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Death penalty

letters to the editor

If capital punishment would be applied to all murder cases and murderers were executed before the public eye, it would be a definite deterrent for gang-bangers and other perpetrators when they see their friends lose their lives. We also know the executed murderers will never murder anyone ever again.

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Smoking ban

letters to the editor

Those against a smoking ban often resort to either negative name labels to describe non-smokers – “weak, thought-challenged, do-gooders” or society’s default response, “It’s my right.”

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Regarding right to work

letters to the editor

So, when some of our elected representatives express interest in re-introducing similar legislation in the future, they do so knowing that a far larger number of Missourians supported their positions [including right-to-work] in an election where the overwhelming majority of eligible voters actually participated.

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Random Thoughts: A community conversation with Kathy Lawton Brown

Kathy Lawton Brown in studio

This week, West Newsmagazine talks with Kathy Lawton Brown, one of the hosts of St. Louis’ only classical radio station – Radio Arts Foundation 107.3 FM. Lawton Brown also is a professional singer who is the principal contralto with the St. Louis-based baroque ensemble, The American Kantorei.

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Random Thoughts: A Community Conversation with Dennis Minner Jr.

Dennis Minner Jr.

This week, Mid Rivers Newsmagazine talks with O'Fallon resident Dennis Minner Jr., who has been a professional photographer for 10 years, but who says he feels like he was born with a camera in his hands. His artwork is “personal” and haunting – and can be seen at the Saint Louis Art Fair in Clayton Sept. 7-9.

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