Is Gov. Eric Greitens using his physical feats to distract voters from his limited success in governing the state of Missouri? He’s been able to generate considerable publicity for himself by rappelling into a bull-riding rodeo event, crawling through dirt in a SWAT obstacle course and enter…

It’s interesting to see the names suggested for the new Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River at Washington. Many of the names suggested in an unofficial survey by The Missourian have a historical slant to them.

The type of terrorist in the failed bomb attack in New York City Monday is another indication that it is nearly impossible to stop this kind of bomber. He was a rank amateur and the bomb fizzled, burning the man and injuring three others.

It was no surprise that the Washington City Council approved putting the extension of the half-cent sales tax for capital improvements on the ballot to be voted on in the April 2018 municipal election. The city appointed a special committee to hear proposals for capital improvements that wou…

This is the time of year when requests for donations are the heaviest. Tax deductible donation requests come as reminders that this tax year is near.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., is an accurate voice when it comes to knowing China and the game it is playing with North Korea and the United States. He told the Associated Press that China is more of a problem than a partner for the U.S. on dealing with nuclear-armed North Korea.

News reports out of our nation’s capital say there is a new morality and new politics in Congress. If that’s true, we hope it lasts.

At the meeting last Monday of the Washington Area Highways and Transportation Committee, one of the members suggested that a partnership between Franklin and Warren counties should be created to push for improvements to Highway 47 between Interstate 70 at Warrenton and Interstate 44 at St. C…

On the  federal legislative horizon are changes for colleges and universities, and certainly some reforms are needed. The most significant change that may be coming is in student loans.

A new height in the political correctness nonsense has raised its confused head at a college back east. At the College of the Holy Cross at Worcester, MA, officials are on a political correctness mission as to the name “Crusader,” which is the college’s symbol dating back to more than a century.

At this point, the name of the new bridge will be the Highway 47 Bridge Over the Missouri River. It will not include the name of Washington since only about half of the bridge on the south side is in the city limits. The other half is in unincorporated Warren County.

The Washington School District should be saluted for scoring 97.5 points out of a possible 100 on its Annual Performance Report (APR), released by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The score means the district maintains its accredited status. 

It’s no secret that Gov. Greitens, a Republican, wants to be president and Missouri is just a stop on the way to Washington, D.C. One of the criticisms among several that he has created for himself is his travel to make connections, such as with wealthy would-be campaign donors for his highe…

Student loans have been easy to come by. We’ve all heard of the large number of people who are falling behind in their payments. We’ve also heard of efforts to crack down on the delinquent loans.

As this is written we are in the middle of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Unfortunately, this period is one of the most deadly of any holiday on highways.

Every year the Franklin County Area United Way campaign comes down to the closing week behind in reaching the goal, but then when all reports are in, the annual drive hits the goal and usually surpasses it. That happened this year and a record $1.2 million was raised. 


Another Thanksgiving holiday is upon us and it can’t come soon enough. We need a break, it’s been a rough year.

President Donald Trump has termed his recent trip to Asia a success, and has praised the leaders he met in a way that one would think they were a group of “good ol’ boys.”

Franklin County has tax bills in the mail and many property owners already have received their charges for 2017. A record $117,612,759.91 is the total of all of the bills.

If a person wants a job, there are many opportunities today. It’s been that way for some time. The problem is too many of the jobless feel many of the openings are below the type of work they want to do. Of course, there are some who really don’t want to work, and they will live off unemploy…

Embattled Judge Roy Moore of Alabama, who is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, is fighting off calls for him to drop out due to claims from five women of alleged sexual misconduct. Many senators have called for him to quit the race, and one even said if Moore is elected that august…

It is not unusual for governors to try to influence state boards and commissions – even those constitutionally designed to be independent and apolitical.

It’s tough to lose a state championship game, finishing second, but the Washington High School soccer Blue Jays have earned an accomplishment that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

There hasn’t been a great deal of publicity about it, but there is another movement afoot for St. Louis city to merge with St. Louis County. The Wall Street Journal in its Nov. 4-5, issue devoted about a half page (A3) to “Rethinking the ‘Great Divorce’,” a division that occurred in 1876.

The threat of a mass shooting is something Americans have to live with today. A mass shooting can occur anywhere. Who would ever have thought a shooter would enter a small church in a tiny town in Texas and kill 26 people and wound another 20?

We have some modest advice for Republicans regarding the tax bill unveiled last week – don’t screw this up.

When did this current wave of patriotism capture the attention of Americans? Some people believe it started when Ronald Reagan was president. Others will tell you it came some time after the Vietnam War, which divided the country, but they can’t pinpoint the exact time.

The timing for it at the start of Veterans Week was terrible. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a coward, a deserter, escaped death or a prison term. At least he was given a dishonorable discharge from the Army.

The good news is that the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) recognizes the congestion on Highway 47 between Washington and St. Clair, and it is the No. 1 priority in Franklin County.

The city of Washington’s special committee to look into possible capital improvement projects to be funded by a continuation of the half-cent sales tax, which will be up for renewal in 2018, should consider a second access to the riverfront.


You can’t stop what is fundamentally economic reality. The market always wins in the long run.

Associated Press stories have said that hackers “disrupted” last year’s presidential election. Did they disrupt or try to disrupt the election? The election went pretty well as planned and on schedule.

The city of Washington has formed a capital improvement sales tax committee to study and recommend whether or not the city should continue its half-cent sales tax for needed capital improvements. The tax has been in force since 1989 and has been renewed several times by voters.

On Monday, NBC fired author and political journalist Mark Halperin following multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

You would have a tough time explaining to Scenic Regional Library officials that print is on the way out — pushed by the electronic wave. That may be true in some parts of the country, but in Scenic Regional Library territory, print dominates.

It has been called goofy and a game-changer, revolutionary and a pipe dream. Whatever the label, it has state officials gushing.

It has been known in political circles for some time that Gov. Eric Greitens’ focus is on the White House and being governor of Missouri is just a stepping stone.

The Washington parks board at its last meeting discussed the possible closure of the municipal swimming pool. The board does not have the final word on the pool. It can only recommend matters to the city council.


There is concern in some circles of human thought that too many college professors lean too far to the left and their teachings have a negative impact on students. As Columnist Walter Williams writes on this page, leftists’ teachings undermine basic American principles and values. 


There are 238 proposals from cities, including St. Louis and Kansas City, that are in the competition to be the site for a second Amazon headquarters. Cities in the mix are from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. 


At the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Columbia and after  viewing the work of the inductees, it reminded us again the fact that photojournalists record history with their photos.

President Donald Trump invites criticism with so many of his actions, and he deserves it in many of the incidents. However, it is his use of some words that leave him open for criticism.

The National Football League (NFL) has taken another hit. Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco quarterback, who started all this unpatriotic kneeling when the national anthem is played before games, has filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging collusion.

The 13th class of inductees into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame will be recognized Thursday in ceremonies in Columbia. The Photojournalism Hall of Fame was established in Washington in 2005. After 10 years in Washington, the Hall of Fame was moved to Columbia.

John Behrer has retired from the Shaw Nature Reserve at Villa Ridge after a 39-year career there, 35 years as superintendent/director. The 2,400-acre Reserve made steady progress under his guidance.

For many political years, Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt have joined forces in support of Missouri projects. They may disagree when it comes to some issues, but when it’s for the betterment of Missouri, political parties are cast aside and they work together.

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