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Skyway/subway 109

To the Editor: It seems strange that two pedestrian passes across Hwy. 109 within such close proximity made sense to the project planners. One is a bridge (north of the south roundabout), the other a tunnel (south of the north roundabout); that doesn’t seem to give anyone a safety advantage of not having to cross the east/west-stretching roads from the roundabouts. It probably takes less than 5 minutes to walk from one crossing to the other. If we spent money like it was ours, I’ll bet we’d have neither of these, but certainly not both. Also, the new road’s pavement ...

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Unrandom Thoughts

To the Editor: • Flipping Ferguson (West Newsmagazine, Aug. 27) – How anyone could accuse Officer Wilson of executing that young man without all the evidence presented is unfathomable. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? What happened to standing beside those who are trained to protect citizens, and themselves, and who put their live on the line doing so? Apparently is is easy to do if you buy into what the media spoons feeds you, or if you are a race-baiter (like Rev. Sharpton or Attorney General Holder), or if you are the governor (and former MO Attorney General) ...

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Ferguson: An opportunity to learn from our mistakes

To the Editor: In his September 3rd opinion piece on the civil unrest in Ferguson, Mr. Sowell attempts to create a generalization that “heavily armed or aggressive police forces” are not what seed rioters, but rather suppress their tendency to riot. Unfortunately, what Mr. Sowell does not understand is that generalizations do not account for the unique dynamics of each situation that require a more calculated and proportional response. I am first to admit that I am not opposed to police forces of major metropolitan areas, such as St. Louis County, having bomb-resistent, armored vehicles, automatic weapons, etc. in their ...

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Speaking with respect

To the Editor: I am writing in response to the Letter to the Editor published in the September 3rd issue of West Newsmagazine from Monarch Fire Board member Jane Cunningham. While I am also in favor of fiscal responsibility with taxpayer dollars, as I am a taxpaying citizen residing within the Monarch Fire District area, I have observed what I feel was an immediate adversarial climate set up by this board against the firefighters of Monarch District and their representative union. I do not believe that much is ever accomplished in an adversarial climate and is likely actually counterproductive to ...

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Our Founding Fathers foresaw this event

To the Editor: With all of the local, national and international unrest, and visualizing what is happening, I started thinking about when our Nation was forming and what was going on. I “googled” the Declaration of Independence, and a small part of the second paragraph, recognizable to most, is worth printing here: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their ...

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Bravo, Thomas Sowell

To The Editor: Bravo to Thomas Sowell for taking on the DeBlasio left. My wife and I are both graduates of New York City magnet schools. She graduated from what is now the LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts. I graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. It is of interest as to how the liberal left defines minorities as African Americans and Hispanics. Are not Jews and Orientals also minorities? That these latter groups have dominated New York magnet school enrollment over the decades is, in large part, because these cultures value study and education, and ...

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Banning bullets

To the Editor: Edward James Logue, my great-grand uncle, was shot and killed in the Spanish American War, along with 236 other soldiers who died in battle; another 3,000 lost their lives to malaria. Bullets were a minor problem during the Spanish American War. In 1947, the United States successfully set out to eradicate malaria using DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane). In 1972, determining that DDT was causing cancer, the United States banned its use in agriculture. In 1982, when a lunatic put cyanide in Tylenol killing seven people in Chicago, the packaging laws were altered permanently. Recently, a citizen was shot and ...

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Thomas Sowell – Irresponsible Choices

The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people “moderately disapprove” of Barack Obama’s performance as president and 39 percent “strongly disapprove.” Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now “strongly disapprove” of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, but the real question is whether we learn from them. With many people now acting as if it is time for “a woman” to become president, apparently they have learned absolutely nothing from the disastrous results of the irresponsible self-indulgence of choosing a President of ...

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Editorial: Sumptuous September

The feasting that started with Celebrate Wildwood continues in West County this weekend as the Manchester Homecoming takes over Paul A. Schroeder Park. Oh sure, there will be carnival rides and concerts and even a pool party for your pooch, but there will also be corn dogs and funnel cakes, ice cold lemonade and cotton candy – the holy grail of carnival fare – the food you crave after being spun on a carnival ride like fruit-flavored sugar in a centrifuge. It’s fall festival season in West County and one of the benefits is undeniably the food. You might want ...

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The fire union versus us

To the Editor: In Rick Gans’ letter titled “Security Issues in Monarch” (West Newsmagazine, Aug. 20), he appropriately chastised a Monarch Fire District union captain for revealing confidential security measures to the press and even being disrespectful enough to make fun of the common sense enhancements to protect lives. Chances are if you had an employee who did that, he or she would no longer be employed. One would expect the union to respect the overwhelming mandate of the voters when they elected a board majority dedicated to serving the financial interests of the residents, but the union leaders have ...

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