Managing ISIS

To the Editor: I find it both outrageous and humorous in a macabre sort of way that President Obama’s idea of dealing with ISIS or ISIL is to “manage” them. Really? Consider if you had cancer and your doctor told you he was going to “manage” it instead of going all out to kill every cancer cell before it metastasizes.You would stomp out of his office and find another doctor who understands how to deal with this killer disease. Substitute ISIS or ISIL for cancer and Obama for the doctor who would “manage” this and you will plainly see that ...

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Declaring war

To the Editor: Why is it so hard to “declare” war on ISIS (or ISIL)? Hell, we declare war on everything else. There’s the war on women, the war on the wealthy, the war on poverty, the war on religion, and the war on Christmas. We declare war on everything but the enemy of our nation. And why do so many people casually use the term “war”? What happens with war? Sure, heroes arise in war, sometimes there’s gallantry, and true leadership is exposed in war. But mostly, war leaves dead and mangled bodies. It’s destructive, it’s violent, it’s scary, ...

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Police misconduct

To the Editor: It is a fact that a problem will never be solved if it is not clearly identified and understood. The killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the subsequent protests and demonstrations resulted in widespread media coverage, including international coverage. However, this was not an isolated event. Around that period police killed unarmed African-American males in St. Louis, California, Ohio and New York, most with multiple gunshots. There is a historical pattern of police in the U. S. killing unarmed African-American males. Most of the time the killings are found to be justified and there are no ...

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Skyway/subway 109

To the Editor: It seems strange that two pedestrian passes across Hwy. 109 within such close proximity made sense to the project planners. One is a bridge (north of the south roundabout), the other a tunnel (south of the north roundabout); that doesn’t seem to give anyone a safety advantage of not having to cross the east/west-stretching roads from the roundabouts. It probably takes less than 5 minutes to walk from one crossing to the other. If we spent money like it was ours, I’ll bet we’d have neither of these, but certainly not both. Also, the new road’s pavement ...

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Renaud Spirit Center 10th Anniversary celebration, Sept. 27

The Renaud Spirit Center celebrates its 10th Anniversary with an  Art & Family Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The recreation complex is located in O’Fallon Sports Park at 2650 Tri Sports Circle. RSC Art & Family Festival activities include a bounce house and a rock climbing wall, the Bubble Bus, face painting, a balloon artist, pumpkin decorating, T-shirt tie-dyeing, music by Get Back, an acoustic Beatles band, and the St. Charles County Symphony Orchestra, artist demonstrations, original art for sale, free raffles, giveaways, drawings and prizes. All annual memberships purchased on Sept. 27 will receive a ...

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Local districts score solid ‘A’ on their performances

Rockwood earned a 98.2 percent and Parkway earned a 96.4 percent overall score on the Annual Performance Report (APR) released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Both districts scored well above the 90 percent needed to keep the “Accredited with Distinction” label and rank among the top 10 percent of districts in the state. Missouri’s rating system is based on a number of factors including standardized test scores, attendance, graduation rates, subgroup performance and college placement. The new system allows for greater distinction between school districts and looks at a broader range of performance standards.

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Bringing robots to children

Westminster Christian Academy students recently volunteered at the St. Louis Magic House Make-It Workshop. Twenty student members of Westminster’s FIRST Robotics team attended the special event to engage families in conversation about the importance of robotics. “Every child in St. Louis has fond memories of experiences at The Magic House,” said Lisa Harding, director of Westminster’s robotics program. “It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to feel like they were a part of that experience for other children.” The team brought multiple robots for children and their parents to enjoy including three student-built competition robots that had been used ...

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Portion of Plackemeier Drive to be closed Sept. 24-26

A portion of Plackemeier Drive will be closed by the St. Charles County Highway Department beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 and continuing through Friday, Sept. 26 to allow for installation of a culvert pipe to improve drainage. The entire road will be re-opened Friday, Sept. 26 by 3:30 p.m. The construction area for the pipe crossing is located approximately 0.46 miles south and west of Woodlawn Avenue. No through traffic will be allowed through the area of the pipe replacement. Motorists may use Veterans Memorial Parkway to Parkview Drive to Chip Drive to West Park Drive to ...

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Westminster Christian Academy, MICDS ready for River to River Challenge in girls golf

Westminster Christian Academy is the defending River to River Challenge champion and the Wildcats girls golf team will attempt to win it again when the annual Missouri versus. Illinois tournament is held Saturday (Sept. 20). Missouri won the event last year. Missouri’s teams in the unique tournament qualified from the recent Angel Classic that was win by MICDS. Also playing will be Marquette, St. Joseph’s Academy, John Burroughs and Kirkwood. The action begins at 2 p.m. at The Orchards in Belleville, Ill. Westminster finished sixth in the Angel Classic to just make the cut. The Wildcats shot a team score ...

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