Few would argue that we are in a strange time due to the coronavirus threat that is engulfing the world, causing much illness, quarantines, hospitalizations and deaths. The virus has disrupted normal life, changed working conditions and resulted in deep divisions of opinion as to which preca…

We have been impressed with U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt’s advocacy for health care — particularly mental health care — for some time.

It’s easy to dismiss Gov. Parson’s special session on violent crime, which concluded this past week, as a bust.

Last week, Goldman Sachs, a major Wall Street investment bank, updated its index of economic activity for the country. It calculated the index at 72 — that economic activity has hit 72 percent of the pre-COVID level — citing “back-to-normal” metrics, including app downloads, spending data, T…

The City of Union could spend up to $30,000 to survey and relocate freshwater mussels in the Bourbeuse River before it starts construction on a planned $12 million Union Expressway. The road project includes a new bridge over the Bourbeuse.

Most things change over the years. One that hasn’t is the Franklin County Area United Way’s core mission. What was true in the 1950s for the United Way still holds true in 2020.

It’s a presidential election year and there are reports making the rounds about what the candidates said in the past, aimed at showing they are unfit for the presidency.

This is a tough time to be a police officer. Recent cases of police misconduct have caused the profession to be maligned and have catapulted the country into violent protests.

With 52 days until the Nov. 3 election, the claims and accusations by politicians are flying.

National political pundits have been commenting on an anchor that is pulling Joe Biden down in his presidential race against President Donald Trump. It is his weakness in bowing to the radical element in the Democratic Party, and the fear of the influence it will exert on him if he resides i…

There are promising indications that a COVID-19 vaccine could be ready by the end of the year. That has spurred a debate on which Americans should receive the first doses.

A recent survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the current state of the mental health of adults in the U.S. shows a marked increase in anxiety/depressive disorders, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts related to the COVID-19 crisis. The study found that ind…

In a community that prides itself on civic leadership, one need not look further than Don Means for an exemplar. His life and career were marked by integrity and service.

The coronavirus pandemic is leaving its mark on the restaurant industry.

Don Means was a visionary who had a strong sense of responsibility and always persevered to complete a mission.

Every crisis inspires scam artists who view it as an opportunity to make a fast buck from unsuspecting victims.

Not much has been written by state and local press on the upcoming race for control of the U.S. Senate. Perhaps that’s because Missouri has no Senate race on the ballot this year. The senior senator from Missouri, Roy Blunt, has a term that ends in 2023. Josh Hawley’s term expires in January 2025.

The internet has many positive benefits but as with any technology, there can be drawbacks. One is the misinformation that it distributes, and the fact too many people believe most of what is transmitted through the internet.

Joe Biden finally made forceful statements on “law and order” Sunday and Monday.

Washington’s riverfront is growing in popularity. It is an especially attractive destination when the weather cooperates. Even on a very hot day there’s always a refreshing breeze along the river.

Editorial writers for more years than the memory recalls have been writing editorials about the importance of voting in a democracy. In too many elections the turnout is a low percentage of the registered voters.

The Franklin County Area United Way is having a campaign this year.

This week I would like to return to a topic we have written about several times in the past two months: the importance of participating in our democracy.

Thousands of Americans across the country turned out over the weekend to participate in organized “Save the Post Office” rallies.

A national survey by WalletHub, the personal-finance website, found that State Technical College of Missouri at Linn is the best community college in the United States to receive the best eduction at the cheapest rates.

Since I joined The Missourian as publisher/editor over two months ago, we have published many stories on the uncertainty our readers face in these days of extraordinary health and economic challenges.

Often heard is that the study of history places too much emphasis on dates when important events occurred. Most countries publicize and observe dates when important and significant happenings took place that played a part in shaping their history.

“Business Is Rolling on the River(s).”

It has been one of the most troubling decisions school boards and administrators have ever faced — what to do about opening schools, and how to conduct classes during the pandemic.

It didn’t compare with past Washington Town & Country Fair Blue Ribbon Livestock auctions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year’s revised event was better than not holding one at all. The fair board and livestock committee deserve credit for staging the best possible livestock show…

There was a time when Republican Party orthodoxy held dear the belief that local control is best.

It usually is not that visible, but as Gov. Mike Parson pointed out, military spending in Missouri is significant and very important to our economy. The most recent economic numbers he released, based on the 2018 fiscal year, will be an eye-opener to some Missourians.

Life isn’t fair.

It’s not easy being a law enforcement officer these days. In fact, it’s probably never been harder than it is right now.

Congress will leave for its August recess Friday and at this writing a new economic stimulus bill still has not been approved.

There’s not much excitement about Tuesday’s primary election in Franklin County. Tim Baker, county clerk and chief election official, predicts only about 26 percent of registered voters will bother to cast ballots.

History is not going to look kindly on the way America responded to COVID-19. As the greatest nation on earth, with bountiful resources and the smartest scientists and health experts, we are fumbling the pandemic badly.

While the mask mandate rages locally, the size and shape of the next stimulus package is dominating the debate in our country’s Capitol.

Every candidate for president of the United States has faced strategy questions, especially in sending a message that resonates with people, and Joe Biden is no different.

Over a quarter of Missouri’s major roads are in poor condition, according to a new study that examined states with the worst roads.

Monday, July 27, 2020, is the 67th anniversary of the ceasefire in Korea. The anniversary isn’t remembered by many Americans, but for those in the military at that time, especially the troops on the front lines, the date has much meaning and stimulates many memories.

As we enter the final week before the primary election Aug. 4, interest appears to be ho-hum. The coronavirus pandemic, the recent surge in cases regionally and the controversy over face masks are grabbing all the attention.

It’s hard to watch the civil unrest in Portland. It’s equally hard to watch the federal response which has seriously exacerbated the problem.

The Washington City Council is considering an increase in municipal water rates.

U.S. voters tend to pick their presidents based on a few national issues.

Small, independent businesses and family farms have been hit particularly hard by the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In two weeks, Missouri voters will decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to more of our state’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens.

We live in a world of uncertainty, but that’s always been the case. In our lifetimes there always have been periods of unpredictability about the future.

It makes absolute sense to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle. That’s not up for debate.

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