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Saturday 12/20/2014
Emmaus Will Endure
Posted: December 20, 2014

These are uncertain times for Emmaus Homes’ Marthasville campus, a place where 78 adults with developmental disabilities call home. 

Our Cuban Policy
Posted: December 20, 2014

One way to view our change in policies toward Cuba is that it is a victory for the people of both countries. People who have visited Cuba in recent decades — the ones we have talked to — all said we should relax our policies toward Cuba, just 90 miles from Florida.

Thursday 12/18/2014
A Lost Language
Posted: December 18, 2014

Make no mistake about it. The St. Clair R-XIII School District is doing many, many great things to educate our students today so they can become the leaders of tomorrow.

Challenger to Hillary?
Posted: December 18, 2014

It appears likely that Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president. Earlier it had appeared that Hillary would be a shoo-in for the nomination because no one was going to challenge her. But now Sen. Warren is looking like a serious candidate for president.

Seek Letters for Veterans
Posted: December 18, 2014

Franklin County Honor Flight is seeking letters for veterans who make the trip to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials erected in their honor.

Saturday 12/13/2014
Toll Roads . . . A Viable Option
Posted: December 13, 2014

Missourians need to have an indepth discussion on toll roads — in the Legislature, in the executive branch, among users, and the general public. Time is running out as far as addressing the conditions of our interstate highways, bridges and state roads before they deteriorate more and become more costly to repair. New construction also is needed to solve congestion conditions and failing bridges.

“It’s Budget Time”
Posted: December 13, 2014

For many governmental entities, it’s budget time. Preparing budgets for the coming year often is a laborious task, whether in government or private business. Toes can be stepped on, tempers can explode — after all it’s about spending, priorities and not always granting funding requests.

Should We Be Worried?
Posted: December 13, 2014

China is expected to have a 350-ship Navy by 2020. It has less than 300 ships now. In the meantime, the U.S. Navy could drop as low as 250 ships from around the 300 we have now.

Thursday 12/11/2014
Posted: December 11, 2014

It was just a matter of time. 

Force by Police
Posted: December 11, 2014

Unfortunately, many of the protesters, and their sympathizers, do not understand what police have to deal with, some on an almost daily basis, with violent suspects. One of their challenges is to try to subdue a violent offender without using excessive force.

Failed to Mention
Posted: December 11, 2014

Many people are of the opinion that the media overall has not been fair to policemen in the New York and Ferguson killings of black men by officers.

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Posted: December 10, 2014

We are accustomed to seeing dumb legislation introduced, and usually lawmakers have enough sense to aim those bills for the wastebasket. This doesn’t mean that some dumb bills aren’t passed.

Saturday 12/06/2014
Day of Infamy
Posted: December 06, 2014

Sunday, Dec. 7, will be the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor which plunged America into war with the Japanese. World War II had already begun but the United States had not entered the war until the attack by the Japanese. The next day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a speech to Congress declared that a state of war existed between the United States and Japan. A resolution of war was adopted by Congress.

Keeping the Peace . . .
Posted: December 06, 2014

They’re calling for more police officers in St. Louis. Those who are calling for a larger police force to protect people and property includes Mayor Francis Slay.

Fulfilling a Need . . .
Posted: December 06, 2014

Mercy Hospital Washington dedicated its new outpatient Behavioral Health Department Thursday to fill a void in this area. It officially opens Monday, but before that a few patients were seeking care and they were processed.

Thursday 12/04/2014
Death of a Newspaper
Posted: December 04, 2014

The New Haven Leader, established in 1895, has ceased publication. The final issue of The Leader was published last week.

Unwise, Didn’t Help the Situation
Posted: December 04, 2014

Five St. Louis Rams players, when entering the playing field before the game Sunday against Oakland, stood with their hands raised to express solidarity with protesters over the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent grand jury ruling that no charges would be filed against the policeman who fired the fatal shots.

Wednesday 12/03/2014
Watch What You Say
Posted: December 03, 2014

There’s been a healthy discussion about the boundaries of the First Amendment lately and much of it is being driven by social media. 

Friday 11/28/2014
A No-Win Situation
Posted: November 28, 2014

It was a no-win situation for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch in the Michael Brown shooting case. He was going to be criticized for any decision he made in determining whether there was any criminal culpability on behalf of the officer who shot the teenager. Whether he made the call himself to issue any charges or whether he used a grand jury to make the call, he was going to be second-guessed.

Shop Local, Shop Small Retail
Posted: November 28, 2014

It’s never been easier to shop online. 

Thursday 11/27/2014
Timely Donations
Posted: November 27, 2014

When members of American Legion Post 218 learned that the Naval JROTC cadets in Washington were in need of jackets, or pea jackets as the Navy calls them, there was an immediate response.

Early Release Plan
Posted: November 27, 2014

Franklin County is on the verge of adopting a pretrial prisoner release plan for county jail inmates charged with crimes. The plan would ease crowding conditions at the county jail in Union and postpone a costly jail expansion program.

Thanksgiving Lessons
Posted: November 27, 2014

It’s hard to recall a more tense and anxiety-filled Thanksgiving holiday in recent memory.

Friday 11/21/2014
Take This Dare!
Posted: November 21, 2014

It’s probably too early to characterize it as a paradigm shift, but it is progress.

Courthouse Bombing Anniversary
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 2:39 pm

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.

A Significant Number
Posted: November 21, 2014

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.

Pipeline Is Needed
Posted: November 21, 2014

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.

Wednesday 11/19/2014
The State of Our Defense
Posted: November 19, 2014

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.

Improving Lives
Posted: November 19, 2014

A tip of the hat to the Franklin County Area United Way and the community for surpassing the 2014 campaign goal.

Putin the Bully
Posted: November 19, 2014

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?

Source of Guns, Munitions
Posted: November 19, 2014

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?

Friday 11/14/2014
No Political Bashfulness by Claire
Posted: November 14, 2014

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.

"Endangered Species"
Posted: November 14, 2014

Republicans ran away with the election earlier this month on the national and state level.

This Is No Surprise
Posted: November 14, 2014

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.

No Change!
Posted: November 14, 2014

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.

Thursday 11/13/2014
More Than Economic Impact
Posted: November 13, 2014

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.

The Least We Can Do
Posted: November 13, 2014

"Thank you for your service.” 

The Mood of Voters, President
Posted: November 13, 2014

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.

Saturday 11/08/2014
Ensuring Value
Posted: November 08, 2014

Tim Wolfe is a businessman. 

Time to Lead
Posted: November 08, 2014

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. 

Anytime, Anywhere
Posted: November 08, 2014

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.

Thursday 11/06/2014
Preparing for the Worst
Posted: November 06, 2014

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.

Creating Jobs
Posted: November 06, 2014

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?

Money and Politics
Posted: November 06, 2014

Are you glad the election is over?

Saturday 11/01/2014
It Looks Bad
Posted: November 01, 2014

"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

Interruptions for Progress
Posted: November 01, 2014

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.

Thursday 10/30/2014
Candidate Profiles
Posted: October 30, 2014

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.

Yes on Luetkemeyer
Posted: October 30, 2014

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. 

Schatz for State Senate
Posted: October 30, 2014

Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, is the clear choice in the 26th District state Senate race. 

Preservation Project
Posted: October 30, 2014

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.