• Dr. Jerry R. Chambers, Former Superintendent of Washington Schools
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With the upcoming WINGS celebration at Elks Lodge Sept. 30, my fond memories of the creation and development of the Foundation come into sharper focus. It is appropriate that Andrea Rau is honored for her important role and long record of service. I congratulate Andrea for the Community Contributor Award. Congrats also to Carolyn Shotwell for the Educator Award and to Rocky Sickmann for the Alumni Award.

  • Caleb Rehklau, Washington
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North Korea nuking the U.S. would be bad for both countries. Not only would it kill millions of innocent people and leave both countries in ruin but it could start a nuclear winter which could kill off a lot of crops and decrease the food we have available.

  • Charles G. Coy, Washington
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The misery inside a tractor-trailer packed with undocumented immigrants at a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio recently was beyond horrific. More than 100 people were crammed in the trailer’s lightless, nearly airless interior. Nine people died.

  • Bob Dzurick, Commander Max Mueller, VFW Post 2661
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I apologize up front for the delay in this response to the letter written to the editor from Brenda Kaihewalu during the weekend edition of July 22-23. I wanted to be able to respond with as many kind words as I could without offending this person and her beliefs.

  • Jan Bruckdorfer, Ph. D., Washington
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Donald Trump, president of the United States of America, pronounced that he will “block” those who are of transgender affiliation from serving in the U.S. military.

  • Joe Schaper, Pacific
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Between patronizing Straatmann Printing, Hoffman’s Ice Cream Drive-in, Christopher’s Corner, meetings in the Opera House and eating at Brew Haus, I probably park at Orleans and South First in Pacific an average of twice a week, sometimes more. That one corner has more actual commerce in multiple businesses than any other place downtown (Pacific) with on-street parking. There is always something happening there as long as it’s not flooded. That’s not including the Straatmann CPA firm or the occupied office space in the McHugh-Dailey Building, as well as large Opera House events which cause parking to overflow onto the streets.

 

  • Don Brocato, Old Gray Summit Road
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I read about all the critters you have in a neighborhood in Pacific and I agree that you must get rid of them. I agree that your solution is trapping, but your proposal to locate them in a different area may solve your problem but create a problem for someone else.

  • Dale Johnson, Washington
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Many thanks to the person or persons who photograph and write the Humane Society Pets of the Week.

  • John B. Crane, M.D., Washington
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What’s wrong with the Republican health care plan? In a word, everything, starting with the group of rich senators gathering in secrecy to come up with a “better plan” than Obamacare, which will adversely affect the lives of millions in this country.

  • Judy Spaunhorst, Union
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This is something that has been on my mind for a very long time, and of those whom I have asked their opinion have agreed with me. So, I am electing to sign my name.

  • Damon Gilbert, St. Clair
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Having read the well-written article by Gregg Jones titled “Judge Wood: Heroin a ‘Cancer’ in County,” I wish to take this a step further.

Where has the letter writer who writes “Trump Is Trying to Deconstruct Freedom of Press, Destroy our Republic” been for the last eight years when the illegal Obama worked to destroy our economy, our health care with the worthless Obamacare?

  • Charles G. Coy, Washington
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There is a growing sense that our political system isn’t functioning as it should. There were similar feelings in the 1760s and 1770s, when the British overlords strayed onto a course that eventually led to political upheaval and revolution.

  • F. N. Brennan, Pacific
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The city of Pacific has a three-cell, concrete, partly buried water reservoir in Blackburn Park. Every day, over 7,000 people and some businesses depend on this supply of water.

  • Richard E. Browning, P.E., Washington
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While the country continues to destroy, remove or deface existing Civil War memorials under the pretext that Lincoln went to war to free the slaves (which is totally false), it appears that our two U.S. senators are pushing to install a statue of President Harry S. Truman in place of Francis Preston Blair.

  • Kathy Meyer, Washington
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I am writing this letter on the 4th of July, and thinking of all this beautiful country has been through and all the changes I have seen take place.

  • John B. Crane, MD, Washington
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I’ve touched on this issue in a prior letter, and I will again. The latest example of Trump’s outrageous behavior, which worries me most, is his apparent attempt to systematically deconstruct our freedom of the press. It threatens to destroy our republic from the inside, which in my opinion is more dangerous than outside threats from other parts of the world. I am certain that, as the editor of an award-winning newspaper, you are equally concerned.

  • Charles G. Coy, Washington
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Several Muslim groups in Germany rallied tens of thousands this June in a march with a simple message: Acts of terror carried out in the name of Islam are not Islamic.

  • Marty Riggs, Washington
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I walked away from public education (retired) 10 years ago. I have had time to reflect and look back over my career in the world of school and have come to the conclusion our society is broken. Aside from all the current political division in our country, we as an American people have lost our way. Our moral compass seems to be broken, particularly when it comes to education.

  • Mike Smith, Washington
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I am writing in response to Mr. Biermann’s recent letter on climate change. As strongly as I believe in the science of climate change, I feel it is important to approach this subject with a level of humility.

  • Gene Biermann, Washington
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Just a week or so ago, NBC News spotlighted a beautiful, sleek-looking, brand new, state-of-the-art facility in Sweden built by an enterprising young gentleman for the express purpose of removing gaseous CO2 from the atmosphere. Unfortunately and realistically, it was also pointed out that it woud take 250,000 such plants just to remove a mere 1 percent of the carbon dioxide in the air. Good luck with that!

  • Charles G. Coy, Washington
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Your editorial about the World War I Museum in Kansas City brought back fond memories from my growing up in Garden City, Mo.

  • Debi Daly-Donoho, Washington
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With concerns growing over Missouri’s crumbling infrastructure, why would MoDOT plan a roundabout at the intersection of Bluff Road and Highway 100 without including local government officials and local citizens in the planning? 

 

  • Gene Biermann, Washington
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Millions of Henny Pennys the world over are mightily perturbed that President Trump fulfilled another campaign promise and, unswayed by all the liberal propaganda that has been going on for nearly 30 years and reaching its peak under Barack Obama, made the commonsense decision to remove the U.S. from the Paris Accord, or so-called man-made global warming, even though that may take three or four years to do.

  • Chuck Lakaytis, Villa Ridge
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The gunman’s rampage of the Republican representative, aides and lobbyists’ softball game is — for me and everyone I know — reprehensible.

 

  • Terry Beckmeyer, New Haven
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First-term Rep. Nathan Tate from St. Clair seems to be having a good old time in Jefferson City, chomping away on $40 dinners, compliments of his lobbyist friends (Missourian — “Tate Still Enthusiastic About Serving District,” June 10-11, 2017).

  • Dolores Schwaller, Washington
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In answer to the question “Are We Isolating Ourselves From the World?” from a Letter to the Editor,  hopefully we do not want to imitate France, which installed a Muslim as president who deems to believe his countrymen should accept this as normal, with no concern for the deaths caused by these attacks, nor Germany’s president who welcomed all these immigrants in who  are terrorizing the German people.    

  • Shirley Fischer, Washington
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I have never witnessed such a disgusting political atmosphere in my lifetime. I have wondered if there are no limits to how low some people will stoop in their effort to destroy President Donald Trump.

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