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Thomas Sowell – Random Thoughts

Random thoughts on the passing scene: • I don’t know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal justice system, when issues of guilt and innocence are being determined on television — and even punishment is being meted out by CNN’s showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting. • One of the big differences between Democrats and Republicans is that we at least know what the Democrats stand for, whether we agree with it or not. But, for Republicans, we have to guess. • It is amazing how ...

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Editorial: Our perspective

What you are about to read is old news. You get this paper in your mailbox on Wednesday or Thursday, but we actually send it to the printer on the previous Friday. While that piece of information may not seem particularly interesting, it is relevant. We like to think that the delay in our publication forces us to make sure our stories include both information and perspective, that they are not forced by the constraints of the 24/7 news cycle – or the even more demanding need to be the first to send a tweet about some topic or another. ...

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Reflections on Ferguson

To the Editor: Here are some things to think about, from a practical white dude who despises racism and the current immature state of our society. Your kids may or may not look like the one that was shot. That is fine, however, that doesn’t mean your children are anything like him. Most commenting about him know nothing about him other than he was shot and killed. Stop comparing your children to him. It’s just to pump people up. Should black folks be mad? Absolutely. They should be mad at the people that are committing “justice” crimes that make the ...

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Security issues in Monarch

To the Editor: I am baffled. I was always under the impression that our police officers and firefighters were sworn to protect the public and their fellow first responders. But I read that a Monarch fire captain was suspended by the district’s Board of Directors for publicly disclosing a security enhancement that was recently installed to protect the district officers and board members. Further, I understand that he went so far as to make light of the district’s effort to enhance security. Since this man is a union shop steward, perhaps this was done in an effort to make the ...

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Responding to ‘Border Madness’

To the Editor: Sending children back to a life of siege is what borders on madness. In recent weeks, America has been subjected to an influx of undocumented aliens from Central America, a large percentage of which have been young children. In his July 30th article, Thomas Sowell articulates that, without a comprehensive immigration policy, America cannot control its borders. I could not agree more. However, we have been unsuccessful to date at constructing said policy due to Republican intransigence. Sowell also makes the following statements: “We have no way of knowing how many of those children are carrying what ...

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‘Work with me’

To the Editor: The president keeps pleading with Congress and the Republicans to work with him on immigration, along with other matters that plague our country. Perhaps he should be pleading with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to work with the House of Representatives. The House has passed many bipartisan bills, including immigration reforms, but Sen. Reid refuses to bring them up for vote. The stack keeps getting higher. So how can the president get in front of a group of people and mislead them by saying the Republicans won’t work with him? It is Sen. Reid who won’t work ...

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Thomas Sowell – Attacking Achievement

New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, like so many others who call themselves “progressive,” is gung-ho to solve social problems. In fact, he is currently on a crusade to solve an educational problem that doesn’t exist, even though there are plenty of other educational problems that definitely do exist. The non-existent problem is the use of tests to determine who gets admitted to the city’s three most outstanding public high schools — Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech. These admissions tests have been used for generations, and the students in these schools have had spectacular achievements for generations. These achievements ...

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August primary results: fluke or trend?

To the Editor: Many Republican voters pulled a Democrat ballot August 5th, in St. Louis County.  Having crossed over once, how many will do it again in November?  It is no secret that the Republican legislature in Jefferson City has exhibited minimal leadership on major issues while spending most of a short legislative calendar talking about issues invented by lobbyists. Republican voters expected more. Many St. Louis County Republican voters are baffled by the absence of political ‘guts’ displayed in Jefferson City.  Those who took the time to go door-to-door convincing neighbors to vote Republican are mortified by a legislature ...

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Thomas Sowell – Is Thinking Obsolete?

Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era. Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel’s military action in Gaza. One of the talking points against Israel is that far more Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli military attacks than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that started this latest military conflict. Are these protesters aware that vastly more ...

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Editorial: A nation of nomophobes

Admit it, you’re never more than a few steps away from some form of technology. Your computer sits in your lap or fits in your hand. Your phone is perpetually in your purse or pocket. It might even be in your ear, although bluetooth doesn’t seem to be as popular as it once was. If by some chance you leave the house without your phone, you make a u-turn and retrieve it. Who knows who might call while you’re running to the market for a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk? We have become a nation of nomophobes. ...

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