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It’s probably too early to characterize it as a paradigm shift, but it is progress.
This month is the 45th anniversary of the bombing of the Franklin County courthouse in Union. A bomb was placed under a bench on the second floor in the lobby just outside the sheriff’s office.
It may be a new high in Franklin County to have seven homicide cases pending in circuit court. If it isn’t the highest, the number certainly is significant.
Missouri’s two U.S. senators voted for the Keystone XL pipeline project that failed to pass by one vote after it had been approved in the House. Both senators, Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, say they will continue to support Keystone.
There’s no denying that the world we live in is as dangerous as it has ever been in other eras in this nation’s history. Yet our military is being crippled by budget cuts and a political leadership that is stubborn and more interested in the party than in the safety of the people they represent.
A tip of the hat to the Franklin County Area United Way and the community for surpassing the 2014 campaign goal.
When President Vladimir V. Putin arrived for the G-20 meeting in Australia, there were two Russian warships in nearby waters. The bully brought along his naval support in another show of his country’s strength. Who did he think that was going to impress?
An untold story is where the weapons and ammunition come from used in conflicts around the world. Where are they made? How do they get into the hands of rebels and tyrants in the many foreign countries where there is bloodshed?
Like her or not, there is one thing about U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, you know whether she backs or blackballs a political candidate. She isn’t bashful when it comes to endorsements.
Republicans ran away with the election earlier this month on the national and state level.
The availability of skilled labor is the No. 1 factor in site selection by industries, according to a survey by Area Development magazine, which focuses on industrial development.
In November 1969, 45 years ago, the Washington City Council was thinking about annexation because of a shortage of building sites in the city limits.
When the 2014 Washington Town and Country Fair numbers were reported last week at the annual Washington Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast, the total economic impact of the five-day event in August again stirred emotions, and resulted in thoughts of what it means to this entire area. The impact goes beyond the numbers.
"Thank you for your service.”
Presidents are elected if they capitalize on the mood of the voters. President Barack Obama did that twice. His words of change captured the imagination of voters. He hasn’t delivered on the promise of change in a positive direction.
Tim Wolfe is a businessman.
You can interpret Tuesday’s national midterm election results in a variety of ways but there’s no ignoring that the Republican victories were historic.
The type of robbery and assault that occurred in Washington last Monday on a restaurant parking lot would have been unheard of here many years ago. It serves as a warning that crimes are happening anytime and anywhere today.
A grand jury investigating the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson by a police officer is expected to give its report by mid-November. In the meantime, there have been reports that the Ferguson police chief plans to step aside, St. Louis County officers would add Ferguson to their jurisdiction, and it has been leaked that the officer who did the shooting, Darren Wilson, has testified that he acted in a self-defense manner — actually feared for his life.
Ad after ad in the political campaigns that just closed, candidates said they were for job creation. That’s easier said than done. It resonates well with voters. Or does it?
Are you glad the election is over?
"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”
Rotary Riverfront Trail regulars are hopeful something can be worked out with the contractor for the new Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River where at least part of the trail will be open during the two-year construction period. A construction contractor has not been selected, but indications are that the state and city will try to work something out to keep part of the popular walkway/bikeway trail open in that two-year period.
In this issue there are profiles of candidates who will be on the Nov. 4 ballots in this area. The profiles of candidates in contested races are the only ones published. A number of candidates have no opposition.
We have said before that U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer reflects the views of a majority of the people he represents in the Third Congressional District. He’s a conservative Republican.
Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, is the clear choice in the 26th District state Senate race.
Washington began to preserve old structures much too late. It is not an easy task. Some of the preservation projects can be complex, beginning with ownership of the property.
The Franklin County Area United Way has been through this before — having some concern about reaching its goal by the end of the official campaign, which ends Oct. 31.
At a newspaper meeting in Washington, D.C., several years ago, one of the speakers was the legendary Ben Bradlee, once the editor of the Washington Post. He died this past week at age 93. The editor of this newspaper has a memory of Bradlee that tells a story of sorts.
The 10th annual Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame induction ceremony was bittersweet.
There now are seven municipalities in metro St. Louis that have adopted a ban on texting while driving. Lake St. Louis is the seventh.
The 10th annual induction program at the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame will be held in Washington Thursday evening. It will be the last induction program here.
Earlier this month, a new memorial in Washington, D.C., was dedicated. It is the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. It is located near the Capitol.
The hope here is that the Union R-XI Board of Education will move beyond the flare-up with one of its board members over the Sunshine Law.
While there are four proposed state constitutional amendments on the Nov. 4 ballot, the backers of one of them have already thrown in the towel.
One of the most obvious fields in which making changes has been harmful is education. To be kind, in many instances the tinkering has been well intended but a failure. Survey after survey have indicated this failure.
City and county officials say they are unaware of any volatile crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota being shipped by rail through Franklin County. With two major railroads passing through the county, the chances are some of it is being transported as tanker cars have been observed.
The continuing protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown, which have spread from Ferguson across the St. Louis region and indeed the world, are making headlines and history.
Why is President Barack Obama spending time trying to raise money for the Democratic Party? He’s at one fundraiser after another. He’s raising money for his party while Washington is burning with vital issues that should be tended to but are left hanging by this president who is disengaged from his presidential duties.
Recent economic data suggests the economy is doing better both nationally and here in Franklin County. But hard times still linger for many.
In case anybody is interested, as of Monday, the national debt was $17,868,497,104,334.61. It’s higher when you are reading this since it continues to increase by an average of $2.43 billion every day since Sept. 30, 2012. Yes, that’s $2.43 billion!
We don’t know how many students from this area have benefited from the A+ scholarship program over the years but we can say with confidence that it is a bunch — a whole bunch.
We all know there are a few teachers who go against the American grain. Some do it to bring attention to themselves. Others do it because they are unhappy with our government, or conditions in this country. A few are in the eccentric category!
There are so many good things about St. Louis that it’s tragic that its image is being darkened by almost daily murders, street violence and, of course, in the county the ongoing Ferguson saga.
There are critics of the state giving tax credits to stimulate Missouri’s economy. Whether we like it or not, that’s the name of the game in today’s economy. It can be to industry that makes products to film companies that make movies, tax credits are an attractive incentive.
It certainly is good news for the St. Louis metro area that Boeing plans to add 700 jobs here to make parts for the new 777X airliner. Production is expected to begin in 2017.
The Washington Brass Band, one of Washington’s oldest and most revered institutions, is in need of new members. The average age of the band members is 60-plus, and there are members who have reached 80 years.
The Franklin County Commission adopted two measures last week that could help alleviate some of the tension between various county departments and elected officials.
A lot has been written about America’s love affair with cars.
Dizzy Dean once said it ain’t bragging if you can do it.