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Regarding Ellisville development

To the Editor: Wonder how much money it would take to entice enough businesses, and subsidize them if necessary, to revitalize the core business district of Ellisville? I am guessing that $10 million would be only a drop in the bucket. We now are treated to the election celebration of  how “We stuck it to Walmart.” We denied those rich Waltons that $10 million. Expect to see that slogan again every election in the future. Walmart is really about creating a “destination” – a reason for large numbers of people to decide to travel to their locations. That is the ...

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Voices from newsmagazinenetwork.com

In reply to “ Enacting Article V of the U.S. Constitution,” Letters to the Editor, West Newsmagazine, July 9, Bill Walker wrote: “Mr. Mareing gives excellent reasons to hold a convention. However, his information is incorrect. For example he suggests only a few states have filed applications for a convention call by Congress. You can read the 746 applications from 49 states at www.foavc.org. The states reached the two-thirds mark required by the Constitution on Friday, March 13, 1908. Isn’t it about time people started asking Congress to do what is required and call the convention?” • • • In ...

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Responding to “Ellisville Development”

To the Editor:  I was not surprised by the response about the Ellisville development and Walmart, by Mary Dust and apparently every other Ellisville resident (Letter to the Editor, West Newsmagazine, July 23). But I must correct the misconceptions about the TIF. Walmart was not going to receive a dime of the TIF. I would like to enlighten the anti-Walmart folks. First, if the sales tax at Walmart was 8 percent, then a portion of that tax – let’s say 1 percent – would have been paid out over time to the builder (a local company that uses local labor) ...

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Dog days of summer

To the Editor: If you have covered this, it probably still bears repeating. Dogs cannot be left in cars in warm weather. Recently I parked next to a black SUV with a dog left in it while the owners ate breakfast. Every time I go to Manchester Walmart I find at least one dog in a car. People in West County should know this by now, but they don’t – dogs cannot be left in cars in warm weather. Please reinforce this message. Linda Clay  

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Applauding Gov. Perry

To the Editor: I applaud Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-Texas) decision to send the Texas National Guard to augment the U.S. border patrol, which is overwhelmed by a massive influx of illegal aliens crossing our southern border and hamstrung by the lack of support from our national government. Without the support of the federal government this will cost the citizens of Texas millions of dollars. Under normal circumstances – had the Texas guard’s deployment been initiated by President Obama –this would be an expense shared by every American taxpayer. But because of the president’s inaction Gov. Perry acted, and thus ...

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Not better together

To the Editor: The article “Are We Better Together” by Dan Fox in the July 9 issue of West Newsmagazine was very interesting. It showed that when Louisville, Kentucky, combined with Jefferson County in 2003 it resulted in a savings of $700,000 per year. That sounds like a lot of money until you divide it among the 694,784 residents and find that it saved less than $1.01 per person. If St. Louis City and County ever merge I hope my city (Wildwood) can secede from St. Louis County and annex to Franklin County. David Peterson Wildwood  

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Protect your constitutional rights

We have a federal government that chooses which laws they will abide by and which laws they will ignore. Yet we as citizens are expected to abide by every law and regulation, even those that are in violation of our US Constitution. Federal agencies are ignoring our Constitution and targeting those who disagree with the current administration. Congress passes 200 to 300 new laws every year but federal agencies issue 3,000 or more new regulations each year. HHS on the so-called affordable health care act alone has issued 11,000 pages of new regulations. We have a government that is simply ...

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Ellisville development

To the Editor: Ellisville resident Robert Kerr’s criticism of our Economic Development Commission is not shared by the rest of us residents. Walmart was only coming to Ellisville if we taxpayers gave them over $10 million in tax increment financing. Other businesses, including the “mom and pop” ones, did not get a dime from Ellisville. How long would his idea of the increase in sales tax collection take to offset that over $10 million taxpayer freebie to Walmart? As for that Tri-Star Mercedes-Benz dealership closer to Wildwood, why would Ellisville need a city hall that far out in an oversized ...

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Regarding Common Core

To the Editor: Wow! Your June 25 issue had two powerful articles. Tricia Reichardt’s Letter to the Editor, “Common Core: The real stealth jihad,” was a knockout description of how Common Core lowers the learning bar. Overwhelm, Overpower, and Overtake were three detailed sections describing destruction of each child’s unique talents to follow distant strangers’ agenda. Parents’ protests are ignored. No law was passed, just “executive-style” orders from CEOs and the White House. As a retired teacher, I also loved reading the cover story, “Fanning the Flames of Success – Parkway School District is poised to ignite a spark for ...

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Has World War III begun?

To the Editor: How are we going to know when World War III has begun? I mean the non-nuclear WW3. Does it start with the capture of Crimea by Russians? Does it start with the Chinese military declaring its dominance over Japanese, Philippine and Vietnamese islands in the South and East China Seas? Does it start with poison gas used against civilians in Syria? Does it start with radical Muslim ISIS combat troops capturing a large part of Syrian and Iraqi territory? Does it start with the capture of 300 school girls in Nigeria? Does it start with the kidnapping ...

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