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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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Cover art questioned

To the Editor: With almost 30 out of the 68 profiled businesses with women as sole-owners or quoted directors, your cover illustration shows only male images. In 2014. Really? Lynne Gronefeld Creve Coeur Email this page

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In favor of the Lafayette greenhouse

To the Editor:  Speaking as a soon-to-be senior at Lafayette this fall, I approve of any plans to institute a greenhouse. Such a resource would be fully utilized to enrich the entire Lafayette community. I, myself, have learned many skills and gained experience in various areas via practical arts courses offered at Lafayette. I would appreciate the availability of even more practical learning. If Mr. Shaughnessy’s findings are met with approval from the Rockwood School District Board of Education, the attached greenhouse will greatly benefit the school, the students and the community. Ian Greenwood   Email this page

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Responding to ‘Border Madness’

To the Editor: Here he goes again. Thomas Sowell in “Bordering on Madness” (West Newsmagazine, July 30) bemoans our lack of immigration policy and yet Republicans have refused to bring immigration reform to the table. They have blocked every effort to do so. President Obama has greatly increased border security but it takes money and the House has refused again to fund increased border patrols. We cannot place a border guard every 10 feet. The great wall has been breached by smugglers time and again. Deportations are up and have been vastly increased under Obama. Sowell apparently accuses recent immigrants ...

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Regarding ‘Applauding Gov. Perry’

To the Editor: The border madness is without a doubt a national disgrace. It is a moral failure that belies belief!! Children sent by desperate parents hundreds of miles alone with no food, money or an adult. We have to make some hard choices, painful as they might be. However Mr. Stoeffler’s solution (“Letters to the Editor,” West Newsmagazine, July 30) is so absurd its makes me laugh. Missouri is never going to provide money or allow the National Guard to be deployed. Stoeffler reminds me of  a modern day “Man of LaMancha” dreaming the impossible dream. This theme is ...

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Regarding Ellisville development

To the Editor: Wonder how much money it would take to entice enough businesses, and subsidize them if necessary, to revitalize the core business district of Ellisville? I am guessing that $10 million would be only a drop in the bucket. We now are treated to the election celebration of  how “We stuck it to Walmart.” We denied those rich Waltons that $10 million. Expect to see that slogan again every election in the future. Walmart is really about creating a “destination” – a reason for large numbers of people to decide to travel to their locations. That is the ...

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Thomas Sowell – Cease the Cease-Fires

Many years ago, on my first trip around the world, I was struck by how the children in the Middle East — Arab and Israeli alike — were among the nicest looking little children I had seen anywhere. It was painful to think that they were going to grow up killing each other. But that is exactly what happened. It is understandable that today many people in many lands just want the fighting between the Israelis and the Palestinians to stop. Calls for a cease-fire are ringing out from the United Nations and from Washington, as well as from ordinary ...

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