The cars and the people in them in the drive-by demonstration at the Washington VFW Home Wednesday evening won’t be protesting anything.

There is a lot to think about on this July Fourth amidst the pandemic, social unrest, economic starts and stops, and the general feeling of disquiet many are feeling for our country.

The traditional July Fourth fireworks display in Washington has been rescued by community-minded 4-U Fireworks LLC and the KC Hall, both of which stepped forward to finance the program to ensure the annual Fourth of July tradition continues this year.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson drew the ire of Democrats and the editorial boards of the state’s two largest newspapers this week when he said he didn’t feel personally responsible for the recent surge of coronavirus cases after he lifted restrictions on June 16.

We learned this week that the federal government sent more than 1 million stimulus checks worth about $1.4 billion to dead people under a new federal law designed to jump-start the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

There won’t be any art, vendors, entertainment or food, but thankfully there will still be wine.

On my first few days on the job, I walked around Washington and met some of my neighbors. Some were old friends, families I knew from growing up in town. We shared stories about families, and it was surprising how much I already knew.

Missouri is the 11th most patriotic state in the nation, according to a recent Wallethub study.

The news was labeled as “good” by many Missourians who received word last week that a scaled-down Missouri State Fair will be held this year. Some people have reservations about it because of the COVID-19 threat, and the fact that the virus is on the upswing.

Having moved to Missouri right before most attractions were shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, I built up a list in my mind of places in the Midwest I wanted to visit as soon as they safely reopened.

June 25, 1950, means nothing to many Americans today, but next Thursday, June 25, 2020, is the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. It has long been called the “Forgotten War.”

One of the more important issues on the Aug. 4 ballot is Amendment 2, a proposal to expand Medicaid in Missouri.

At this point in the presidential election cycle, candidates and media pundits always tell us that “this election is the most important of your life.” This time it may be true.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling Monday protecting gay and transgender workers from job discrimination is being met with cheers and disgust here and throughout the country.

I’ve spent the last week reacquainting myself with Washington as I started my new job as publisher of The Missourian. My first find was Scudder & Co. Coffee on Main, two blocks from the newspaper. I introduced myself to Jessie, the barista, early Monday morning and was back that afternoo…

Anyone driving in Franklin County these past few beautiful days was likely to see throngs of people outside enjoying themselves. Parks were buzzing with activity. The patios and decks of restaurants and bars appeared busy.

To The Editor:

In breaking with an extreme liberal element in the Democratic Party, Joe Biden, who is expected to be the party’s nominee for president, made it clear that he does not support the movement to defund the police.

For thousands of people, we know the summer of 2020 won’t be the same. It will take some personal adjustment and we will survive without the Washington Town & Country Fair, but it will leave a void that can’t be filled by any other activity.

Protesters carrying “Defund the Police” signs have alarmed people who are concerned about their safety, especially in large cities. Signs with those words have not been seen at peaceful protests in Franklin County.

It was sad news — the cancellation of the 2020 Washington Town & Country Fair. Too many uncertainties, Chamber and Fair officials said in the announcement this past Friday.

Kudos to the U.S. Senate for taking needed action the past week to provide greater flexibility to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the small business rescue loan program Congress passed as part of the CARES Act in March.

A recent column under this heading was about remembering the old International Shoe Co. plant in Washington, particularly about the World War II days in the early 1940s. You might call this part two.

There was an election Tuesday. It was ignored by the vast majority of voters in Franklin County. The turnout was just over 7 percent of the registered voters.

We all know that protests can have both positive and negative impacts. The most positive impact can be to bring about change to wrongs that have been committed. The negative impact is when protests draw a criminal element that results in violence.

If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.