Two front page stories in Wednesday’s Missourian provide a good sense of the severity of the opioid epidemic in this area.

The Missouri House is advancing a bill that would ban marriages of children ages 14 years old or younger. Under current law, children ages 15-17 can get married with permission from a parent. Those younger than 15 need approval from a judge.

Several bills have been filed in the Missouri Legislature this session that would gut the Missouri Historic Tax Credit (MHTC) program.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens last week said he does not support a gas tax hike to fund the state’s crumbling infrastructure. Furthermore, he doesn’t want to see the question go before voters. Despite that opposition, State Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, has filed a bill to raise the state tax …

A recent report that single-family home construction was up again in 2017 in Washington is good news for the community.

In October 2017 President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public “health emergency,” but since then there has been no urgency by his administration to address the nationwide problem and wave of overdoses.

At least one Missouri lawmaker wants the state House to suspend its intern program and further strengthen its sexual harassment policies amid an increase in complaints about inappropriate conduct over the past couple of years.

The tax cut bill President Trump signed at Christmas gave Americans a reason to celebrate. Last week’s Treasury Department announcement on the deficit was the hangover that followed.

We have full confidence that East Central College will address the areas of concern identified by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and will come out a stronger institution as President Jon Bauer has promised.

When supporters of a recreational trail in the right of way of the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad made their case in the early 1980s, there was stiff opposition from landowners along the route.

Republican state lawmakers are pushing back on $68 million in cuts to higher education proposed by Gov. Eric Greitens in the $28.7 billion budget he released this week.

 

There is much blame to go around and others still to be held accountable for the widespread and unconscionable behavior of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor who was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting girls and women under the guise of medical treatment.

Embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens vowed he is not resigning in the wake of an acknowledged affair and allegations of blackmail involving his former hairstylist.

Our state lost one of the best role models of what it means to be a public servant with the passing of Ralph N. Smith.

It takes a lot of volunteers to make the Washington Town and Country Fair happen each summer — from the all-volunteer 23-member Fair Board, to the volunteers working the gates, concession stands, livestock shows, motor sports arena and the list goes on and on.

Legislation has been introduced in the Missouri General Assembly this session that prohibits nondisclosure agreements as part of legal settlements with the state.

President Donald Trump wants $18 billion to build more than 700 miles of a wall along our southwest border. The new wall would expand the 654 miles of a barrier now in place.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should resign — not because of an extramarital affair, but because he is just another political poser.

One of the reasons Donald Trump got elected president was because he wasn’t a career politician like his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

In one of his last interviews in office, former Gov. Jay Nixon was asked if he had any regrets on his 30-year career in public service.

To start the new year off with news of Melton Machine & Control Company’s expansion plans is as good as it gets for the area economy. The company has been in Washington since 1975, moving here from St. Louis, and locating in the beginning on the southwest corner of West Main and Westlink…

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What is the United States’ moral obligation to combat evil as Americans see it in other parts of the world?

We all know East Central College is one of the best buys in higher education in Missouri. It has the second lowest tuition among the state’s community colleges.

It will be highly interesting to see what happens to legislation to raise the state gasoline tax in the Missouri General Assembly this session.

President Donald Trump has no one to blame but himself in regard to a book published that is highly critical of the president, members of his family and close aides. Steve Bannon had a key position in the Trump campaign and he was appointed as a senior strategist in the Trump administration …

To us the major happening locally in 2017 was the start of construction of a new Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River at Washington.

The question is whether the United States will ever have a relationship with China that involves trust. There are reasons to suggest that it will never happen.

Sen. Roy Blunt is a conservative who recognizes the value in federal tax credits when it comes to saving old structures and giving them a new life.

There was a time when much was said and written about New Year’s resolutions. Today, well, the word has faded. 

 

We hated to learn the news that the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce lost out in the bidding for the state license office. The Chamber has operated the state license office since 1973.

News reports are saying that Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s re-election chances in 2018 have improved because of voter disapproval of Republican President Donald Trump and the fact that an unknown, with little experience in a political office, likely will be her opponent. 

It’s a limited legal victory, and the lawsuit has some distance to go before a final decision is reached.

To the surprise of hardly anyone, the Washington Town and Country Fair won nine awards of excellence in the Hall of Honor Communications Contest sponsored by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.

What would have happened to Franklin County had voters not approved sales taxes to help pay operating expenses? Bankruptcy?  That may have happened.

The citizens committee reviewing projects to be on the “to do” list if voters approve the renewal of Washington’s capital improvement half-cent sales tax that will be on the April ballot is giving additional time to consideration of a new municipal swimming pool. The cost would be about $6 million, which would take a lion’s share that the tax is estimated to produce in its eight-year life.

The Franklin County Area United Way — the united way of giving to agencies that help people — is a success story in this county. We are fortunate to have the volunteers who are the fuel that drives the United Way engine and supports the leadership in the annual drive.

It will be unusual indeed for two Franklin County entities to have a vote on sales tax proposals in the April election.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating whether the Trump team had ties to Russia in the 2016 presidential election, continues to be under fire because of his questionable actions.

Concern is mounting about the objectivity in the investigation of a possible connection between the Donald Trump campaign staff and Russia in the 2016 presidential election. It is known that Russia tried to influence the election outcome. 

Our state senator, Dave Schatz, Sullivan, isn’t afraid to put his name on a proposed tax increase. Many state senators and members of the House are too timid to propose and promote any tax hike because they don’t want to hurt their re-election chances. It’s the “me first” fever that persists in the Missouri General Assembly.

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