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Letters to the Editor: April 18

In regard to ‘Time for a new Valley view ‘

To the Editor:

No matter how you look at it, Topgolf is not beautiful. Not only is it not pleasing to the eye, it is painful to look at.

No one says “it looks good.” The best thing anyone says is that “it’s not too bad.”

Is that what we want for Chesterfield – “not too bad”?

Is the “new Valley view” like what you see on a drive down St. Charles Rock Road?

The Carvana Vending Machine is more of the same.

Does destroying our area so that we can provide more tax revenue to others make sense? Sad.

Ron Jung

Maturity in thinking is not based on age

To the Editor:

My letter is in reference to the Letters to the Editor in the April 4 edition of West Newsmagazine. The letters published in that edition expressed rigid attitudes toward a) the need for reasonable gun control in our society, b) the Planned Parenthood Agency, and c) the issue of abortion rights.

Those letters indicate a refusal to accept the facts of the NRA leadership lobbying politicians in order to control their agenda. It is an agenda that refuses to clarify the difference between rights to own guns and reasonable safe gun controls.

Those same letters also lack a clear understanding and respect for what Planned Parenthood does for the health of many families, as well as standing up for women’s reproduction rights – which should not be anyone’s political “football” to kick about.

I ask that people please consider the point that maturity in one’s thinking is certainly not based on one’s age.

Finally, I am not personally insulted by Mr. Stenger’s recent television ad. Just because one chose to vote Donald Trump into office did not change who the man was nor how he continues to operate.

Paula Hertel

In support of Article 5

To the Editor:

I have written several letters to the editor before, all lamenting the ridiculous ability of the federal government to exist on an infinite money supply, which in the end creates inflation, however conveniently masked by the government, and widens the gap between the average citizen and the wealthy bankers.

I am hearing today that the president will sign the latest omnibus spending bill, which passed the House and Senate, underscoring the fact that neither party is interested in having a federal government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Both parties only are interested in maintaining power and are out of control.

There is a possible way to force the government to stop spending taxpayer money without our approval and to curb the overreach of the federal government. It will not come through the process of elections as we are never able to elect enough honest people who, when united, can produce the change responsible citizens desire. Even if we could, the result would be temporary, as the next elected Congress, Senate and president could simply revert back to the status quo.

Our Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, placed Article 5 in the constitution whereby the states could unite to address grievances with the federal government, by amending the constitution. I am joining that effort and I encourage all Americans everywhere to do the same.

There are two organizations that currently exist who are pursuing this effort. The first is seeking a balanced budget amendment to the constitution, which would force the government to spend only what it takes in, in taxes. The second is petitioning the states to exercise Article 5 to place fiscal restrictions on the government. The balanced budget people [bba4usa.org] have 28 of the necessary 34 states already in line to call the convention under Article 5. Only six more are needed. The fiscal restraint people [conventionofstates.com] have 18 states in line, requiring 16 more states to agree.

I encourage all Americans out there, if you care about liberty, and are tired of politics, to join one of these organizations and get involved. Donating to political parties and individuals is a waste of your money. Trying to effect change through elections is an endless black hole where our limited resources are trying to compete with an institution that has an infinite supply of money.

It is time to exercise our liberties and rights that the Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, placed in the constitution. Expect a fight. The powers that be will do their best to block any such effort. If we unite, we have the ability to make a difference. Who is with me?

Jeffrey Waller

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