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report print email Source: Letter: Why Do We Have A Second Amendment?
Misplaced Fear
October 22, 2015 | 12:29 PM

A couple of thoughts: First, is it possible that the second amendment had something to do with the fact that there was no standing army or police force at the time the nation was founded and the new United States government relied on calling-up the state militia's to help defend the country? Second, the only firearms of the time were single shot muskets.

Regarding the Holocaust, it's fantasy to say had the Jews been armed they could have prevented it. If the armies of Europe could not stop the Germans, how would the German Jews (and eventually European Jews) stop them? At the time of the 1935 Nuremberg Laws and kristallnacht in 1938, the Jewish population in Germany was around 215,000. There is no way they would have been able to stop the autrocities of the Nazis if they were armed with, what most likely would have been, hunting rifles and maybe some small arms. Just ask the Jews who faught the Germans in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Matt Michenfelder
report print email Source: Letter: Bicyclists Should Take Time To Read The Law
selectively obeying laws
October 21, 2015 | 08:41 PM

The Hall's sure seem to know the law when it applies to some one else. However, they have been lacking when it comes to following the law themselves. Taxes on a 3/4 ton pickup of Mr. Hall have been late each of the past 4 years.
Given the scofflaw approach, perhaps they should be cyclists by necessity, rather than continue to flaunt the law.

K Nevins
report print email Source: Letter: Bicyclists Should Take Time To Read The Law
safety first
October 21, 2015 | 10:19 AM

First and foremost, you are indeed 100% correct with the MO law you listed. Do all cyclists follow said law? No! Do all drivers follow the laws? No! As cyclists we typically have one concern and that is our safety. Riding in groups is without a doubt, safer for us. Cars are better able to see us. Do we slow drivers down? Yes, for short periods of time. Do we blow through every stop sign we see? No. When in a group and we approach a stop sign, if there are cars incoming, we will stop. If they are a safe distance away we may slow and then keep going but not every cyclist is going to take turns stopping, they will stick together as a group. This also allows us to keep moving so we do not slow down traffic because when we start slow, you will follow slow. Yes, you may have to wait a moment at that stop sign but I promise it's not a big deal. It is in fact, and proven, to actually speed traffic up. A large group of cyclists in San Francisco all obeyed the law one day and traffic was a nightmare. As I said, these groups will stop when other cars are at the stop signs and most of the time the drivers wave us through. By and large, most drivers are pretty cool.
In regards to where exactly on the road we should ride. The streets you mentioned I know fairly well. Let's start with Adams. Adams is a nightmare of a street. It is riddled with ruts, holes, debris, etc! so there really is little option to ride as far to the ride as possible. And since we have the absolute right of way by law, maybe talk to Kirkwood about re-paving and adding a bike lane? Dougherty Ferry is another street that actually has a bike lane but it's nothing but rocks and glass. Lockwood became a dream once this was done and cyclists are pretty good about staying in the bike lane.
I understand your frustration but look at it from our perspective. We may slow you down for maybe 5 minutes of your day. We are out exercising and being healthy, which should be applauded in every way. In fact, more people should be on bikes and not driving around. Kirkwood has done a pretty decent job with making Kirkwood bike friendly. Between cars and bikes, a car will always win in case of an accident so if we bend a few laws for our safety, it's really not a big deal.

Tyrone Washington
Webster Groves
report print email Source: Letter: Senator Should "Stick To Missouri Matters"
October 21, 2015 | 04:24 AM

Sen. Schmitt - and Ms. Zellweger - is well-versed in middle-Eastern nuances?

Thomas Maher
report print email Source: Letter: Bicyclists Should Take Time To Read The Law
Roadies Are Roadies -
October 21, 2015 | 04:03 AM

Regardless of rules and laws...

Thomas Maher
report print email Source: Letter: Bicyclists Should Take Time To Read The Law
Selective reading of the law
October 20, 2015 | 02:40 PM

I would invite the Halls to pay closer attention to the laws they cite in their complaint, particularly the phrasing "except...when the lane is too narrow to share with another vehicle". The intersection in question, Woodbine & Geyer, indeed has lanes too narrow to share safely with another vehicle. That is pretty much the case along most of Geyer.

The Halls focused on riding abreast. I suspect they are demanding that cyclists ride single file. However, since those cyclists will be single file in a lane too narrow for me to pass without changing lanes into the oncoming lane, I'd certainly prefer to only have to pass a group that is 7 cyclists long rather than 15, which is what the length of the group will be when they are riding two abreast. Rather than publicly grouse at these road users, I will simply thank them for being considerate and offering me a better opportunity to pass.

Chris cleeland
Webster groves
report print email Source: Letter: Senior To Vote "No" On Prop A
Response to Jennifer Wilton
October 20, 2015 | 02:39 PM

I agree with Mr. McFarland. And I'm not a senior. You said it best Ms. Wilton, for "most residents in modest homes" its less than a dollar a day. Those nice, "modest" homes with 5 children crammed into 2 bedrooms that pay little tax and yet strain the system the most. While I don't like some of the quality of the infill being built, I'm glad that it will soon price some people out and get rid of the large families living in small homes.

Just because I manage my money better than some shouldn't mean that I'm footing the bill for them.

Elizabeth Adams
report print email Source: Letter: Bicyclists Should Take Time To Read The Law
Bikers Know Best!
October 20, 2015 | 05:28 AM

Robert Beauty says "I know best how to keep myself safe on the roads, not you or the law."

A perfect summary of the bicyclist's mantra: "It's all about me."

report print email Source: Letter: Bicyclists Should Take Time To Read The Law
October 19, 2015 | 02:04 PM

Since you had enough time to write this post AND look up each of the laws you stated. You must have plenty of time to stop and wait for all the cyclist to cross the intersection. You need to think about it from the cyclist point of view. Do you really think a cyclist would put themselves in real danger? Car vs bike. Car usually wins. Instead of writing posts about what cyclist did wrong, why don't you donate your time to trail net and sponsor a bike safety clinic.

Creve Coeur
report print email Source: Letter: Bicyclists Should Take Time To Read The Law
Bicyclists Should Take Time To Read The Law
October 19, 2015 | 01:11 PM

I would ask and like to know if there was any other traffic at the intersection. If there was cross or oncoming traffic then yes, the cyclist should have stopped. Otherwise it is pointless, and more dangerous to the cyclist to have to stop for no reason. If a car is approaching from behind, the cyclist has no idea if that car will stop, or run into the stopped cyclist. As a life long cyclist, I know best how to keep myself safe on the roads, not you or the law.

Robert Beaury
report print email Source: Editorial: All In The Family
All in the Family
October 16, 2015 | 09:36 AM

I am a pediatric triage nurse at this office for 25 years. This is a great practice with a great group of docs. Every one sincerely cares about their patients. If looking for a great practice, we would love to have you!

Cindy Lesinski
St Louis
report print email Source: Letter: Senior To Vote "No" On Prop A
Response to Mr. McFarland
October 16, 2015 | 07:41 AM

Mr. McFarland, you are right- Kirkwood does already have good schools. The proposed tax increase will help keep them that way. This is not an effort to make the school bigger or better; it is simply to maintain the quality teachers and programs we already have.

Bringing our tax rate into the lower half (rather than the lower fourth, as it is currently) of overall County municipal tax rates is not out of line.

I am not unsympathetic to older residents on fixed incomes. But for most residents in modest homes, this increase will amount to less than a dollar a day. There are special tax credits in place specifically for seniors and/or the disabled. No one wants seniors forced from their homes, which is why this increase request is as modest as possible.

Keeping our schools at the quality level at which they are currently is not something that can be done with the current property tax situation.

Jennifer Wilton
report print email Source: Editorial: Owner Of Auto Beauty Wants More Time To Relocate
Spurious Post By Lamprey
October 15, 2015 | 10:28 PM

"I" did not make the previous post, being the ONLY TM in Kirkwood...
I have no dog in the fight of W.G. v. A.B.
Pirating a name seems to be the modus operandi of "the lamprey," who has apparently returned to bedevil legitimate commenters...

Thomas Maher
report print email Source: Letter: Senator Should "Stick To Missouri Matters"
Spencer Should Stop Sticking His Head In The Sand
October 15, 2015 | 04:00 PM

"Saying 'Death to America' is easy. We need to express 'Death to America' with action."

"Israel is the great Zionist Satan."

"We've completed the uranium enrichment program."

These are not chants or slogans, but the intentional language of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Genuine adults rightly fear for the future of Israel and the Middle East, while a naive American president is lulled by a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Jennifer Zellweger
Creve Coeur
report print email Source: Letter: Is There Something The City Is Not Telling Us?
A Deal Is A Deal
October 15, 2015 | 03:38 PM

Maybe the city government is listening to the (quieter) voice of those who believe that zoning violations are wrong and court decisions should be upheld. That "Truth" has been clear for all of the now-ending 20-year grace period.

Linda Garrett
Webster Groves
report print email Source: Editorial: Wise, Worldly Counsel
Regional workshop to tackle global issues Oct 25
October 14, 2015 | 02:10 PM

Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis
8894 Berkay Ave., Jennings, MO 63136-5004


INFORMATION: Terry Gates "" 314/991-2529 or JTGates@aol.com


Sunday, October 25, marks this year's workshop on global issues, "Addressing Challenges Facing Spaceship Earth." Keynote speaker Leila Sadat, consultant to the International Criminal Court, will deliver the keynote address: "Forging a convention for crimes against humanity."
Six other regional experts will lead discussions on a variety of nagging global issues.
The discussions will be held on Sunday, October 25, from 2:00 to 7:00 at the First Unitarian Church of St. Louis, 5007 Waterman Place at Kingshighway.
Organized by Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis, and co-sponsored by four additional organizations, the workshop's breakout discussion leaders will address global and local attempts to address issues such as climate change, challenges facing girls in developing countries, regional community unrest, violent extremism, US/Russia relations, and getting rid of nuclear weapons.
Attendees participate in the opening address, their choice of three topical sessions, and the closing panel discussion.
Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be collected. A light supper will be provided at the workshop's close.

Terry Gates
Richmond Heights
report print email Source: Gallery: To South Carolina
25th Anniversary in Aruba
October 12, 2015 | 02:42 PM

Tom and Debbie Shelton of Webster Groves took their Webster-Kirkwood Times with them as they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in Palm Beach, Aruba!

Tom and Debbie Shelton
Webster groves
report print email Source: Editorial: Keeping Court Drive Residential
Lindbergh residential? Across from other commercial?
October 10, 2015 | 01:19 PM

While I understand the concern of neighbors having more commercial enterprises near their homes, I find it blantently foolish to make remarks like,"we were assured it would be residential." Anyone building near open piece of ground should factor in the risk/reward. The piece in question faces other commercial zoned establishments on Lindbergh. I think the nearby residents, would see desirablity of their properties increase with a nice high end market like Lucky's moving into the space. In any case, the moment Amazon will ship groceries to my front door is the last time I ever set foot in a local market. Who wants to spend hours a week shopping for groceries? I'd rather be with my family and friends, pursuing hobbies or even working!

Keith Meier
Sunset Hills
report print email Source: Letter: "Enough Is Enough"
It's not enough
October 09, 2015 | 08:41 PM

According to a writer (Mailbag 10/9/15), "for the 10 years where the [tax] rate was unchanged, my property taxes increased by 40 percent." If this is true, the appraised value of his home (and hence his assessed value) must have increased by 40% over these 10 years. According to Zillow.com, the average value of a Kirkwood home increased from $226,000 in 2005, to $254,000 in 2015, only a 12% increase, so the writer apparently beat the average. If the tax rate was unchanged, the school district tax liability for the average Kirkwood home would have been $1744 in 2005, and $1960 in 2015. Let's assume a Kirkwood resident in this average home has a single child that attends Kirkwood schools K-12. The average cost/student/yr in the Kirkwood school district is $12,000, or $156,000 in 2015 dollars for these 13 years of school. Such a family would have to live in Kirkwood for nearly 80 years to repay in taxes what it cost to educate this child. The writer had more than one child benefiting from "an excellent education", yet he paid no more in taxes than a family with a single child. I'd say he got a pretty darn good deal. I challenge Kirkwood homeowners, particularly those that have children who attended Kirkwood schools, to fully understand their tax bills before they conclude that they are being taxed unfairly.

Tom Bailey
report print email Source: Editorial: Barrels Of Fun!
October 09, 2015 | 11:32 AM

This practice raises a lot of questions for me:

How do you guys clean the barrels? If rinsed, where does the leftover chemical and chemical residue go? How can you be sure all the chemical is free from the barrels when you release them?

They may be better off in a landfill than in public spaces.

Replies to this comment:

October 12, 2015 | 12:51 PM

Dear Edward,

Thank you for your questions.

Prior to donation pick up, the barrels are cleaned and rinsed at one of our seven locations by our employees. The leftover chemical is reclaimed & properly disposed of at the location.

Being eco friendly is one of core values of not only Rain Tunnel Express but also of our chemical provider, Kaady Chemical. If, by chance, any product is left in a barrel, there is no cause for concern as all of our products are non corrosive, non harmful and environmentally safe.

Rain Tunnel Express uses environmentally safe shampoos and soaps. We do this for the safety of employees, our customers' vehicles and our local eco system.

Please let us know if you would like to see our product safety sheet.

Thank you!

Beth Knight
Saint Louis
report print email Source: Editorial: My Thanksgiving Couch Dilemma
Clowning Around
October 08, 2015 | 02:48 PM

Although I fear clowns, as one should, this article made my fear go away, if for but a fleeting moment.

is what I wanted to post, but cant.

Not Bob Bell
report print email Source: Editorial: Long-Time Kirkwood Fire Chief To Retire
Chief Openlander retirement
October 08, 2015 | 12:27 PM

It was an honor working with Chief Openlander! He is a class act and I wish him the best in retirement.

Matt Siebert
Castle Rock, CO
report print email Source: Editorial: Crestwood Best Buy To Close Doors At End Of October
October 06, 2015 | 02:54 PM

Just another in the long line of businesses trying to survive Obamanomics. Reality continues to reinforce what a disaster the past 7 years have been with lowest workforce participation since the 70s.

Bill Nebel
Highlands Ranch
report print email Source: Editorial: Crestwood Best Buy To Close Doors At End Of October
Best buy
October 06, 2015 | 11:00 AM

Sounds like that would be an awesome spot to fabricate a drive-in film theater!he court wasn't manufactured for it until 1994 as the theater there was open until 1993 & wrecked in 1994.

Ada Palumbi - Programmer at http://www.ibotdis.com/best-buy/coupon-codes

Ada Palumbi
report print email Source: Letter: A Health Crisis
health crisis
October 05, 2015 | 06:53 PM

How can NRA have such total control of gun control. All the killings nothing new happens even when children are involved. What a sad state for our country. What of the rights of the people that have died and their families.

Sandy Wilson
report print email Source: Gallery: To South Carolina
Vacation to costa rica
October 03, 2015 | 01:04 PM

How do I attach a vacation picture for the travel section?

Nancy Watkins
Webster Groves
report print email Source: Editorial: Crestwood Best Buy To Close Doors At End Of October
Date is incorrect for that best buy opening
October 03, 2015 | 11:59 AM

The plaza wasn't built for it until 1994 as the theater there was open until 1993 & demolished in 1994.

tony schiller
saint louis
report print email Source: Editorial: PBS Or NBC? Newscast Comparisons Are Revealing
Sarcasm detector
October 02, 2015 | 04:06 PM


Jay Nies
Jefferson City
report print email Source: Editorial: Crestwood Best Buy To Close Doors At End Of October
Crestwood Commons
October 02, 2015 | 04:00 PM

Sounds like that would be a great place to build a drive-in movie theater!

Jay Nies
Jefferson City
report print email Source: Editorial: Three Decades Later
October 02, 2015 | 01:15 PM


I love this article. Boy did it bring back memories for me. 2017 will be 30 and I am going to try my hardest to go back.

Molly Caudill Pope
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