Sen. John McCain has been dead for seven months yet President Donald Trump keeps his criticism of the war hero alive. He can’t let it go.

Americans no doubt were surprised to see how quick New Zealand reacted to the shootings at two mosques that killed 50 people. The government announced a ban on the sale of military-style semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity magazines, which were the type used in the shootings in Christchurch.

Recycling of waste (the word is used broadly) has been growing in the United States and elsewhere. The New York Times last week had a front page story about a growing number of cities that are moving away from recycling because of the cost.

The Missouri Senate is considering another idea in SB 430 that would increase the state motor fuel tax from 17 cents a gallon to 23 cents within three years. Everybody knows voters last November rejected a 10-cent hike in the motor fuel tax. That bill had other funding in it and wasn’t a cle…

Prop S is getting the attention but Prop L is very important also. Prop S is for public schools and Prop L is for the Washington Library. Both will be on April 2 ballots.

There are countless fundraisers but few as unique as the one conducted for a chance to blow up the old Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River at Washington. The raffle raised about $15,000 for the BackStoppers, an organization that has the back of first responders and their families.

he killing of 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand has given more fuel to the fire in calls for gun controls, with no resolution worldwide to the problem.

With the corruption scandal unfolding in college admissions, the thought here was a question: Is this just the tip of the iceberg in the cheating to gain admission to a “dream” college?

The Washington School District bond issue that will be on the ballot April 2 has generated many positive messages in support, and hardly any negative ones, that the outlook for passage is good. But in elections one can never be sure of a victory.

The U.S. Senate’s vote to block President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration on our southern border was bad enough, but the fact that 12 Republicans joined Democrats in opposing Trump was an added punch to the president’s midsection.

Another Democrat, former Congressman Beto O’Rourke of Texas, has declared his candidacy for president. Can anybody remember all the Democrats who have ambitions to be president and who have formally announced that they are running?

There was a time when considerable emphasis was placed on setting an example for those people who are in one way or another under a person. Like so many other things, that virtue, such as in so many instances, is a lost value today.

Old-timers in Washington will tell you they can’t remember when three major properties on Elm Street were up for sale at the same time. The buildings are Schroeder Drug Store, Nieburg-Vitt Funeral Home and Purcell Tire & Service, as the businesses in them are known.

Nothing is more important to people than health care. Medicare and Medicaid are the subject of regular news stories, and their future in the government financing priorities causes worries.

ur county’s namesake, Benjamin Franklin, was a complex man, praised by many, criticized by others, but who has gone down in American history as a statesman, author, scientist, inventor, diplomat, even a business strategist and a practical political thinker.

The media, especially what we call the Big Media, which means big city media, especially reporters in Washington, D.C., has a fixation on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, sometimes referred to as AOC of New York. Even the Associated Press had a news story about the media fixation on AOC.

There were several remarks delivered by Marc Houseman Saturday at ECC to open Franklin County’s bicentennial observance that certainly are worth repeating.

More than 1,400 cities across the United States have lost their community newspaper in the past 15 years, according to the Associated Press, which studied data compiled by the University of North Carolina. The newspapers include dailies and weeklies.

As long as we can remember there have been attempts to downsize the Missouri General Assembly. There’s another attempt this session.

Democrats have taken the position that there is no emergency at our southern border. They should read Patrick Buchanan’s commentary on this page.

The Associated Press has checked out stories and visuals that were untrue that social media ran with recently. There are people who believe everything on social media. They don’t heed the warnings that “anybody can put anything on the internet.”

If you are young and want to advance from ground zero in an organization, the Space Force may be just right for you.

If you doubt that youngsters are reading books in this technical era with their always-available cellphones and computers, attend one of the annual Family Reading Nights sponsored by The Missourian. It is part of The Missourian’s Newspaper In Education program.

There are so many special week designations to draw attention to whatever, that one can lose sight of the significance of them. One of the weeks we bask in is National Newspapers In Education, which is this week.

We hope that when the culprit is arrested, charged and convicted for the bomb threat at Washington High School last week that severe punishment is levied.

We don’t think President Donald Trump was very optimistic before his summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that something highly positive would result from the Vietnam confab. The president didn’t seem to have on his usual “let’s make a deal” face and buoyant persona.

Carjackings came to the forefront in the news in Missouri the past week when Attorney General Eric Schmitt and two state lawmakers proposed a law that will deal with this crime more directly and sternly. We think it is needed.

There is a question whether the testimony given by Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former attorney, to a congressional committee is going anywhere beyond the publicity it has been given. That’s the way it seems now.

Abortion foes can find some satisfaction in a wide-ranging abortion bill that passed in the Missouri House the past week, but there are “ifs” in the bill.

nticipation in Washington, D.C., is as common as any day of the week. So the looking forward to the report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is as high as the Washington monument.

Periodically the area engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation, Judy Wagner, provides an update on MoDOT projects in Franklin County. It can be an eye-opener for county residents.

Every session of the General Assembly there are bills that attack the publication of public notices in newspapers. It is a relentless attack by public officials who should know the value of public notices in newspapers.

Supporters of the Missouri Sunshine Law often have been heard to say the law lacks teeth. Its bite is not strong enough to cause pain. That’s been true in many court decisions.

The arrest of a Coast Guard officer on gun and drug charges while more evidence is sought that may lead to more serious terrorist charges prompts the question, how many more would-be terrorists are lurking in the shadows in this country?

onflicts are nothing new in the world we breath in, but so many things, including our culture, are so different today. To old-timers who remember better times, adjustments can be difficult.

Eagle Scout Nathan Searcy has earned 137 merit badges, which is all that can be obtained. He and his brother Evan are the only Boy Scouts in Franklin County to earn all the merit badges in the Scouting program.

The Jussie Smollett hoax is an example of the rush today to judge incidents as racially motivated before all the facts are known.

You don’t hear much today about the national debt. People just don’t talk about it very much these days. Is it because it is so high that the average person simply can’t comprehend it?

he greatest failure in education in this country is in the teaching of American history. There is no emphasis on the subject in high schools or in colleges and universities.

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether a question on citizenship will be included in the 2020 census. “Are you a citizen of the United States” question is the issue that the high court will decide if it can be asked by census takers.

Gov. Mike Parson visited Franklin County last week to get a firsthand look at bridges that need repairs or need to be replaced.

Another government shutdown has been avoided, but there isn’t total happiness and that’s not unusual in legislation.

here’s no denying that Missouri is a state of all and many types of weather, some long, some short. A common saying in Missouri is, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait, it will change.”

President Donald Trump received many votes in the presidential election by being outspoken on issues that were on voters’ minds, using strong language and making promises that to some Americans had appeal. He also appealed to Americans who wanted a strong leader who would stand up to our ene…

Unlawful acts, often with violence, are an everyday happening in Franklin County. It wasn’t always like that. But with population growth and the general increase in criminal behavior fueled by drugs, we are seeing a high rate of criminal activity in the county.

The promoters of Better Together, who plan to unite St. Louis city and county, withdrew their initiative petition but said it would be resubmitted with some changes.

The Washington Historical Society’s museum will reopen in March and for the entire month will feature “Over There: Missouri and the Great War,” a traveling exhibit on World War I.

Once a citizen is elected to a government office he becomes a public servant and what he does in government should be in open view to the people who elected him. The public servant by virtue of the office must be accountable to the voters who elected him, or her. Records must be in public vi…

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