Too many guns: an architect’s view

Access to too many guns defeats building safety

America has too many guns. Almost every week unnecessary deaths and avoidable slaughter occur in individual or mass killings of innocent people. Since 2001 needless U. S. gun deaths, CNN reports, have averaged over 30,000 per year,  and only a tiny percentage…

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Fake news: free speech?

Fake news and a “right to lie”… Many are hurling charges and counter-charges of fake news these days, including the tellers of falsehoods and their apologists themselves. They assert that the First Amendment gives them the right to spread lies. Are we…

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Disturbed child risks all, finds himself

disturbed child -= Cover image for Eccles Cakes showing author as a boy, smiling

Jonathan Fryer’s moving account of  a disturbed child  who  comes of age is fraught with obstacles in his path to self-awareness. He must follow his best instincts to learn about the world, although it requires arduous travel and great risks, the biggest…

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Houston, can you read me? –Heartbroken in St. Louis

St. Louis, Sept. 1, 2017: Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city. While capable first responders, an able governor and alert local officials  have worked around the clock and taken decisive measures to rescue marooned residents and begin recovery,…

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Guam: America retook it at great cost

Ben on Guam

In light of North Korea’s threats to attack Guam, we should consider the sacrifice America made to retake and hold what American military leaders called “the  key to the Pacific.” This strategic island in the Marianas chain includes Guam, Saipan and Tinian,…

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Writers conference founders receive Superheroes award

Last weekend, St. Louis Writers Guild’s Board presented Brad R. Cook, event chairman, and David A. Lucas, President, with the new Superheroes award, in recognition of their audacity, leadership and success in creating a new event on the St. Louis literary calendar.…

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