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Hardscapes offer low maintenance options for busy homeowners

Consider it the architecture of the yard – the rocks and pavers, wood, iron, concrete and brick that make up modern hardscapes and transform ordinary patios, pathways and decks into works of art. While retaining walls commonly are used to transition elevations, shore up slopes along foundations and define spaces such as planters, tree rings and fire pits, hardscapes can be so much more, including a low-maintenance landscape solution for busy homeowners. The use of rock mulch and natural rock in gardens and beds, as walkways and as stepping stones offers an attractive solution to weed control and lessens the ...

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Thomas Sowell – The ‘Equality’ Racket

Thomas Sowell

Some time ago, burglars in England scrawled a message on the wall of a home they had looted: “RICH BASTARDS.” Those two words captured the spirit of the politicized vision of equality — that it was a grievance when someone was better off than themselves. That, of course, is not the only meaning of equality, but it is the predominant political meaning in practice, where economic “disparities” and “gaps” are automatically treated as “inequities.” If one racial or ethnic group has a lower income than another, that is automatically called “discrimination” by many people in politics, the media and academia. ...

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Driving on Manchester

To the Editor: Dear drivers on Manchester: Can we all be a little bit nicer to each other? As new resident of Ballwin living directly off Manchester Road, I’d like to send out a kind request. Please, be kind when driving on Manchester. Put down your phone, pay attention, don’t block intersections, let someone go in front of you and please – if someone lets you in, give that person a wave! Be kind and say thanks! Since moving to Ballwin in July I’ve been so disappointed driving on Manchester. My rule of thumb is to let someone in when ...

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Progress 64 West to honor business, student achievement

Civic partnership group Progress 64 West, a nonprofit alliance of area citizens and business leaders that promotes development along the I-64 corridor from I-270 westward to I-70, will hold its annual awards banquet on Nov. 26  at Chesterfield’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. The group is set to honor a select list of area businesses and individuals with its Excellence in Community Development Awards. This year’s corporate and organizational honorees include Flat World Supply Chain, an O’Fallon, Missouri-based logistics and supply chain management company; Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis; Medical Transportation Management (MTM), which provides non-emergency transportation to Medicaid beneficiaries ...

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‘Ageless Remarkable’ honoree

When 19 adults aged 75 and older are honored on Sunday, Nov. 9 at the 12th annual Ageless Remarkable St. Louisans Gala, St. Charles County resident Sr. Cordula Wekenborg, SSND, will be among them. The St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System holds the event each year to demonstrate that age is  no more than a number and to recognize older area residents who are “reshaping the face of aging in the region,” spending their golden years in pursuits such as traveling, continuing their careers and embarking on new ones, and supporting their favorite charities. Sr. Cordula, 82, is a retired ...

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