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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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Bravo, Thomas Sowell

To The Editor: Bravo to Thomas Sowell for taking on the DeBlasio left. My wife and I are both graduates of New York City magnet schools. She graduated from what is now the LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts. I graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. It is of interest as to how the liberal left defines minorities as African Americans and Hispanics. Are not Jews and Orientals also minorities? That these latter groups have dominated New York magnet school enrollment over the decades is, in large part, because these cultures value study and education, and ...

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Banning bullets

To the Editor: Edward James Logue, my great-grand uncle, was shot and killed in the Spanish American War, along with 236 other soldiers who died in battle; another 3,000 lost their lives to malaria. Bullets were a minor problem during the Spanish American War. In 1947, the United States successfully set out to eradicate malaria using DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane). In 1972, determining that DDT was causing cancer, the United States banned its use in agriculture. In 1982, when a lunatic put cyanide in Tylenol killing seven people in Chicago, the packaging laws were altered permanently. Recently, a citizen was shot and ...

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Thomas Sowell – Irresponsible Choices

The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people “moderately disapprove” of Barack Obama’s performance as president and 39 percent “strongly disapprove.” Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now “strongly disapprove” of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, but the real question is whether we learn from them. With many people now acting as if it is time for “a woman” to become president, apparently they have learned absolutely nothing from the disastrous results of the irresponsible self-indulgence of choosing a President of ...

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Editorial: Sumptuous September

The feasting that started with Celebrate Wildwood continues in West County this weekend as the Manchester Homecoming takes over Paul A. Schroeder Park. Oh sure, there will be carnival rides and concerts and even a pool party for your pooch, but there will also be corn dogs and funnel cakes, ice cold lemonade and cotton candy – the holy grail of carnival fare – the food you crave after being spun on a carnival ride like fruit-flavored sugar in a centrifuge. It’s fall festival season in West County and one of the benefits is undeniably the food. You might want ...

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The fire union versus us

To the Editor: In Rick Gans’ letter titled “Security Issues in Monarch” (West Newsmagazine, Aug. 20), he appropriately chastised a Monarch Fire District union captain for revealing confidential security measures to the press and even being disrespectful enough to make fun of the common sense enhancements to protect lives. Chances are if you had an employee who did that, he or she would no longer be employed. One would expect the union to respect the overwhelming mandate of the voters when they elected a board majority dedicated to serving the financial interests of the residents, but the union leaders have ...

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Responding to ‘Flipping Ferguson’

To the Editor: Mr. Alfred Waddell in his “Flipping Ferguson,” letter to the editor (West Newsmagazine, Aug. 27) has  obviously tried and convicted the police officer without benefit of knowledge of the actual evidence. That is unfortunate because I suspect that if this happened to him, he would be screaming about being denied due process; it is no different for police officers. People want to demilitarize police officers, and I agree that overkill is never good, but how would you suggest they defend themselves against Molotov cocktails and gunshots? Armor is the best protection for that. I really think Mr. ...

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Thomas Sowell – Facts vs. Visions

The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th century. So it is not surprising that they are now arguing that heavily armed or aggressive police forces only inflame protesters and thus provoke violence. Statisticians have long warned that correlation is not causation, but they have apparently warned in vain. There is no reason to doubt that heavily armed police in riot gear may be more likely to show up where outbreaks of violence are expected. But when violence then breaks out, does that prove that it was the appearance of the police ...

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Revenue from truckers, or Missouri’s fair share

To the Editor:  I suggest a remedy that will raise revenues from long distance truckers. Mandate that each long distance trucker show proof that $25 of fuel was purchased in this state. If no purchase was made, they must pay a $25 fee to obtain a certificate in lieu of the fuel purchase. Those certificates will be dated daily and administered at weigh stations. The truckers have to pay for fuel anyway, so why not Missouri getting $25 either through that fuel purchase or the fee in lieu thereof. This prevents fill-ups in Illinois and Kansas causing Missouri to be ...

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