Recent news stories have discussed various options for the double-deck Interstate 229 bridge that skirts St. Joseph’s riverfront. The state is concerned about rising maintenance costs, while some drivers are bothered by the elevation and would prefer a road at ground level.

The coming week brings Thanksgiving – one of my favorite holidays – along with Black Friday. Online sales in recent years have diminished the latter event, but it still brings out many shoppers.

Visit the St. Jo Frontier Casino these days and you’ll find yourself inside a building that seems as regular as, well, any building in town.

When you think of that big limestone building on the southeast corner of Eighth and Edmond streets, what name comes to mind? The Downtown Post Office? Or the Federal Building?

A recent News-Press story reported that the United Way of Greater St. Joseph was beginning its 2021 campaign and had set a goal of $2.4 million. It made me think of 1974, the first year I covered the campaign as a new member of the News-Press cityside staff.

Last week, in our look at much-loved St. Joseph restaurants that are no more, we examined the Jerre-Anne Cafeteria and the Tik-Tok. This followed a column a few weeks ago that profiled Wyatt’s Cafeteria, Boston Market and the Bucket Shop.

A few weeks ago I wrote about three of my favorite restaurants that had closed between 1988 and 1999, the 11 years I was away from St. Joseph. Several people told me they liked the topic, but I shouldn’t stop there.

Last week we talked about a move by President Harry Truman that proved popular and effective: the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II. Today’s topic deals with a Truman action that may have been effective — but popular? Hardly.