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Keep your change

To the Editor: Why is it that when they do not like something, liberals always want it to change to suit their perspective? Now along comes Mr. Summers (“Time for a more even perspective,” West Newsmagazine, Oct. 29)  who doesn’t like the conservative tilt of West Newsmagazine and wants less “far-right” content I say to Mr. Summers, if you don’t like it, don’t read it. Do you ask the Post-Dispatch, to include less “far left” content? How about MSNBC? I do not care for their content so I do not read or listen to them – well, I will listen ...

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The gift of life

To the Editor: I just want to thank “A grateful double-lung transplant” for his message (West Newsmagazine, Nov. 22). My mother-in-law (who is now deceased) received a double-lung transplant in 2000 from a young girl (age 15) from Washington state. We have been lucky enough to meet the parents of the girl and her grandparents and have formed a very loving relationship. Thank you for not only bringing awareness to a great cause (organ donation), but for thanking your donor. It is a sad thing that one life must be lost to help another, but bless the people that donate, ...

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Thomas Sowell – Who Wants War?

Some pundits are saying that President Obama has been floundering in his response to the ISIS crisis because public opinion polls show most Americans don’t want another war. In all my 84 years, I cannot recall a time when most Americans wanted war. That is something we should be proud of. But wars are not always optional. Even World War II — which some have called “the good war” — was not something that most Americans wanted. But the Japanese took that decision out of our hands when they bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. And Hitler removed any ...

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Editorial: Ferguson affects us all

It was difficult to watch the outburst that was the Sept. 16 St. Louis County Council meeting and not have a strong reaction to it. Protestors from Ferguson filled the room. For two hours they ranted and raved as the council sat – mostly in silence. The wrath of the protestors was largely directed at Steve Stenger, the Democratic candidate for St. Louis County Executive. At one point, St. Louis activist Anthony Shahid approached the dais and came uncomfortably close to Stenger. Hangmen’s nooses around his neck, Shahid made demands of Stenger, but would not let him speak. Whether you ...

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Managing ISIS

To the Editor: I find it both outrageous and humorous in a macabre sort of way that President Obama’s idea of dealing with ISIS or ISIL is to “manage” them. Really? Consider if you had cancer and your doctor told you he was going to “manage” it instead of going all out to kill every cancer cell before it metastasizes.You would stomp out of his office and find another doctor who understands how to deal with this killer disease. Substitute ISIS or ISIL for cancer and Obama for the doctor who would “manage” this and you will plainly see that ...

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Declaring war

To the Editor: Why is it so hard to “declare” war on ISIS (or ISIL)? Hell, we declare war on everything else. There’s the war on women, the war on the wealthy, the war on poverty, the war on religion, and the war on Christmas. We declare war on everything but the enemy of our nation. And why do so many people casually use the term “war”? What happens with war? Sure, heroes arise in war, sometimes there’s gallantry, and true leadership is exposed in war. But mostly, war leaves dead and mangled bodies. It’s destructive, it’s violent, it’s scary, ...

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Police misconduct

To the Editor: It is a fact that a problem will never be solved if it is not clearly identified and understood. The killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the subsequent protests and demonstrations resulted in widespread media coverage, including international coverage. However, this was not an isolated event. Around that period police killed unarmed African-American males in St. Louis, California, Ohio and New York, most with multiple gunshots. There is a historical pattern of police in the U. S. killing unarmed African-American males. Most of the time the killings are found to be justified and there are no ...

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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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