We join the rest of the community in saluting VFW Post 2661 on its 75th anniversary.
We were sorry to learn that Dr. Brady J. Deaton, University of Missouri chancellor, plans to retire in November. He has served as chancellor since October 2004. It is good news that he will continue to serve as chancellor emeritus with a focus on the university’s role in international development.
Length of time as a member of Congress is important when it comes to a state having clout. Missouri has lost considerable influence in Congress and now is ranked No. 30 in the clout ratings.
We are well aware that we must obey the laws of the country even if we think some are unnecessary and even silly. We also know we must accept interpretations of the law and provisions of our constitutions, state and federal. We also must obey local ordinances, often well meaning but off the necessary mark.
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Nepotism: “Favoritism by those in power extended toward relatives, esp. by appointing them to desirable positions.” That’s Webster’s definition.
It was reassuring to hear Missouri Speaker of the House Tim Jones say that he is open to reconsidering a transportation sales tax ballot initiative next year.
Voters in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District in southeast Missouri elected their choice for a seat in the U.S. House Tuesday. That is, a handful of voters showed up at the polls to send state Rep. Jason Smith, Republican, to Washington, D.C.
A good number of members of Congress are convinced the military’s authority in sexual assault cases should be curbed because of inaction or viewing the offenses too lightly. The military believes it should retain the power to oversee court martial proceedings and military prosecutions. They want to retain power over their units.
It seems like every day there are new revelations in the ongoing IRS scandal. The agency has been reeling from congressional investigations and punches from journalists who have ample material to report.
The Missouri River watchers were out in force over the weekend in Washington. Front Street traffic was heavy as the rising river captured the interest of young and older people.
This Thursday, June 6, will be the 69th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of France on the beaches at Normandy. It was the greatest amphibious assault in the history of the world. The year was 1944.
It is a fact that good teachers are appreciated by the majority of people and that especially includes parents. It also is a fact that, generally, when it comes to pay for teachers, there isn’t much sympathy for teachers. This is a national situation, not just in our local school districts.
It came as no surprise that Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill sponsored by Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, prohibiting enforcement in Missouri of any foreign law deemed “repugnant” to the state or federal Constitution.
Much too often we do not hold our elected officials accountable in their voting records. Citizens also have a responsibility in accountability — that is, they need to be active participants in citizenship by paying attention to what is going on and by voting. Too often citizens are not accountable when they fail to vote, especially on the local and state levels.
Teachers don’t always get the credit they deserve.
Often is heard that a recession is over when home building starts to roar back on the economic scene. Who do we hear that from? Economists, political commentators and writers, government sources, bankers, other lending companies, politicians and people in the construction field. Probably, others, too.
Whatever you may think of Sen. Rand Paul and his sometimes wacky views, you have to give him credit for telling it like it is on a great many subjects.
We miss the Blue Book. It disappeared in 2010. The General Assembly decided to do away with the printed version of the Official Manual of the State of Missouri. Lawmakers decided to put the state information in it online.
All Missourians took some hits from the recent session of the Missouri General Assembly. One that affects most Franklin Countians is failure of the transportation legislation.
In a major speech last week, President Barack Obama again said the Guantanamo detention center in Cuba should be closed. We’ve heard that before such as the promise made to close it when Obama ran for president the first time.
Security agencies around the world are faced with difficult times with the number of terrorist threats there are today. Identifying and monitoring suspected terrorists is a challenge that is testing all of the agencies as they try to protect people.
Parents should be aware and prepare their children that they may have a “hate America professor” at their college or university of choice. The need for a warning is real!
The Washington City Council has approved changes in the zoning code in an effort to promote the construction of housing that will be affordable to buyers with moderate incomes, particularly young couples. The council action came after months of discussion, a review process and public hearings.
When people gather Monday for Memorial Day services, tributes will be directed to those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, but all military veterans will be recognized for their services to this country. Memorial Day services in this area in recent decades have drawn larger crowds of appreciative people of all ages.
The Franklin County Commission acted appropriately when it voted to attempt to recoup the costs of defending an appeal from critics who are challenging the legality of the Franklin County Municipal Court.
The start of every legislative session is similar to the start of every baseball season — hope springs eternal.
Much effort is being poured into the design of the new bridge over the Missouri River at Washington. The bridge enhancement committee has been meeting regularly in an effort to make the design as unique as possible, and within budget limits.
The 32nd annual Downtown Washington Fine Art Fair and Winefest is happening this weekend.
While it was good news that Loving Hearts Outreach in Washington won a $20,000 grant for its Food Backpack Fund — Fighting Hunger, Fueling Minds, the program is a sad commentary on conditions today.
President Barack Obama is coasting to retirement. He’s been “disengaged” as to the day to day happenings in the federal government. Perhaps he’s dwelling on his legacy and his retirement from government when his term runs out. He may be thinking about the fat pension and other benefits a past president is given. Undoubtedly, he will be on a speaking tour to add to the millions of dollars he already has.
Franklin County has a Route Marijuana running through its boundaries. Officially it’s known as Interstate 44, which enters the county at Sullivan and travels through St. Clair and Pacific. I-44 is a short distance from Washington and Union.
All murders are repugnant. But the most nauseating are those that result in deaths of newborns in abortion clinics. In what may be the most sickening case ever of murder in an abortion clinic occurred in Philadelphia where a doctor sank to a new low in murder.
Prior to my mother’s decision to stop smoking in 2010, she smoked every day. Virginia Slims were her favorite. As a child, I remember standing next to her in many drug stores as she asked the sales clerk for “a pack of Virginia Slims Light Menthol.” The all-white carton with green detailing was a package I had grown to know too well.
The Franklin County Commission has shelved its “pave every road in the county” program. That was an ambitious program started several years ago which encountered oversight and rework problems that were costly. The program also was controversial because of a lack of justification for paving some roads with little traffic and even some for which the property owners adjoining them really didn’t want a hard-surface road.
The Washington Volunteer Fire Company will hold its first Junior Fire Academy June 4-6 for youngsters ages 14-18. The goal is to introduce young people to fire department operations and instill in them an interest in serving their community in this type of volunteer service.
The IRS scandal that is engulfing Capitol Hill is going to burn for a long, long time.
The IRS scandal that is engulfing Capitol Hill is going to burn for a long, long time.
The headline read: “GOP May Push Benghazi Attack Into 2016 Contest.” The terrorist attack that killed four people, including our ambassador to Libya, at the U. S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi last September, continues to be in the news, especially due to congressional hearings. It’s not going to go away.
We agree with State Rep. Dave Schatz that putting money into the state’s roads and bridges is a “smart investment” in jobs and the economy.
Our military has a serious problem with sexual assaults and high ranking officers say they recognize it and are dealing with it. We hope so.
The 10 Iraqi journalists who visited The Missourian the past week were an interesting, but a diverse, opinionated group. They didn’t agree with each other on many of the ongoing issues in that country.
The announcement last week that free rides are available to military veterans who have hospital appointments in St. Louis certainly was well received. It’s a great service for the men and women who served their country in the military.
The fact that St. Clair Ambulance District board members and some of their spouses have personal cellphones to use as they please at taxpayers’ expense is appalling.
It was with sadness Sunday when we read in the Post-Dispatch that the Rev. Lawrence Biondi planned to retire as president of St. Louis University after more than 25 years in the lead chair. If you have been following the St. Louis U. story for some time, it is obvious that he was forced to retire by a rebellious faculty and students who joined in the ouster movement, undoubtedly influenced by some of their instructors.
A crowd estimated at near 200 turned out last Thursday night to recognize Paula Obermark, retiring executive director of the Franklin County Area United Way. She has been with the organization 33 years.
We don’t know about you, our readers, but we are sick of political correctness nonsense. Our attention was directed to Washington, D.C., where the Redskins football team is under attack because the team’s nickname is offensive to Native Americans.
We read with more than casual interest a column by David Webber that was in the Columbia Missourian. It had to do with “Five Lessons Learned From Legislators.” Webber has been a political scientist for 30 years. Needless to say, he’s been around.
Words are inadequate to describe the life of Pastor Herman Otten of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Haven. This Sunday he will conduct his final service as the full-time, called pastor of Trinity Lutheran. He is stepping back from being a full-time pastor after 55 years of remarkable service to his church and congregation. He is 80 years old.
As sure as trees and flowers will bloom, and grass will grow in the springtime, vandals will be out doing their despicable acts, such as destroying mailboxes. Last weekend, about 26 mailboxes on Bluff Road, just west of Washington, were destroyed or damaged by vandals.