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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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Editorial: Things will happen

“I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam  should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.  It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.” – Tony Dungy, former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers   “Thank God he wasn’t the St. Louis Rams coach.” – Michael Sam What in the world does “things will happen” mean? What does that mean? Actually, first we need to explore some quick history. Prior to the Missouri Tigers 2013 football season, Michael Sam shared with ...

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Voices from newsmagazinenetwork.com

In reply to “ Enacting Article V of the U.S. Constitution,” Letters to the Editor, West Newsmagazine, July 9, Bill Walker wrote: “Mr. Mareing gives excellent reasons to hold a convention. However, his information is incorrect. For example he suggests only a few states have filed applications for a convention call by Congress. You can read the 746 applications from 49 states at www.foavc.org. The states reached the two-thirds mark required by the Constitution on Friday, March 13, 1908. Isn’t it about time people started asking Congress to do what is required and call the convention?” • • • In ...

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Responding to “Ellisville Development”

To the Editor:  I was not surprised by the response about the Ellisville development and Walmart, by Mary Dust and apparently every other Ellisville resident (Letter to the Editor, West Newsmagazine, July 23). But I must correct the misconceptions about the TIF. Walmart was not going to receive a dime of the TIF. I would like to enlighten the anti-Walmart folks. First, if the sales tax at Walmart was 8 percent, then a portion of that tax – let’s say 1 percent – would have been paid out over time to the builder (a local company that uses local labor) ...

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Dog days of summer

To the Editor: If you have covered this, it probably still bears repeating. Dogs cannot be left in cars in warm weather. Recently I parked next to a black SUV with a dog left in it while the owners ate breakfast. Every time I go to Manchester Walmart I find at least one dog in a car. People in West County should know this by now, but they don’t – dogs cannot be left in cars in warm weather. Please reinforce this message. Linda Clay   Email this page

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Applauding Gov. Perry

To the Editor: I applaud Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-Texas) decision to send the Texas National Guard to augment the U.S. border patrol, which is overwhelmed by a massive influx of illegal aliens crossing our southern border and hamstrung by the lack of support from our national government. Without the support of the federal government this will cost the citizens of Texas millions of dollars. Under normal circumstances – had the Texas guard’s deployment been initiated by President Obama –this would be an expense shared by every American taxpayer. But because of the president’s inaction Gov. Perry acted, and thus ...

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