If there ever was an All-American Merchant, first-team, it was Sam Walton. He also was an excellent teacher. Proof of that is the story in the Weekend Missourian about a protege of Walton’s — Roger Gildehaus, a graduate of Union High School and a Franklin County native.

Automobile owners need to be on alert as auto thefts have been occurring at an almost alarming rate. Some auto thefts can be avoided by some very basic safety measures. There were three vehicle thefts in Washington recently in a short period of time.

One election is over. Another one begins. Hillary lost but she’s off and running again, according to a commentary in Monday’s The Wall Street Journal.

Judge Gael Wood cruised to an easy victory in last Tuesday’s election, capturing 68 percent of the vote in the race for Franklin County municipal judge.

The Better Business Bureau issued a warning about questionable charities that supposedly raise money to help veterans.

With the Republicans holding on to the Senate and the House with a Democratic majority, are we going to see a do-nothingism environment in Congress the next two years?

There always are defeats that are difficult to stomach in every election. With disappointments in any and everything, especially elections, a person has to move on and remain optimistic about the future.

The question comes up every now and then: What are they going to name the new Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River at Washington?

There were many firsts in the election that was held Tuesday. At least, for this writer. The money spent by candidates in some races reached a new high. Most of it went for television advertising.

Missouri had 4,213,092 voters registered for Tuesday’s midterm election, according to Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, chief election official in the state.

By the time many of you read this, the 2018 midterm elections will be decided.

Because the traditional Veterans Day observance falls on a Sunday this year, many of the usual programs, especially at schools, will be held Thursday, Friday or Monday. Others will be on Saturday.

The Missourian has had a long-standing policy of not running letters to the editor that promote individual candidates. The reason being we would receive so many that there is no way we could publish all of them. An exception is candidates for president if it is about issues.

There are two medical marijuana amendments, 2 and 3, and one proposition, C, on Tuesday’s ballot.

There are two issues on the ballot Tuesday that to some voters may not have generated the attention others have received.

There have been few happenings in the history of Washington that can top what happened May 28, 1936. That was the day that the bridge over the Missouri River at Washington was officially opened. That connection has played an important role in the growth of Washington.

From many quarters comes the usual plea to vote Tuesday in the election. People in other countries look up to America for its free voting process.

President Donald Trump sounds off about almost everything and one of the most stupid things he rants about is that the media is an enemy of the people.

T he Missourian was one of the first newspapers in Missouri to endorse Amendment 1, which will be on the ballot next Tuesday. Its purpose is to clean up politics in Missouri and lessen the influence of lobbyists and make government more transparent.

There have been but a few ballot proposals in Missouri in recent years that have generated such wide support as Proposition D, which will be before Missouri voters next Tuesday. The need for more funding for our roads and bridges has been well documented. The fact that counties and municipal…

One of the most disturbing aspects of the U.S. Senate race in Missouri between incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Josh Hawley is that the challenger is not qualified for this high office.

It all started in 2016 when the then-San Francisco quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, protested social injustice and racial inequality by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before the start of the pro football game. His protest has spread to a few other players and teams.

Endorsements aren’t necessarily a sure ticket to a successful outcome, but few tax increases have gained the wide support given to Prop D, the gasoline tax hike that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot in Missouri.

If polling data is correct, there is a good chance that Missouri voters will approve one or more of the three medical marijuana proposals on the November ballot.

Wantabe president, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said a DNA test proved she has some Native American ancestry, as she has implied.

Some people call it obscene — the money being spent on political campaigns. It’s nothing short of amazing to the average citizen to learn about the money that is donated to political candidates.

There’s concern in this area about homelessness but the problem is minor compared to some large cities. Homelessness is so great in San Francisco that a tax is being proposed to help down and out people.

MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna has raised concerns about Interstate 270 in St. Louis County, which he said is in “desperate need of repair.” It is another example of the need to pass the 10-cent gasoline tax increase in the Nov. 6 election.

One of the best things about when the election is over, we won’t have to delete the constant pleas for donations by political candidates. They have hit a new high through the internet.

A Washington, D.C., nonprofit organization that researches transportation issues called TRIP released a report called “Missouri Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility.” The report said one-half of major locally and state-maintained roa…

Homelessness is an international problem, in large cities and small communities. Homeless people are raising concerns as more seem to be coming to small towns, leaving the cities.

People who run for public office as Independents or under the banner of parties of lesser prominance, that is, not as Republicans or Democrats, can be admired for at least trying to make a difference.

To reach a 50th anniversary is something to be proud of, and that’s the age of the Washington Marching Band Festival that will be marked Saturday when the 2018 event will be held.

The Washington Historical Society and Museum, besides being a fountain of historical facts, is also a delivery source for providing acts of mercy for people.

Even before the FBI was ordered to make a seventh background investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, it was clear that the agency was in a no-win political situation.

Following an endorsement by the Washington City Council, the 353 Redevelopment Corporation Wednesday endorsed the state fuel tax increase that will be on the ballot in November as Proposition D. Statewide it has received many endorsements. It also has been endorsed by the Washington Area Hig…

Franklin County is considered one of the key counties that will be watched in the race for U.S. senator in Missouri between incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Josh Hawley.

What a record Franklin County Honor Flight has! It will conduct its final 2018 trip for veterans to Washington, D.C., Saturday, Oct. 27. The flights will resume in 2019.

Coming on the heels of the Missouri Press Association annual awards were the results of the National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest. The Washington Missourian won five awards, including two first-place honors.

This country is on an investigation binge wrapped in politics. It’s becoming a crazed ride with no stopping point in sight.

Franklin County has attained a first in the nation. It is the first county to be designated as a POW/MIA County.

It isn’t often that a tax increase proposal has wide support that is growing by the day. That’s the case with the statewide Proposition D proposal that will be on the November ballot.

When a report surfaced this week that Eric Greitens was reaching out to donors in support of a political comeback, the reaction on social media was swift and harsh.

Over the years, political hurricanes have been common in Washington, D.C., which is bracing for another one this coming week. The Republicans plan to stick to their schedule in the Judge Brett Kavanaugh nomination battle for a U.S. Supreme Court seat.

Sen. Claire McCaskill finally announced her decision on the Judge Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. She opposes the nomination. The reason given by her is at best flimsy.

Union residents should be proud of their city lake and coming this fall, it will have even more to offer.

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