Thomas Sowell – A Legacy of Liberalism

Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said there were “phrases that serve as an excuse for not thinking.” One of these phrases that substitute for thought today is one that depicts the current problems of blacks in America as “a legacy of slavery.” New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof asserts that there is “overwhelming evidence that centuries of racial subjugation still shape inequity in the 21st century” and he mentions “the lingering effects of slavery.” But before we become overwhelmed, that evidence should be checked out. The evidence offered by Mr. Kristof in the November 16th issue of the New ...

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Thomas Sowell – What Happened?

Just what happened last week on election day? And what is going to happen in the years ahead? The most important thing that happened last week was that the country dodged a bullet. Had the Democrats retained control of the Senate, President Obama could have spent his last two years in office loading the federal judiciary with judges who share his contempt for the Constitution of the United States. Such judges — perhaps including Supreme Court justices — would have been confirmed by Senate Democrats, and could spend the rest of their lifetime appointments ruling in favor of expansions of ...

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In theaters Nov. 21

Two movies to tug on your emotions come to the big screen this weekend. One portrays freedom fighters tackling an oppressive government, the other a tragic romance centered on one of the world's greatest scientists.

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Duchesne teacher honored with teaching award

Dominic D’Urso, an English teacher at Duchesne High in St. Charles, was one of three Catholic school teachers honored with a 2014 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award on Nov. 16. The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards program recognizes more than 100 educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – who are examples of excellence in their field.  

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High school swimming

Parkway West won the first Suburban Central Conference meet. It was a new league formed this year and included some teams from the former Suburban South. The Longhorns won that meet last year. Parkway West finished first with 477 points. Parkway Central came in second with 445 points. “The boys were very excited to win the conference meet.,” said coach Allison Zeller. All of their hard work throughout the season paid off with this victory.” The Longhorns’ Luke Christensen was a double winner in the 200 and 500 freestyle races. He won the 200 free in 1:50.49 and the 500 ...

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Vision van visits Francis Howell schools

The Ronald McDonald Care Vision Van recently visited Francis Howell elementary and middle schools, providing free vision care to over 80 students. The Vision Van is an optical manufacturing shop on wheels, offering everything onboard from eye exams and screening to crafting customized eyewear onsite. “The eye care van has been a tremendous asset to our district. It has helped many students achieve academic success through vision services they may not necessarily have had access to,” said Janet Stiglich, a nurse coordinator for the district. “To see the students’ faces once the glasses are on and they can ‘see’ has ...

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Business: Crider Health Center unveils annual donor wall

PEOPLE Carl Bolm was selected as the newest board member for the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA). Bolm is president of BSR Services, and will have a three-year term on the national board. • • • Dominic Pisoni and Mike Favazza Jr., both CPAs with more than 10 years of experience, recently joined Favazza & Associates CPA, LLC as partners. • • • Mercy Clinic recently added the following doctors: family medicine physician Dr. Christopher Blanner joined Mercy Clinic Family Medicine-O’Fallon; family medicine physician Dr. Cristina Fernandez joined Mercy Clinic Family Medicine-Piper Hill in St. Peters; gastroenterologist Dr. Layla ...

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Sutton Smith propels Francis Howell deep into Class 6 playoffs

After a good look at Sutton Smith’s overall body of work, it is hard not to come away amazed and in awe. The senior running back had rushed for an eye-popping 1,943 yards on 228 carries for a 8.5 yards per game average heading into Francis Howell’s Class 6 semifinal matchup on Nov. 14 at Kansas City Rockhurst. That total was the area’s fifth best as Smith helped lead Howell to an 11-0 record and give the Vikings a second chance at the Class 6 championship game in three seasons. At 6-foot-1, and 210 pounds, Smith can pound the rock ...

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SMART tables reinforce learning for the youngest students

Technology starts early at Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic School in St. Charles. Students in the junior kindergarten and kindergarten classes are utilizing SMART tables to learn letters, numbers and colors. The touch-sensitive tables are used for interactive activities through the collaborative learning center. “The SMART table allows the students to have a hands-on experience with the curriculum,” said Jennifer Albrecht, junior kindergarten teacher. “We use it to reinforce previously taught curriculum and to help with the introduction of new concepts. “The students are having so much fun, they often do not know they are learning.” The school currently has ...

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