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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St. Peters Rec Plex to host ‘Try Skating for Free’ class

Have you ever wondered if you could learn how to ice skate? The St. Peters Rec-Plex is hosting “Try Skating for Free” at the Rec-Plex North Rink on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Participating skaters can try the Rec-Plex’s Intro to Ice Skating class followed by 30 minutes of open skating with lights, music and games. Classes will be taught by certified Rec-Plex instructors. Skate rental is provided. To participate, register in advance at the Rec-Plex. Reservations are required as space is limited. The fall semester of Learn to Skate classes at the Rec-Plex will begin on Saturday, Sept. ...

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River City falls to Schaumburg in game two of championship series

  There would be no late-inning magic for the River City Rascals in game 2 of the Frontier League championship series. On Sunday night (Sept. 15), the Rascals fell 6-2 to the Schaumburg (Il.) Boomers at T. R. Hughes Ballpark. A three-run homer off the bat of Schaumburg’s Gerard Hall in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and helped the Boomers square the series at one game each. Hall’s second homer of the playoffs drove home Tony Delmonico and Mark Nelson, who had reached base on Rascals reliever Patrick Crider as those runs gave the Boomers the winning edge. ...

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Port earns medalist honors at U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

Ellen Port fired a 2-under-par 71 Sunday for a 36-hole total of 2-under 144 to earn stroke-play medalist honors at the 2014 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, held at the 6,109-yard, par-73 Hollywood Golf Club. St. Louis native Port, 52, the two-time defending U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion, bettered four players by nine shots and became the fifth player since 2002 to win medalist by three or more strokes. “This game doesn’t owe you anything, you have to work for everything you get,” said Port, who went back to the basics in practice after missing the cut at this year U.S. Women’s ...

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Crespo leads Rascals past Boomers in championship series opener

  River City second baseman Hector Crespo picked a great time to come through at the plate for the Rascals. Crespo went 2 for 3 at the dish to propel the River City to a 5-1 victory over the Schaumburg Boomers in game one of the Frontier League championship series Saturday night (Sept. 13) at TR Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon, Mo. Crespo singled in the fifth and sixth innings, scored two runs and drove in a run to pace the Rascals attack. Joe Staley went 2 for 4 with a run scored and Curran Redal drove in two runs as ...

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Defending champion Port tied for the qualifying lead after one round at U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Two-time defending champion Ellen Port and Brenda Pictor shared the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur qualifying lead at even-par 73 on Saturday (Sept. 13) at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, N.J. The 52-year-old Port has a record four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titles and captained the winning U.S. Curtis Cup team in June. “The last three weeks, I have really worked hard on my game,” Port said in a news conference after her round. “On the range, I probably have hit the ball as well as I have ever hit it. I feel really good with where my game is now.” The ...

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Balanced Westminster takes down MICDS to stay unbeaten

  The beat continues to go on for the Westminster Wildcats. Westminster got solid production from its run and pass offense and another sturdy effort from its defense as the Wildcats stayed unbeaten for the fourth straight week with a 21-7 victory over visiting Metro League rival Mary Institute/Country Day School on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 13). Westminster (4-0, 2-0), the number four rated small school in the area, broke on top in the first quarter using its ground game effectively as running back Steve Webb capped the Wildcats first scoring drive with an 8-yard touchdown run with 5:43 left in ...

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Scales, Lafayette end slide, beat Marquette 31-21

On Friday night (Sept 12) at home, Lafayette battled through rain, cold, and determined archrival Marquette, to find its way into the win column for the first time in 2014. Lafayette senior quarterback Cameron Scales threw for two touchdowns and ran for one and the Lancer defense played lights out as Lafayette ended its three-game season-opening skid with a 31-21 victory over Marquette. “It wasn’t easy but we have played some of the top teams in the area and state and to get a win just good for our confidence going forward,” Scales said. “The rest of it going forward is ...

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