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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Letters To The Editor

Polar bears aren't meant to live in zoo enclosures

Polar bears aren't meant to live in zoo enclosures

Regarding "Last hurdle cleared for zoo’s new polar bear" (April 29):

May 02, 2015 12:00 am Related

Every government agency needs citizen review

With all the news of rioting in response to police action, I am reminded of the words Robert Kennedy spoke on the night of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination:

May 02, 2015 12:00 am

Riots are wrong way of finding justice

In response to "City on guard" (April 29), I'd like to say that what happened to Freddie Gray is horrible and the people responsible should be brought to justice.

May 02, 2015 12:00 am

Southern Baptist Convention is wrong again on same-sex marriage

Don Hinkle of the Missouri branch of the Southern Baptist Convention expressed the sect's opposition to same-sex marriage ("Gay marriage showdown may reverberate in Missouri," April 28). No surprise given the history of the convention.

May 02, 2015 12:00 am

Legislators' contradict themselves on sex education

In the letter “Looking for the logic in Republicans’ Medicaid stance” (April 21), Martin Walsh points out a significant discrepancy in many Republican legislators’ reasoning: They assert an interest in improving the state’s economy, yet their actions indicate otherwise. Improving the state’s…

May 02, 2015 12:00 am Related

Arguments against Better Together, regionalism are unconvincing

Mark Fogal in his commentary "Stenger is right to avoid Better Together" (April 24) argues that Better Together is flawed because its leadership is suspect, impugns its methods to achieve integration of governmental services or entire governmental entities, and demeans its methods of study.

May 02, 2015 12:00 am Related

Use racketeering laws to protect us from bad cops

The police blue code of silence toward other cops that commit crimes against our citizens is well-known. This causes a distrust in the community of the people we hire to serve and protect us from criminals. When the police themselves become the criminals, who can we trust to protect us?

May 01, 2015 12:00 am

Shouldn't chastise municipalities for enforcing speed limits

I'm confused. Streets and highways have posted speed limits. Apparently, most people ignore the posted speed limits. City streets are extremely dangerous because few people obey the speed limit.

May 01, 2015 12:00 am

Employment assistance is crucial for former inmates

“Tackling city’s troubled jails” (April 26) refers to a job-readiness program at the St. Louis Medium Security Institution (City Workhouse) that has been given by volunteers with Criminal Justice Ministry of St. Louis. Correctional interventions to improve the readiness of offenders to work …

May 01, 2015 12:00 am

Tell us about the victims instead of the sexual predators

Let me get this straight. The SORTS (Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services) program is a failure, because the Post-Dispatch and its reporter Jesse Bogan have deemed it so. Would you please start including, in your editorials, the expertise possessed by your publication that earn…

May 01, 2015 12:00 am Related

Arts programs can help with personal reform

Opening the Post Dispatch on April 28 to opinion pieces on Pages A10-11, it was striking that each page addressed a prison program: Missouri’s SORTS, from which “not one single person has re-entered society,” and the South Carolina Lee Correctional Institution’s BLIC program, which boasts su…

May 01, 2015 12:00 am Related

Honor the courage, conviction of Confederate soldiers

Regarding ("Confederate memorial might be relocated," April 23):

May 01, 2015 12:00 am

Confederacy was defeated, should not be honored

Regarding ("Confederate memorial might be relocated," April 23):

April 30, 2015 12:00 am
Wildlife rescuer was an incredible, energetic woman

Wildlife rescuer was an incredible, energetic woman

Regarding "Woman was rescuing opossum" (April 25) about the death of Sandie Konopelski:

April 30, 2015 12:00 am

St. Louis pedestrians violate law, common sense

Just returned to my hometown after a long absence. How many pedestrian deaths do you have each year in the city of St. Louis? In the first hour I was there, I observed three St. Louis University students slowly strolling in a crosswalk against the light with noses in their phones, a family w…

April 30, 2015 12:00 am

Take a regional approach to helping students in low-performing schools

Regarding J. Martin Rochester’s letter "Editorial wrongly directs blame for school transfer law" (April 28), his analysis ignores the complicated context and reasons for opposition to the transfer law. Few people believed the law was a solution to the academic challenges of the Normandy scho…

April 30, 2015 12:00 am Related

High debt keeps government from achieving the common good

Regarding E.J. Dionne's column on the common good ("The Gingrich-Adams lesson," April 23): Sure, the common good can be achieved per Newt Gingrich and John Quincy Adams, if government does not load the public with debt so high it will never paid off, but will continue to drain off huge sums …

April 30, 2015 12:00 am Related

Bigger problems for city than Confederate memorial

Regarding ("Confederate memorial might be relocated," April 23):

April 30, 2015 12:00 am

Law unfairly penalizes people who get tested for HIV

I am a person living with HIV. I am also a person who recognizes that my health condition is the only one criminalized in Missouri and 32 other states. The law doesn't care that I am on medications and it would be near impossible for me to transmit the virus. The law does not care if a condo…

April 29, 2015 12:00 am
Police on horseback project feelings of concern, safety

Police on horseback project feelings of concern, safety

Regarding "More mounted police officers will patrol St. Louis streets" (April 25):

April 29, 2015 12:00 am

For safety, keep mounted patrol only in Forest Park

In regard to "More mounted police officers will patrol St. Louis streets" (April 25), I’d like to say at first glance the idea seems a positive one. People in need of help or directions presumably might feel less threatened in the face of more approachable police officers. Also, who doesn't …

April 29, 2015 12:00 am

Delayed justice in jails should not be tolerated

Tucked back on Page A11 of the Sunday Post-Dispatch ("Lack of oversight obscures picture inside St. Louis jails") is Jesse Bogan's description of what goes on in St. Louis jails:

April 29, 2015 12:00 am

Government benefits help family to be independent, taxpaying citizens

Mr. Wussler of Oakville commented in his letter (April 22) that “it is not government’s job to take care of me!” He was responding to an earlier letter writer who referred to Republicans as people who “do not believe it is government’s job to care for us.”

April 29, 2015 12:00 am Related

Need immediate intervention to tackle gun violence

We applaud Washington University's commitment to study the important issue of gun violence in our community and across the nation. On April 21, we listened with interest as four panelists presented their ideas. Three of the panelists stressed the role of research and data in determining stra…

April 28, 2015 12:00 am Related

County residents deserve a vote on their own public safety

One of my top priorities as county executive is to ensure the public safety of our citizens.

April 28, 2015 12:00 am Related
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