• Mary Lee Kliethermes, Washington
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Page 5F of the Wednesday, May 17, issue of the paper has a photo of a youngster at the Washington Skate Park . . . both feet in the air. . . “pulling off some tricks on his scooter” while wearing no protective gear.

  • Charles G. Coy, Washington, Missouri
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The main purpose of Meramec River Dam was flood control, but on Aug. 8, 1978, voters stopped construction as the main portion of the dam was underway. 

  • Jeffrey Watson, Union
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If Barack Obama had fired James Comey during the Clinton email investigation, he would have been pilloried by the GOP – and rightly so. Such an act would have been seen as an attempt to circumvent an active investigation and aid Hillary Clinton.

Third- and fourth-graders at St. Vincent de Paul School in Dutzow wrote Letters to the Editor as part of a class project. Several of them are below.

  • Mike Huber, Appreciative Mercy Co-worker
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A very deserving dedication took place this week at Mercy Hospital Washington.

  • Eva Adams, Union
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My husband and I have been living in Union for 46 years. Within the past 1 1/2 years our city experienced three extreme precipitation events that dropped at least 6 inches of rain within two days. (Dec 28-29, 2015; Sept.   8-9, 2016; April 29-30, 2017). Older residents also remember the 100-year floods of 1982 and 1993. The present devastating flood, however, occurring just 1 1/2 years after the last record flood is very unusual.

  • Brenda Laughhunn, RN and Executive Director at Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care, Chesterfield
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Monday, May 15, the nation observes Peace Officers Memorial Day and the start of National Police Week as a tribute to all the federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.

 

  • Robin Stout, Pacific
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I base this heartfelt poem on what I have experienced, people I know personally dealing with the current flood and the one back in 2015. 

  • Cindy Clark, President and CEO, St. Charles
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To Whom it May Concern: I am writing to you today to share some exciting news. As you may know, in May 2015, the Emmaus Board of Directors voted to begin transitioning clients from the Marthasville campus to the community, with a commitment to complete the move by July 2020. However, I’m thrilled to share that we are ahead of schedule and our newest projections indicate that all of our clients should be transitioned to the community by March 2019.

  • Marty Riggs, Washington
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First of all, let me make it clear that I am for legal immigration. I am against “illegal” immigration and the phenomenon of “sanctuary cities.” Our government is not a big game of monopoly where you have a “get out of jail free” card.

  • Charles G. Coy, Washington
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Regardless of President Trump’s policies, it is important to understand why his words resonate, and to acknowledge that, in many cases, the problems they are bringing to the surface point to people who feel left behind.

  • David McQueen, Washington
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To: Aaron Miesner, Marthasville.

My name is stated in the publication. It is not the music, but the vehicles themselves. I am simply stating my opine, as we Americans generally do. I am curious as to why my opinion stresses you out so?

  • Patricia Forget, Washington
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Mr. Miller, regarding Sen. Claire McCaskill’s vote on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court, let me assure you that while you may believe that all Missourians are for Gorsuch and supported Trump, there are a few of us who believe Sen. McCaskill made the right decision.

  • Susan Peschin, MHS President and CEO Alliance for Aging Research, Washington, D.C.
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The Alliance for Aging Research supports Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) in defending against the Trump Administration’s 11th-hour, proposed $1.2 billion funding cut to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the remainder of fiscal year 2017. 

 

  • Ken Colerick, St. Clair
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Hey, Claire, I read that you can’t decide how to vote on Judge Gorsuch because voting one way or the other affects some political agenda.

  • Ellen Wentz, Kirkwood
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Your Protection = Regulations. What are the rules called that protect you and make your job safe? The air you breathe clean, the water your (grand)kids swim in and the soil they play in free from dangerous chemicals? The answer: regulations. 

  • Charles G. Coy, Washington
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You have to wonder what’s behind President Donald Trump’s proposed budget that maximizes military expenditure for hard-powered war preparation with more tanks, bombers, missiles and even more nuclear weapons. He wants to increase military hardware spending by $54 billion this year.

  • Submitted by Wayne Baker, Wendy Nordwald, Mark Stephens, Brent Speight, Jim Ledbetter, Dan Robb and Steven Deves of A Better Road Forward, an advocacy group comprised of concerned citizens, small businesses, organizations and communities who are committed to finding viable solutions to solve Missouri’s transportation crisis.
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Since 1924 Missourians have paid a motor fuel tax to construct and maintain our roads. Today, unelected bureaucrats in Jefferson City want two taxes for our roads: a fuel tax, and a toll tax forced on Missourians through a public-private partnership (PPP).

  • Wes Tate, Union
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This is in regards to the intersection of Church and State streets. This has been made a four-way stop and for the life of me I can’t understand why. 

  • Julie A. George, Pacific
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The Meramec Valley R-III School District has an essential and important no tax increase bond issue on the April 4 ballot.  

  • Bev Brautigam, Washington
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I am writing this letter on behalf of the man behind the success of the Washington Navy JROTC program, Lt. Raines, the instructor/teacher for the last 2 1/2 years. 

  • John R. Harris II, Retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Washington
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The following letter was sent to the Washington School Board:

I am a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army.  I served this country for 28 years and served in two wars. I have been a member of VFW Post 2661 for over 30 years and currently am the VFW board president.

  • Eric Struckhoff, Villa Ridge
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I just read the front page of The Missourian and the story titled, “Bar Owners Want Utility Lines Buried.” I really want to thank you for writing the article and bringing attention to this subject. 

  • Mark Alsop, Washington
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Thank you to the great person who found my dog on St. Louis Rock Road and brought it to the Humane Society Friday, March 3. I am so grateful to you. Your kindness is appreciated.

In the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump criticized Hillary Clinton for having “close ties” to Vladimir Putin due to donations to the Clinton Foundation from Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian billionaire oligarch and Putin ally. This is true. Vekselberg contributed somewhere between $50K-$100K to the Clinton Foundation. 

 

  • Jo Schaper, Pacific
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The Missourian recently reported that Lt. Gov. Mike Parson advocates for closing Missouri veterans homes and “allowing” veterans to use their benefits in private nursing homes. I was the “eyes and ears” for the out-of-state guardian of a Vietnam-era veteran who had a stroke in his late 50s. His body was afflicted, but not his mind. 

  • Ellen Bowles, Salem
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In this era of attack on rights of all kinds it is absolutely necessary to raise awareness and protest this war on the rights of all human beings and specifically women.

  • Robert B. Hillermann Sr., Washington
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Will someone please tell the Democrats they lost the election? Some still don’t know. Maybe they should change their name to the Donkey Club.

  • The Sneddy Family, Washington
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On Friday afternoon, Feb. 17, 2017, while driving to St. Louis, our daughter suffered a serious medical issue which required an ambulance ride to the ER. It was necessary to immediately stop the car and fortunately we were near a driveway in which to park the car.

  • Stacey Ayers, Volunteer Organizer and Coach
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I’m writing to let others know about an extraordinary local group and to express our sincere gratitude for their contributions to Franklin County Jets Youth Running Club.  

  • Charles G. Coy, Washington
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We will remember 2016 not only for the return of populism throughout the Western world, but also for the blindness of those who could not see the difference between right-wing and left-wing populism.

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