaper’s Facebook page surpassed 10,000 fans last week.

Saturday 06/21/2014
Gay Rights Politics
Posted: June 21, 2014

It was an interesting week relative to gay rights.  

Is It an Insult?
Posted: June 21, 2014

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?

Laxness in Sentencing . . . Public Concern
Posted: June 21, 2014

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.

Seek Fees for Taxpayers’ Benefit
Posted: June 21, 2014

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.

Thursday 06/19/2014
Time to Clean House
Posted: June 19, 2014

Our country is in a political funk. 

‘All Politics Is Local’
Posted: June 19, 2014

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. 

Right Thing to Do
Posted: June 19, 2014

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.

“Kingdoms” and 911
Posted: June 19, 2014

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.’

Saturday 06/14/2014
Straining Credibility
Posted: June 14, 2014

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. 

Bergdahl’s Pay an Issue
Posted: June 14, 2014

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.

Fast-Moving Trains
Posted: June 14, 2014

Are the trains moving through Washington going too fast? Some people believe they should slow down, and say the speed is posing a hazard.

Sign of More Incumbents in Danger?
Posted: June 14, 2014

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.

Thursday 06/12/2014
Highway 94 Traffic
Posted: June 12, 2014

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.

Clinton’s Campaign Blitz
Posted: June 12, 2014

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.

National Disgrace
Posted: June 12, 2014

Shameful. Unacceptable. Inexcusable.

Saturday 06/07/2014
Trail Day Great Success
Posted: June 07, 2014

One of the nicest events in Washington is the annual Trail Day, sponsored by the Washington Rotary Club and the Washington Parks Department.

Mercy Study Is “Big”
Posted: June 07, 2014

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.”

A Wise Move
Posted: June 07, 2014

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.