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Voters to decide on transportation sales tax

On July 9, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a list containing $4.8 billion worth of transportation-related construction projects. On Aug. 5, voters will decide if those projects will receive the funding needed to see them through to fruition.

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News Briefs: Resident seeks speed control on Hanna Road

MANCHESTER Resident seeks speed control on Hanna Road Manchester aldermen on July 8 heard but took no action on a proposal from David Ritchey, a resident of Hanna Bend Court, for a double-fine zone to deter speeders and other motorists who he said routinely fail to honor stop signs on Hanna Road between Manchester and Big Bend roads. “What can I do to stop their traffic violations?” Ritchey asked the board. “This is fast becoming a high-traffic area.” Ritchey, who has a hearing impairment, said speeders and stop sign violators are a danger to others, especially to children and the ...

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Total Recall

Think about this for a second: In 2013, there were 45 percent more cars recalled than there were cars sold. Over the past decade, recalls are up 4 percent while sales are down 10 percent. This year automakers will easily eclipse a rather dubious mark and surpass 2004’s record of 30 million total cars recalled. Most famously, GM has issued 45 recalls so far this year, totaling more than 28 million cars. The auto industry as a whole is only expected to sell 16 million cars this year. So what gives? What is the cause of the skyrocketing number of ...

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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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Thomas heads to Texas to play in U.S. Junior Amateur

Chesterfield’s Frankie Thomas will tee it up bright and early Monday (July 21) morning. It will be a big day for him. Thomas, who will be a junior this fall at Marquette, begins play at 8:20 a.m. in the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. It will be his debut on the USGA scene. The tournament will be played at The Club at Carlton Woods, in The Woodlands, Texas. The Nicklaus-designed course will play to a par-72 and cover 7,284 yards. Thomas qualified for the USGA event recently at Old Hickory Golf Club. Thomas shot a a 3-under 69 in Round ...

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Monarch captain given two days suspension by Board of Directors

Monarch Captain and Local IAFF 2665 Union Shop Steward Chris Gelven has been suspended for two shift days after a 3-0 vote by the Board of Directors. Gelven was brought before the Monarch Board of Directors on July 10 for making statements in April to local media outlets regarding security measures for the Board’s meeting room. “The issue was we don’t want, nor should anyone desire, that personnel attempt to divulge security protocols to the public,” Board President Robin Harris said. At the time, Gelven said the Board had chosen to line the wall in front of the Board Member’s seats ...

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Thomas Sowell – Lawsuits and Impeachment

Whenever Democrats are in real trouble politically, the Republicans seem to come up with something new that distracts the public’s attention from the Democrats’ problems. Who says Republicans are not compassionate? With public opinion polls showing President Obama’s sinking approval rate, in the wake of his administration’s multiple fiascoes and scandals — the disgraceful treatment of veterans who need medical care, the Internal Revenue Service coverups, the tens of thousands of children flooding across our open border — Republicans have created two new distractions that may yet draw attention away from the Democrats’ troubles. From the Republican establishment, Speaker of ...

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