• James Goggan, Washington
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Michael Gerson’s commentary of 10/4/17, concerning Judge Roy Moore of Alabama makes me wonder about the source of Gerson’s vitriol, given his original educational and religious influences.

  • Judge Larry Davis (Ret.), Union
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It caused me great sadness when I learned of the death of Ken Allen last fall. Reading the recent article placed in this newspaper by his daughter renewed that sadness to an even greater degree.

  • Charles G. Coy, Washington
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“Don’t be selfish, Melba!” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. charged a tearful, 16-year-old Melba Pattillo as she hesitated to attend Little Rock’s Central High School in September 1957.

  • John B. Crane, Washington
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Every time our “leader” seems to reach his absolute lowest, he manages to go down yet another level, this time to that of evil.

  • Alice Whalen, Executive Director, East Central Area Literacy Council
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There are more than 10,000 people in the East Central College service area who didn’t graduate high school. They are three times more likely to be in poverty, four times more likely to be in poor health and eight times more likely to be incarcerated than the rest of the population.

  • Joseph Aubuchon, Washington
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Bill Halmich’s remarks about the Vietnam Memorial were the most eloquent and accurate I have ever heard.

  • Jo Schaper, Pacific
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Recent editorials in The Missourian have suggested that young people need to look to tech and the traditional trades as alternatives to a four-year college degree. Why not combine the two, with a four-year degree which provides both a liberal education and an employable skill?

  • Donald Schulte. Washington
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Golly, gee, once again I have a hero. This is not to say that John McCain was never a hero in his day in the Vietnam War. He was indeed a hero as he went under some severe punishment at the hands of his captors. He is to be commended for that.

  • James M. Shola, New Haven
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Wow! It would seem frequent contributor Charles Coy has dreamed (pardon the pun) yet another way to liberally spend fellow taxpayers’ hard-earned money.

  • Bob Dzurick, VFW Post 2661 Commander, American Legion Post 218, Legion Rider
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I am somewhat surprised that all the local news networks, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have been so involved with the protest of the court rulings on the police officer who was found “not guilty” that the media missed reporting an important event that just took place, namely, the “Wall to Wall” Ride of the Missouri American Legion Riders that started in Jefferson City, Mo., by the American Legion Riders Post 5.

  • Patrick Ishmael, Director of Government Accountability, Show-Me Institute Kansas City
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In recent weeks, some of our politicians have suggested that if the broken Obamacare law is going to be changed, the vote should be bipartisan.

  • James Shola, New Haven
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A recent contributor to the editorials made the statement that “Missouri was not a Confederate state.” I would beg to differ, as indeed Missouri was in fact represented with a star on the national flag of the Confederacy.

  • Vincent Ree, Lonedell
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In Nick Straatmann’s Sept. 6 Letter to the Editor “About the Civil War, Here Is What President Lincoln Wrote,” he claims that we should let those who were alive at the time to discuss what the Civil War was about. He goes on to cite Lincoln that the Civil War was not over slavery.

  • Nick Straatmann, Washington
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Having recently caught up on the past month’s-worth of Missourian editorials, I was intrigued to find the Civil War as the forefront topic of debate in our community — the central premise being what the North and South were fighting for, and resultantly, what all of these contentious Confederate monuments represent. 

 

  • Charles Coy, Washington
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In an increasingly divisive political environment, we need to support and protect our Hispanic young people who also happen to be DREAMERS.

CTE – Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including symptomatic concussions, as well as asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head, that do not cause symptoms.

  • Patrick “O’D” O’Donnell, Washington
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To all who attended Foodstock VI Aug. 26, musicians, sound team, volunteers and attendees who contributed to the most successful event ever. Thank you so very much.

  • Betty Freise, Union
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My praise goes out to the Union Ambulance and Police Department in getting me to Mercy Hospital during my recent health emergency. Their professionalism and concern were “top-notch.”

  • Joe Maniaci, 2017 Fair Chairman, and Brian Gildehaus, 2017 Co-Chair
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Washington’s volunteer spirit was certainly on display during a successful Fair Aug. 2-6. Our community is second to none when asked to support the Fair. The Town and Country Fair would not be possible if it were not for all of the volunteers who make it happen. We can’t thank you enough for your support at this year’s Fair.

  • Jason Marquart, St. Louis
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Thanks to everyone at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission for all your hard work in organizing the eclipse celebration.

  • Patrick Ishmael, Director of Government Accountability, Show-Me Institute
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In recent weeks, some of our politicians have suggested that if the broken Obamacare law is going to be changed, the vote should be bipartisan. 

 

How much clout does a respected former U.S. senator from Missouri have who once was considered the conscience of the hallowed chambers of our government? We should find out this week when President Donald Trump visits Springfield to talk about tax reform.

  • Liz Williams, Washington
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RE: Commissioner Brinker’s idea to re-erect the St. Louis Confederate monument here in Franklin County.

 It is time to dispense with the nonsense that our memory or grasp of history will in any way be diminished by the removal of Confederate monuments. The history of slavery in the US and of the Civil War is more than amply documented in books, magazines and newspapers, photos, film, museums, and stories told and passed on through the generations. Indeed, this sad chapter is inscribed in our hearts.

  • Jan Bruckdorfer, Ph.D., Washington
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President Donald Trump appeared to have called the confrontation between the white supremacist/neo-Natzi groups a “draw.”

  • Marty Riggs, Washington
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As I watch the news programs and situation in Charlottesville I have to think our country has lost all common sense. Then I am reminded that common sense is not a tree that grows in everyone’s backyard. My second thought is why aren’t these people working?

 

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