Memorial Day was a time to recall departed military veterans. It also was a time to recall how important veterans’ organizations are to communities.

Gov. Mike Parson decided to put Medicaid expansion on the Aug. 4 ballot in recognition of the importance of this issue for Missourians who have no health insurance and to know as soon as possible how the additional spending will affect the state budget.

Included in this edition of The Missourian is our annual graduation supplement recognizing the educational achievements of 167 area graduates from preschool to college.

People wanted out for the Memorial Day weekend and the caution needed to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus that has caused the pandemic was cast aside as a holiday mood prevailed.

There is an election Tuesday, June 2, in many jurisdictions, and the postponement from April may have made it even less appealing to voters. The turnout in this area is predicted to be between 12 and 15 percent of the registered voters, which is about an average turnout.

We published a picture in the Weekend Missourian of the start of construction at the old International Shoe Company factory on Second Street to convert it into an apartment complex. The old building, part of which dates to the early 1900s, is a warehouse of memories.

It seems like yesterday that the Missouri unemployment rate was just over 3 percent. It jumped to 9.7 percent in April, according to the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Area Memorial Day ceremonies Monday were abbreviated compared to the norm because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the ones that were held were just as meaningful in paying homage to the military personnel who down through the years have preserved our freedom.

Boards of Education across the country are faced with a tough decision. It is whether to reopen for the fall semester.

In a legislative session upended by the coronavirus, Missouri lawmakers rallied to do what they typically do: pass some important legislation, some lame legislation and whiff on a number of opportunities to make our state better.

These are tough times for higher education and the immediate forecast is a bit foggy because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 6,000 University of Missouri students will graduate this weekend in virtual celebrations that have been caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Like many Americans and journalists we have been slow in coming to believe in climate change. There is enough evidence now that we are a believer. In fact, the evidence is overwhelming.

Another bad effect from the pandemic is that state and local governments across the country have suspended public records requirements, which has denied or delayed access to information that could shed light on key government decisions.

As businesses gradually reopen and try to attract customers, there is no consensus as to whether it is too soon or the right thing to do now. There are many people who believe it’s time to reopen and probably just as many who feel the shutdown should still be in effect.

The unemployment numbers that came from the federal government revealed that the unemployment rate in April hit 14.7 percent, the highest since the Great Depression. But is it even higher?

In counting our top community assets, hospitals stand out as one of the greatest resources a city, county or state can have. The value of a hospital can’t be measured — it’s that huge!

For many, many years people have wondered if the old International Shoe Co. factory on West Second Street had a future. Shoe production stopped there in 1959-60. At one time, at its height of production, during World War II, when more than 1,000 people worked there, it was an employment cent…

People are awaiting the decision to be made soon on whether we will have the annual Washington Town and Country Fair. We should know in early June what the decision will be.

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Allied Supreme Commander in World War II, could be a man of few words. When the unconditional surrender of Germany happened May 7, 1945, at 2:41 a.m. at Allied Headquarters in Reims, France, Gen. Eisenhower asked his staff for ideas about a victory statement. H…

Ask a younger person today what V-E Day means. Over the recent decade we’ve asked that question among people 50 years old on down to recent college graduates. Most didn’t know what V-E Day means. That’s not surprising because once we asked a recent high school graduate who won World War II? …

For some time we’ve read and heard that there is a woman who predicted future pandemics in the world as far back as the 1990s. Her name is Laurie Garrett, New York, who is a prize-winning journalist/author. Frank Bruni of The New York Times wrote a column about her that was in the May 3 issue.

The word hero is being used today to describe first responders, especially nurses working in hospitals. In every sense of the word it is appropriate for all first responders because they are risking the possibility of being exposed to a carrier of COVID-19. It is especially true for the nurs…

For the first time in a decade, Missouri has a legitimate chance to pass Medicaid expansion.

The United States in its history has undergone many periods of uncertainty, but this one caused by COVID-19 may turn out to be one of the longest and most troubling. There is no end in sight for recovering from the present health crisis that shut down the nation’s economy to a point where we…

e admit to being a slow learner when it comes to a number of things, but for the life of this writer we can’t understand the Missouri General Assembly’s stance on a sales tax on products purchased via the internet.

In 2018 Missouri voters by a strong majority, 62 percent, voted for Clean Missouri, a measure to clean up abuses in the political and lobbying system in the state Capitol.

The tussle between Eureka Mayor Sean Flower and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page over lifting the stay-at-home order is indicative of the conflict that is playing out across the country right now.

There isn’t anything good that can be said about the coronavirus pandemic that we currently are enduring. It has affected just about everybody in one way or another. When you consider the deaths involved from the virus that rules out thinking about anything that is beneficial about this disease.

Joe Biden made a mistake when he indicated his running mate would be a black woman and the campaigning is underway among high profile Democrats who want to be the vice president nominee.

With rising unemployment, especially by the big corporations, some state jobless funds are near insolvency. Some states already have notified the federal government they may have to borrow billions of dollars to pay unemployment benefits.

In the history of Washington, there have been many acts of kindness but few have been as meaningful, appropriate and appreciated to the extent that has been the gift of food to co-workers at Mercy Hospital Washington.

In a move that is believed to be unprecedented, members of Congress have called for the Trump administration to help local news outlets in their home states.

There is one thing about this coronavirus pandemic, in addition to the tough decisions that have to be made, it is that confusion reigns. Which state is doing what and when — you need a scorebook to keep up with what is going on and when.

Who would have thought in January the year 2020 would look like the Great Depression years of the 1930s? It has happened in unemployment, and very quickly.

Tragic outbreaks in health care matters often lead to positive developments in the same field in meeting the challenges of curbing the spread of a disease.

As we move closer to a reopening of businesses in the state and in counties, when is the right time to do it? It’s a guessing game and there’s a gambling element to it.

We depend on China for too many products. One category is in the manufacture of prescription medicine, generic drugs and over-the-counter medications.

We are in a period of adjustment in our lives because of the COVID-19 menace to our heath.

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused more damage to Missouri’s budget as Gov. Mike Parson Monday announced that he will withhold an additional $47 million in spending as unemployment is rising and tax revenue is suffering.

There was a rush to seek funding (loans) from the Small Business Administration by small businesses and the $350 billion allocated for it as part of the federal rescue program went fast. The Payroll Protection Program was designed to keep people employed for the next two months.

It is hard to escape the doom and gloom economic dark clouds that can be found throughout the country these days. There are a few rays of optimism that break through now and then that offer hope for better times.

What would thousands of jobless Americans do if it were not for unemployment compensation?

When it comes to statistics about the death toll in China from the coronavirus, will the world ever know the truth? About 1,300 deaths from the virus were added to the total Friday from the city of Wuhan by Chinese officials.

The coronavirus, with its deadly grip on the world, is to be feared by all. Its death toll keeps climbing.

According to Quote-Wizard, Missouri has the third highest rate of millennials with underlying health conditions, with CDC data suggesting the state’s people in that age group may not be as invincible as thought to the coronavirus.

There’s no general agreement that Gov. Mike Parson’s plan to end the stay-at-home order May 3 is the right decision.

More than a few political observers are wondering what Joe Biden had to agree to in order to win the endorsement from Bernie Sanders, the man he defeated in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. The Sanders endorsement came Monday.

The many people on the front lines in the battle against coronavirus are being called heroes, which they are.

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