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Saturday 10/03/2015
Follow The Cities
Posted: October 03, 2015

As Franklin County officials struggle with the issue of public input on zoning matters, we have a suggestion.

Citizen Committees
Posted: October 03, 2015

Revenue must be found to fund Franklin County’s dispatching services. Landline 911 tax revenue is on the decline because people use their cellphones, which are not taxed, and have discontinued the landline service.

Congratulations to Professionals
Posted: October 03, 2015

The Missourian salutes the 2015 class of Outstanding Young Professionals who were honored earlier this week by the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday 10/01/2015
Weeds Abound
Posted: October 01, 2015

Weeds are ugly! They mar many landscapes in Washington and in the county.

What Is the Appeal?
Posted: October 01, 2015

Thousands of recruits have been joining the Islamic State, including an estimated 250 Americans the past year. The volunteers have been entering Syria in increasing numbers.

How Much Is College Worth?
Posted: October 01, 2015

The ramifications of college debt are many. Recent graduates, and graduates-to-be, are saddled with so much debt that they have to put off many things in their lives that older degree-holders didn’t always have to contend with.

A House in Turmoil
Posted: October 01, 2015

Speaker of the House John Boehner looked back, saw what was ahead, and decided it was time to go. He will resign his House seat and Speaker’s position at the end of October.

Saturday 09/26/2015
Govern as an Outsider?
Posted: September 26, 2015

It came across as political reinvention, and massaged the funny bone a bit. It is something that two of the top contenders for president said recently.

American History
Posted: September 26, 2015

A Missourian reader passed on to us a publication from Hillsdale College, “Imprimis,” which published an account of a talk at the college’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr., Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., as part of the AWC Family Foundatin Lecture Series.

Pope Francis
Posted: September 26, 2015

Few heads of state, in fact few American heroes, have been given the welcome as was given to Pope Francis when he arrived for his first trip to the United States this past week.

Thursday 09/24/2015
His Mission: Governor
Posted: September 24, 2015

Eric Greitens, according to reports, is about to make it official. He’s ready to announce he will be a candidate for governor in 2016 on the Republican ticket.

Wednesday 09/23/2015
Thing to Do, but . . .
Posted: September 23, 2015

The United States will admit 30,000 more refugees from around the world annually to bring the total number to about 100,000. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the new policy over the weekend.

Tuesday 09/22/2015
Expanding the Katy
Updated: September 23, 2015 - 8:06 am

It’s one of the first of its kind in the nation and a shining jewel in the crown of Missouri’s renowned state park system.

Saturday 09/19/2015
The Veto Overrides
Posted: September 19, 2015

Gov. Jay Nixon took a hit this past week in the veto session of the General Assembly. The lawmakers knocked over 10 vetoes the governor had inked on legislation he didn’t like and didn’t think were in the best interests of Missourians.

Creates Its Own Problems . . .
Posted: September 19, 2015

The prevailing opinion is that Congress is dysfunctional. The causes are many, including its membership. Another cause is that the federal government has created its own problems by reaching out into areas where it should not be.

Posted: September 19, 2015

The Missourian staff garnered 27 awards in competition sponsored by the Missouri Press Association. The awards included nine first-place plaques.

Thursday 09/17/2015
College Grant
Posted: September 17, 2015

That $1.2 million grant to East Central College is recognition of a fact: More technical training is needed to provide a skilled workforce that is in demand and in short supply.

The Migrant Influx
Posted: September 17, 2015

Photos tell a story. What we are seeing in photos of people, many with children, fleeing from Syria and Afghanistan should move other nations into action to help these unfortunate migrants. We see photos of dozens of people clinging to life rafts and boats trying to reach another country. They are on the run because of radicals who are waging war to gain ground to establish their way of life and religious beliefs on other people.

Augusta Bottom Road Progress
Posted: September 17, 2015

Finally, the end is near for an agreement to improve the Augusta Bottom Road. Only one more signature is needed to seal the agreement. Once the final easement is obtained, Warren County officials say work on improvements will begin immediately.

Voters Are Angry
Posted: September 17, 2015

All of the candidates for president in 2016 should understand why Donald Trump is the leader in polls in the Republican race.

Saturday 09/12/2015
Road Issue Closed
Posted: September 12, 2015

Finally, the issue over ownership of the Augusta Bottom Road in southern Warren County has been put to rest.

Remembering 9/11
Posted: September 12, 2015

If there ever was a day that will live in infamy in American history, along with Dec. 7, 1941, it was Sept. 11, 2001, or as it is commonly known, 9/11. The anniversary was this past Friday of the attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the passenger plane that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania — four passenger planes that were hijacked by Islamic extremists in a brazen attack on America.

Get Vaccinated
Posted: September 12, 2015

Schools are back in session and that means the flu season is right around the corner.

Friday 09/11/2015
Inez Rohrer, Example-Setter
Posted: September 11, 2015

Inez M. Rohrer was a classic example of an old school worker in that she was dependable, had an impeccable work ethic, never complained, got along with her co-workers and, for her age, she was remarkable in the swiftness in which she performed her task. Inez died Sept. 5, 2015, at the age of 95.

Thursday 09/10/2015
Talk to Your Children
Posted: September 10, 2015

When is it safe for your child to walk alone or with a friend? It’s hard to strike the balance between allowing children some independence and ensuring their safety.

The Lady Has Guts
Posted: September 10, 2015

Kim Davis is the county clerk in Kentucky who has gone to jail because she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because it violates her religious beliefs. She believes a legal marriage is between a man and woman. For her defiant stand she is in jail.

Suspicious Action — Taking the Fifth
Posted: September 10, 2015

One of Hillary Clinton’s former aides involved in settng up her private email account for personal and professional use refused to testify at a congressional hearing last week. He claimed his Fifth Amendment rights in refusing to testify.

Up to the Media
Posted: September 10, 2015

If anything is going to be done about Missouri’s roads and bridges to fund improvements, it’s going to be up to the media to convey the message to the people. It is encouraging that the media is alert to the problem and willing to take the lead.

Saturday 09/05/2015
New Stadium
Posted: September 05, 2015

The new stadium for NFL football in St. Louis has its supporters, its opponents and some people who don’t care one way or another.

Making a Difference
Posted: September 05, 2015

The fourth annual Foodstock held in Downtown Washington was the largest one to date with 2,700 pounds of food and nearly $6,000 in cash collected. That’s a lot for a one-day event.

Missouri Bridge Crisis
Posted: September 05, 2015

The latest bad news about deteriorating bridges in Missouri makes us even more grateful about the pending construction of a new Missouri River bridge here.

Thursday 09/03/2015
Deserving Honor
Posted: September 03, 2015

Scenic Regional Library has been named the Missouri Library Association’s Library of the Year. Considering the number of libraries in the state, that’s quite an honor. We join area residents served by the library in offering congratulations to the library board and staff for earning this recognition.

School Bullying Worldwide
Posted: September 03, 2015

America isn’t the only place that bullying at schools is a problem. China also has the problem, as reported in “News China,” a magazine much like our own “Time.”

Will He Wear Out?
Posted: September 03, 2015

Donald Trump continues to lead in polls for the Republican nomination for president. We have a question: Will voters become weary of Trump?

Bridge Lighting
Posted: September 03, 2015

Lighting for the new Missouri River bridge at Washington has been a topic for some time. The special Highway 47 bridge committee has been considering lights for the new bridge for the past year. The new bridge has been an agenda item of the Washington Area Highway Transportation Committee for the past several years. Lighting has been discussed.

Saturday 08/29/2015
Share the Sales Tax
Posted: August 29, 2015

Over the last eight years, Franklin County has transferred close to $2 million to municipalities and road districts to help pay for transportation projects.

Changes Ahead in Higher Education
Posted: August 29, 2015

Will colleges and universities price themselves out of business? Will classes through the Internet be the teaching model of the future in higher education? Will higher education in its present form survive?

Enid Struckhoff
Posted: August 29, 2015

To the very end of her life, Enid Struckhoff expressed loyalty to the American Legion Auxiliary. She wrote a letter to the editor to The Missourian just days before her death. The letter was published in Wednesday’s Missourian. The letter was a historical tribute to the Washington American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 218. As usual, her letter was handwritten, and the penmanship, considering she was 93 years old, was good.

Thursday 08/27/2015
Disabled Veterans Memorial
Posted: August 27, 2015

The proposed Disabled Veterans Memorial in Union certainly has merit and is deserving of support. There is no memorial to disabled military veterans in Franklin County now.

Run, Joe, Run
Posted: August 27, 2015

There is an increasing number of Democrats who are urging Vice President Joe Biden to run against Hillary Clinton for the party’s nomination for president.

County Property Valuations
Posted: August 27, 2015

The total property valuations for tax purposes in Franklin County dropped more than 2 percent for 2015. The total for 2015 is $l.775 billion, which is a drop of $38.3 million.

Saturday 08/22/2015
The Killing Roads
Posted: August 22, 2015

As of Aug. 17, there have been 519 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes this year. That is a 13 percent increase over the same period last year, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Dress Code Not the Problem
Posted: August 22, 2015

As state lawmakers weigh in on how to improve the Missouri House intern policy following allegations of sexual harassment, one early idea is establishing an intern dress code.

Tensions High in North, South Korea
Posted: August 22, 2015

Is what is going on in Korea just another minor clash along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), or is it a serious outbreak that could lead to a major conflict?

Can't Help But Wonder . . .
Posted: August 22, 2015

It’s of interest to Franklin County residents that a St. Louis County municipality, Ellisville, has authorized police there to use rifles to reduce the growing deer population. Will that course of action come to Franklin County, which is much more rural but has somewhat the same problem with deer?

Thursday 08/20/2015
"The Do-Nothing State!"
Posted: August 20, 2015

While Missouri is a Do-Nothing State in meeting transportation needs, others are moving ahead regardless of what the Feds are doing — which is chiefly not much long-term.

Our Officers at Risk
Posted: August 20, 2015

With the second wave of Ferguson protests marking the anniversary of the police shooting of a black teen — who assaulted and robbed a store clerk and then assaulted an officer when he attempted to detain him — there’s been a renewed, and ongoing, focus on the actions of police in such situations.

Political Witch Hunt?
Posted: August 20, 2015

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill’s defense of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton falls short of vindicating her fellow Democrat in the email-server scandal. Sen. McCaskill has called the investigation into Clinton’s action a political witch hunt.

Commonsense Ruling
Posted: August 20, 2015

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that college football players can’t form a union. It was a commonsense ruling.

Saturday 08/15/2015
Weaker, Falling Behind
Posted: August 15, 2015

With a commander in chief who believes in leading from behind, this country’s military continues on the path of being a second-class power, and the American people do not have the protection they once had in a world that may be more dangerous than ever before.