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Not better together

To the Editor: The article “Are We Better Together” by Dan Fox in the July 9 issue of West Newsmagazine was very interesting. It showed that when Louisville, Kentucky, combined with Jefferson County in 2003 it resulted in a savings of $700,000 per year. That sounds like a lot of money until you divide it among the 694,784 residents and find that it saved less than $1.01 per person. If St. Louis City and County ever merge I hope my city (Wildwood) can secede from St. Louis County and annex to Franklin County. David Peterson Wildwood   Email this page

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Protect your constitutional rights

We have a federal government that chooses which laws they will abide by and which laws they will ignore. Yet we as citizens are expected to abide by every law and regulation, even those that are in violation of our US Constitution. Federal agencies are ignoring our Constitution and targeting those who disagree with the current administration. Congress passes 200 to 300 new laws every year but federal agencies issue 3,000 or more new regulations each year. HHS on the so-called affordable health care act alone has issued 11,000 pages of new regulations. We have a government that is simply ...

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Thomas Sowell – Bordering on Madness

In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, “We are as good as you are!” One of the things that make the history of clashes over race or ethnicity such a history of tragedies around the world is that — regardless of whatever particular issue sets off these clashes — many people see the ultimate stakes as their worth as human beings. On that, there is no room for compromise, but only polarization. That is why playing ...

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Total Recall

Think about this for a second: In 2013, there were 45 percent more cars recalled than there were cars sold. Over the past decade, recalls are up 4 percent while sales are down 10 percent. This year automakers will easily eclipse a rather dubious mark and surpass 2004’s record of 30 million total cars recalled. Most famously, GM has issued 45 recalls so far this year, totaling more than 28 million cars. The auto industry as a whole is only expected to sell 16 million cars this year. So what gives? What is the cause of the skyrocketing number of ...

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Ellisville development

To the Editor: Ellisville resident Robert Kerr’s criticism of our Economic Development Commission is not shared by the rest of us residents. Walmart was only coming to Ellisville if we taxpayers gave them over $10 million in tax increment financing. Other businesses, including the “mom and pop” ones, did not get a dime from Ellisville. How long would his idea of the increase in sales tax collection take to offset that over $10 million taxpayer freebie to Walmart? As for that Tri-Star Mercedes-Benz dealership closer to Wildwood, why would Ellisville need a city hall that far out in an oversized ...

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Regarding Common Core

To the Editor: Wow! Your June 25 issue had two powerful articles. Tricia Reichardt’s Letter to the Editor, “Common Core: The real stealth jihad,” was a knockout description of how Common Core lowers the learning bar. Overwhelm, Overpower, and Overtake were three detailed sections describing destruction of each child’s unique talents to follow distant strangers’ agenda. Parents’ protests are ignored. No law was passed, just “executive-style” orders from CEOs and the White House. As a retired teacher, I also loved reading the cover story, “Fanning the Flames of Success – Parkway School District is poised to ignite a spark for ...

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Has World War III begun?

To the Editor: How are we going to know when World War III has begun? I mean the non-nuclear WW3. Does it start with the capture of Crimea by Russians? Does it start with the Chinese military declaring its dominance over Japanese, Philippine and Vietnamese islands in the South and East China Seas? Does it start with poison gas used against civilians in Syria? Does it start with radical Muslim ISIS combat troops capturing a large part of Syrian and Iraqi territory? Does it start with the capture of 300 school girls in Nigeria? Does it start with the kidnapping ...

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Thomas Sowell – Lawsuits and Impeachment

Whenever Democrats are in real trouble politically, the Republicans seem to come up with something new that distracts the public’s attention from the Democrats’ problems. Who says Republicans are not compassionate? With public opinion polls showing President Obama’s sinking approval rate, in the wake of his administration’s multiple fiascoes and scandals — the disgraceful treatment of veterans who need medical care, the Internal Revenue Service coverups, the tens of thousands of children flooding across our open border — Republicans have created two new distractions that may yet draw attention away from the Democrats’ troubles. From the Republican establishment, Speaker of ...

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Thomas Sowell – America’s Birthday

Birthdays are supposed to be times for celebration and gift-giving. But America’s upcoming birthday on the Fourth of July is a time when the gift most needed is an urgent warning about the dangers of losing the things that have made this country America — and have long made “America” a ringing word of freedom, not only in this country but to people around the world. All is not lost. But all could be lost — especially if too many of us take freedom for granted and focus our attention on other things, like electronic gadgets and the antics of ...

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Thomas Sowell – A Lame Duck Country?

Pundits are pointing to President Barack Obama’s recent decline in public opinion polls, and saying that he may now become another “lame duck” president, unable to accomplish much during his final term in office. That has happened to other presidents. But it is extremely unlikely to happen to this president. There are reasons why other presidents have become impotent during their last years in office. But those reasons do not apply to Barack Obama. The Constitution of the United States does not give presidents the power to carry out major policy changes without the cooperation of other branches of government. ...

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