More human beings died as a result of abortions worldwide than any other cause of death in 2019, according to statistics compiled by Worldometers, the Christian News reported in its latest issue.

It has become a tradition in the short period of five years. We are referring to the Washington Naval JROTC program and Military Ball, which will be held at the KC Hall Saturday, Feb. 1.

From what Missourian reporters can learn, Franklin County has problems in its circuit and municipal courts system. The main problem appears to be understaffing in the prosecutor’s office and in the court system. The Missourian has published stories about the backlog of cases and understaffing.

Members of the Missouri General Assembly this session will try to disable Amendment 1, the Clean Missouri reform act passed by voters last year. Amendment 1 passed statewide by a 62 percent majority.

The Kansas City Chiefs football team’s trip to the Super Bowl is something to be proud of for all Missourians, many of whom changed their pro football allegiance to the Chiefs from the Rams when that team left St. Louis for Los Angeles. From now until the Super Bowl Feb. 2, Missouri will rec…

It is an accepted fact that with an increase of population there also is an increase in crime. And that means more money has to be spent for law enforcement.

A Franklin County family has been waiting three years for a murder suspect to be brought to trial. There has been one delay after another in the murder trial process that has been unfair not only to the family but also to the suspect who remains in the county jail. Of course, often it is the…

This nation has heard the fairness call ever since the impeachment movement took shape. The simple fact is there is no fairness in politics. The fairness issue depends on which side you are on and one’s views.

As for anything new, and a change in what was, people are wondering about the future of medical marijuana in Missouri and in Franklin County. There are many questions and in time most will be answered.

Gov. Mike Parson in his State of the State speech offered a plan to combat violent crime in the state, and at the same time reaffirmed his support for gun rights. The crime issue and his call for a new state savings plan highlighted his speech Wednesday to members of the General Assembly.

The new rezoning code for Franklin County was approved by the county commission as expected. Even though a large crowd of 50 or more people attended the commission meeting to protest the rezoning of the county, all three commissioners voted for it.

America has its problems but nothing like what is happening in Iran, where the government is under fire for accidentally shooting down that Ukrainian passenger plane, killing all 176 people on board, just after takeoff from Tehran.

The Area Development magazine tells readers much about the economy, industrial development and education that are tied to jobs. It keeps up with economic development on the states. A story we found interesting in this era of emphasis on technical training has to do with the value of a colleg…

Tracking rainfall in this area to establish a trend is hardly a proven science since the yearly totals aren’t that revealing. In the past, yearly rainfall totals were more consistent than in this era.

There is a tremendous economic impact from the annual Washington Town and Country Fair but most of all it brings the Washington community and its rural neighbors together like no other event.

Socialist Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders reported that he raised $34.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Rival candidate Joe Biden reported his campaign raised $22.7 million in the fourth quarter.

When the mayor of St. Louis announced that the Lambert International Airport privatization proposal was dead, other plans were sure to be proposed.

The city of St. Louis has many problems but none is bigger than its murder rate. It has a reputation as one of the most dangerous cities in the country because of its homicides.

With the Franklin County Commission poised to act on a new zoning code, and with approval expected, thoughts have emerged to ensure all county property owners have protection for their property values.

We hear quite a lot about cold cases being solved on the national level, but it’s rare when one occurs in Franklin County. In the Weekend Missourian, we carried a story by staff member Gregg Jones about the cold case that led to the arrest of a suspect in a 1987 murder that occurred in the c…

One of the best things we can look forward to in 2020 is the end of the impeachment saga in Congress. We hope the Senate does not drag out the Trump trial after three months of the inquiry in the House that brought the impeachment allegations.

There is one 2020 prediction that we hope never happens. Kevin Low, a National Weather Service hydrologist with the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center, said the outlook is grim that there will be major flooding of the Missouri River in the spring.

It is an evil for which there seems to be no solution for ending it — mass shootings in the United States. This past year mass shootings occurred at the highest level since records were kept.

The leaders in North Korea and China are next to impossible to deal with because you can’t trust them. President Donald Trump thought he could build trust between the countries, but he has found it can’t be done. They cling to their agendas and while it may appear progress has been made at t…

We keep in touch with Benedictine College (formerly St. Benedict’s College) in Atchison, Kansas, through its excellent publications. My first two years of college were at St. Benedict’s and that’s where I learned to study. They gave you one semester to make a certain grade average and if you…

Missouri doesn’t compare to many states in federal government spending for defense, but our state does better than average. Sen. Roy Blunt, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, announced what is in funding bills for Missouri for defense and military construction.

The majority of drivers on Missouri roads can text while they drive and no law is broken even though it’s a deadly hazard.

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see yourself as a child of God? It can be difficult to look in the mirror and know the person looking back isn’t perfect. The good news is that perfection is not a prerequisite. Following Jesus is not about never messing up, but about how, …

The Christmas story foreshadows events to come, revealing Jesus’ reason for coming among us.

Luke 1:68-70 ( NIV): “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago)…”

Ryan Grenoble, in the January 2013 edition of the Huffington Post, reported on the journey of Sabine Moreau, a 67-year-old Belgian woman, who was driving to pick up a friend in Brussels, about 90 miles from her home. But based on the faulty directions she got from her GPS, she drove all the …

I have good news for you. Don’t you just love it when someone comes up to you and says that? I have good news for you, especially on Christmas! At this time of year good news usually comes in the form of a gift. Perhaps your heart starts to beat just a little stronger, a smile comes upon you…

It was 1983. I was serving my first congregation. We were expecting our first child. It was our first Christmas out of college, and we were eager to be with family to celebrate.

His life should have been snuffed out early on, near the very beginning; a helpless infant before Herod’s anger and raging response.

Merry Christmas!

As the Advent and Christmas season begin, I am having difficulty feeling hopeful, peaceful or joyful. Perhaps you feel the same way that I do.

Former President Barack Obama implied at a private event in Singapore that the male front-runners from both parties should step aside for a female candidate.

Safety of patients always is a goal for hospitals. Mercy Hospital Washington places a high priority on safety of patients and has been recognized again for its emphasis on protecting patients.

With many years of experience, the Missourian In Education program has proven that a newspaper is a great teaching tool. There is no question that the success of the program is the result of the teachers who embrace it. The Missourian’s 2019 Teacher of the Year exemplifies everything that is…

We were about to write a column about Missouri not being a leader in industrial expansion when the announcement came that General Motors plans to invest $1.5 billion in its plant at Wentzville.

President Donald Trump likes the tariffs/sanctions weapons in his arsenal when it comes to negotiations with other countries, especially China, North Korea, Russia and others.

Residents of Franklin County should be grateful for its leaders of the past who had the vision to see what was needed for the general welfare of the people, and who took required actions to prepare for growth.

The Better Business Bureau always is alert to scams, especially at this time of the year. It does a good job of issuing warnings about scams. One in particular that caught The Missourian’s eye was a warning during the holiday season about puppy scams.

Whoever thought factory floors would be filled with college graduates, doing work once done by workers with high school diplomas, or school dropouts.

House Democrats, as expected, will vote soon to impeach President Donald Trump, and the case will move early in 2020 to the Senate for a trial, where the president probably will emerge as the winner.

We are not so naive as to believe that everything our government tells us is the truth. In fact, our government has been lying to us for most of the 18 years we have been engaged in the Afghanistan War.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt has defended the saying of a prayer before and after high school football games, and has blasted a foundation that criticized the Cameron R-l School District and its coaches for allowing prayer.

President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the government will review policies governing training of foreign military personnel after the shootings at the Naval Air Station at Pensacola in which three American sailors were shot fatally inside a classroom.

Citizens of Washington need to pay close attention to an issue the city is dealing with at the present time. It has to do with trash collections and recycling of throwaways.

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