Cover art questioned

To the Editor: With almost 30 out of the 68 profiled businesses with women as sole-owners or quoted directors, your cover illustration shows only male images. In 2014. Really? Lynne Gronefeld Creve Coeur

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In favor of the Lafayette greenhouse

To the Editor:  Speaking as a soon-to-be senior at Lafayette this fall, I approve of any plans to institute a greenhouse. Such a resource would be fully utilized to enrich the entire Lafayette community. I, myself, have learned many skills and gained experience in various areas via practical arts courses offered at Lafayette. I would appreciate the availability of even more practical learning. If Mr. Shaughnessy’s findings are met with approval from the Rockwood School District Board of Education, the attached greenhouse will greatly benefit the school, the students and the community. Ian Greenwood  

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Responding to ‘Border Madness’

To the Editor: Here he goes again. Thomas Sowell in “Bordering on Madness” (West Newsmagazine, July 30) bemoans our lack of immigration policy and yet Republicans have refused to bring immigration reform to the table. They have blocked every effort to do so. President Obama has greatly increased border security but it takes money and the House has refused again to fund increased border patrols. We cannot place a border guard every 10 feet. The great wall has been breached by smugglers time and again. Deportations are up and have been vastly increased under Obama. Sowell apparently accuses recent immigrants ...

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Regarding ‘Applauding Gov. Perry’

To the Editor: The border madness is without a doubt a national disgrace. It is a moral failure that belies belief!! Children sent by desperate parents hundreds of miles alone with no food, money or an adult. We have to make some hard choices, painful as they might be. However Mr. Stoeffler’s solution (“Letters to the Editor,” West Newsmagazine, July 30) is so absurd its makes me laugh. Missouri is never going to provide money or allow the National Guard to be deployed. Stoeffler reminds me of  a modern day “Man of LaMancha” dreaming the impossible dream. This theme is ...

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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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Missouri finishes third in women’s Fore State Championship

Team Missouri finished third in the Fore State Championship hosted by Oklahoma at the Shangri-La Resort on Grand Lake. Oklahoma finished in first place with 15 points, while second-place Arkansas had 12 points. Third place Missouri 11 points and defending Champions Kansas finishing fourth with 10 points. This is the ninth win for Oklahoma. Missouri has won six titles, Arkansas three titles and Kansas has two. Arkansas will host the 2015 Fore State Championship. In the final round, singles matches between Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas where held. The day began with Oklahoma having 9 points, Missouri 6 points, and ...

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Riordan leads Metropolitan Amateur championship by two strokes over Berkmeyer

Patrick Riordan had an almost flawless round to open the 24th Metropolitan Amateur on Thursday at Westwood Country Club. Riordan had seven birdies on his card to go with a lone double-bogey on the ninth hole to fire a 5-under 66. “I was kind of rolling until (No.) nine, doubled nine, turned the corner and settled down,” Riordan said describing his round. “Birdies the two par 5s, kept it rolling and birdied 18 to finish.” Skip Berkmeyer, the 2009 champion, is two strokes back after opening with a 68. “68 is a good start, you can always shoot yourself out ...

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Parkway takes 20 percent of speech and debate state titles

Parkway schools brought home three of the 15 state championship titles at the recent State Speech and Debate Tournament at the University of Missouri. Under the leadership of West High’s Cara Borgsmille-Hurst, Keerthi Gondi and Laura Santangelo won policy debate, while Noreen Webster won original oratory. In addition, Yasmin Younis took eighth in dramatic interpretation and Gondi also took sixth in international extemporaneous speaking. Under the leadership of South High’s Mike Hachmeister, Mark Kozeny and Omar Abdel-Hamid, Brian Cheng and Jay Patel took first place in public forum debate, winning the 10th Speech and Debate State Championship in Parkway South ...

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Lindenwood football to appear on CBS Sports Network this fall

The Lindenwood football Lions will get a prime-time chance to showcase their skills to the entire nation when the Lions play in a nationally televised game during the 2014 season. That televised game, which will appear on CBS Sports Network, highlights the Lions 2014 home schedule. Lindenwood will play host to Missouri Western on Sept. 25 at Harlen C. Hunter Stadium. The game will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools and will be shown nationally on the CBS Sports Network. Also, it will mark the second time that Lindenwood has appeared on national television with the other appearance ...

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Girls on the Run participants

The St. John School Girls on the Run team, captained by Jen Baker, ran their 5K downtown on May 10 with 9,000 other GOTR participants, the largest in the country. Baker, Angie Birk, Maria Clement, Deb Mayer, and Erin Shidner served as volunteer leaders at the event. The Girls on the Run team also received an Honorable Mention from the Bill & Amy Koman Award for Excellence in Community Service for making cards for sick children in local hospitals to boost their spirits.  

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