Opposing views on Thomas Sowell

To the Editor: If you and your editorial board have ever considered discontinuing the Sowell column, Mr. Sowell’s most recent column “Giuliani vs. Obama” should give you more ammunition.

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Opposing views on Thomas Sowell

To the Editor: Thomas Sowell writes about issues in such an intelligent, thoughtful and truthful manner, it is hard to imagine that some find him just spewing propaganda, but it happens every so often.

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Parkway North rebounds against Cor Jesu to take third place

A day after suffering a buzzer-beater loss to Liberty in the Class 5 semifinals at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, the Parkway North girls basketball team had an emphatic response on the court. North bounced back in big-time fashion as the Vikings rolled past Cor Jesu for a 67-54 victory in the third place game Saturday afternoon. Parkway North (25-6) had control of the game from start to finish and never trailed. The Vikings came out on fire in the opening minutes, knocking down 8 of 13 shots and pouring in 26 points in the first eight plus minutes of the ...

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Chaminade bounces back in third place game with big win over SLUH

Jayson Tatum of Chaminade was visibly upset after his Red Devils had their championship dream taken from them by Park Hills South on Friday afternoon. Tatum did his part to make sure that the Red Devils did not leave Columbia empty-handed this weekend. Behind a monster 30-point effort from the star junior playmaker, Chaminade rolled to a 71-35 victory over Metro Catholic Conference foe St. Louis University High in the third place game Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena. Chaminade (25-4) also got sturdy performances from junior guard Michael Lewis and junior center Tyler Cook, as each chipped in 12 points. ...

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Parkway North clipped by Liberty in Class 5 semifinals, MICDS advances to championship game

Parkway North overcame an 11-point third quarter deficit and led by two in the final 33 seconds thanks to a Mya Johnson layup. But Liberty’s Chiarra Franklin grabbed a rebound and scored a layup at the buzzer to lift Liberty to a 55-54 win over North in a Class 5 semifinal Friday evening at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. The loss for Parkway North crushed the Vikings hopes of winning a state championship in their first appearance in the state tournament. Liberty (27-3) advances to play Columbia Rock Bridge in the Class 5 championship game Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Parkway North ...

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Chaminade’s championship hopes derailed by Park Hill South

It was supposed to be the beginning of a weekend of championship celebration for the Chaminade basketball team. But Park Hill South of Kansas City trashed that script, and now the Red Devils will have to regroup and try to avoid leaving the 2015 Class 5 Tournament without a victory. Park Hill South got double-figure scoring from three players and took Chaminade’s best punches from start to finish and held on for a 53-50 Class 5 semifinal win Friday afternoon at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Park Hill South (26-3) will face Blue Springs in the Class 5 championship game Saturday ...

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On the calendar

Plant sales, lectures, exhibitions The Great Perennial Divide: From now until the end of April, non-profit Gateway Greening is giving area residents the chance to clean out their backyard gardens for a good cause during its annual Great Perennial Divide. The unique event will give backyard gardeners the chance to donate their unwanted ornamental plants at a variety of collection sites in the area, including one in Chesterfield. Those items, in turn, will be provided at no cost to area community gardeners to help them fill in and beautify their gardens. Individual donors should call to arrange a drop-off time. ...

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Don’t pitch that pot!

The Missouri Botanical Garden encourages gardeners to help reduce the amount of horticultural waste in landfills by recycling plastic garden pots, polystyrene cell packs and trays.

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Great gardens start with tips from a master gardener

Temperatures in the 70s can have inexperienced gardeners chomping at the bit to dig a hole and plant something – tomatoes, pole beans, zucchini, anything. But experienced gardeners know that for everything there is a season and a few scattered days of summer temperatures are not good enough when it comes to planting what will hopefully mature into bumper crops. When it comes to planting a vegetable garden, the best rule of thumb is to wait until the soil and air temperatures are no lower than 45˚F at night (unless you’re prepared to cover your plants) and at least 55˚F ...

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