No one likes to pay sales taxes. But without sales taxes, county governments would not be able to provide services at the level they do. The same can be said for municipalities.

The rush of stories and images of children being separated from their parents at our country’s southern border is heartbreaking.

There is general agreement what Americans want from the news media and what journalists want to report, according to studies that also revealed a troubling caveat: a nagging feeling among both that the ideal isn’t being met.

A start date on the Bluff Road project is yet to be determined. The work is of high concern to more than a thousand people who work in the industrial parks served by the road.

It’s much too early to know if the Florida high school shooting survivors will be successful in their Road to Change campaign, which aims to expand their grassroots activism from rallies and school walkouts to registering young voters, with the goal being stricter gun laws.

The Satanists never rest. They want to do away with any reference to God. This country was founded on beliefs such as “In God We Trust.”

No one knows what the outcome will be in the talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. President Trump already is backing off his tough talk about North Korea and its nuclear weapons, and more stricter sanctions.

The discussions about education never stop. They are as steady as the flow of the Missouri River. There’s a new study out that shows the benefit of teaching, even demanding, student self-discipline as is found in Catholic, Lutheran and some other private schools.

The help wanted signs are all over. Help wanted ads fill the classified sections of newspapers. The unemployment rate is at an 18-year low at 3.8 percent. There is a severe worker shortage.

A new era in Missouri government began late Friday when Lt. Gov. Mike Parson was sworn in as governor, replacing Eric Greitens, who resigned. Both are Republicans.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens did the right thing resigning this week. It was painfully obvious he could no longer lead given his mounting legal challenges.

President Donald Trump’s cancellation of the summit meeting with the leader of North Korea didn’t come as a complete surprise because he had hinted at such a move several times.

Professional football has adopted a new National Anthem policy at its games, beginning with this fall.

One’s health condition can be a signal to retire. Such is the case with Presiding Commissioner of Franklin County John Griesheimer, who announced that he will retire July 6 due to his health.

Ameren Missouri announced this week it plans to develop a 175-turbine wind farm in northeast Missouri that will power an estimated 120,000 homes by 2020.

Gov. Eric Greitens’ latest act is to wear the mantle of a victim in all of his legal entanglements. 

Texans love their guns. That’s why gun restrictions won’t result in Texas from the school shooting at Santa Fe High School that took the lives of eight students and two teachers.

The college and high school graduates of 2018 probably wonder what’s ahead in their lives. Not too many years ago, male graduates in particular had the years ahead laid out for them because military service was awaiting them.

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Gina Haspel to head the CIA. She is qualified because of her many years of experience with the intelligence agency — 33 years.

A salute to the Washington School District is in order for being recognized by the Missouri School Boards’ Association for one of its 2018 Governance Team Awards.

The Missouri House has approved a bill to expand the law as to who can carry concealed weapons in public schools. Under the proposed law, school districts could designate any employee as a school protection officer, which would make them eligible to carry concealed firearms in schools.

Saturday is another day to salute our military veterans, including those on active duty, and to say the words, “Thanks for your service.”

With the 37th Annual Fine Art Fair & Winefest scheduled for this weekend in Washington, it certainly qualifies it as a traditional event. And we must add, an enjoyable one!

We had not heard much about Phoebe Apperson Hearst lately, that is until The Wall Street Journal published a book review about her. She was born near St. Clair. Probably many residents of Franklin County know little about her.

We are not disappointed that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner dropped the felony invasion of privacy charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

A group called Clean Missouri delivered more than 340,000 petition signatures to the Missouri Secretary of State’s office calling for a ballot initiative on ethics reform in state government.

There is concern in many quarters in Franklin County about population, or, more correctly, the slow growth that is occurring.

No more suspense. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un will meet June 12 in Singapore for discussions about the future of North and South relations, which, of course, involve the United States. This country has about 27,000 ground troops and many military facilities in…

There always have been swings at baseballs in Major League games that indicated the player was intent on hitting a home run.

What can be done about people with mental health problems who have access to guns and eventually explode and kill people? The shootings are occurring too often and the nation should be alarmed.

The Missouri Senate approved a budget proposal the past week that will increase funding for older Missourians who suffer with debilitating physical impairments and chronic medical conditions. The additional financial aid would help pay for the highly specialized 24-hour nursing home services…

One of the largest federal agencies is the Department of Veterans Affairs, which has 370,000 employees. The agency is in the news often and many times it is because of problems and scandals.

Can education be saved from its mounting downward plunge? The fall began a long time ago. Probably the most noticeable part of the educational decline has occurred in our high schools.

North Korea announced it is closing a nuclear test site since dictator Kim Jong-un says it no longer is needed.

The Republican Party strategy in upcoming midterm elections is to feature ads that picture Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi as backing Democratic candidates, who if elected would be like them, far to the left.

Gov. Eric Greitens has had lofty ambitions. The White House has been his goal. Now after the release of the Missouri House’s preliminary investigation report, his ambitions have been further shattered. For months there have been calls for his resignation and since the report has been issued,…

The residents of West Main Street are alarmed about a salvage yard and recycling facility planned for the former Sporlan Valve Company plant.

Money in politics roared out of control so long ago it almost qualifies as a relic of another period when candidates didn’t have to spend millions on television advertising and other mediums in the electronic age.

In a recent letter to Missouri lawmakers, Missouri’s four Catholic bishops issued what some have described as a call to action on commonsense gun regulations.

Now that the Washington capital improvements tax has been approved for an eight-year run, the next step is to assign priorities to the projects that are to be built with the revenue.

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