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With Suffering, There Can Come Solace

By Tom Anselm

Why is there suffering in the world? That is a question that has been on my mind lately. There seems to be more of it now than at any time I have been alive. But maybe it is just that I am more aware of it. Like young people dying of cancer or accident or by their own hands, and their passing bringing so much sadness, so much loss. Or like the terrible events that are unfolding in Africa and in the Middle East of wanton massacres based on so-called religious mandates. Or plane crashes, or children with terrible illnesses. Or people with debilitating emotional conditions.

There is a saying that everything happens for a reason, and that

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Dining Divas

Maplewood Restaurant is One

Of a Kind with Dining Divas

**Lisa Kampeter photo** revised   It was a pleasant spring evening. You know the kind. Jacket weather. Not quite warm enough for flip flops but warm enough to question wearing boots. The pollen hadn’t started to attack yet. The bees and flies were still south for the winter.   And the sunset was such a lovely site. That’s what I remember thinking walking into the Dining Diva destination for this past month. What a wonderful night!

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Maybe it’s Best to Let Stan And Rams Go, Find a Team With New Local Ownership

**Randy Gardner photo**By Randy Gardner

Wow, is all I can say. Stan Kroenke will just not give up will he? He has more options on his plate than a dinner at a smorgasbord.

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Sometimes I Get it Right; Made the Right Call on Bradford For Foles Trade

**Randy Gardner photo**By Randy Gardner

Every once in a while a blind squirrel will find a nut and that is luckily what happened to me. A few weeks ago I had mentioned in my column to just dump Sam Bradford and eat his salary and move on. Get a big name QB with a big name and then draft a young quarterback to be mentored behind him.

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Column Gives Freedom to Write My Views, But Readers Have Voices, Too

Tom Anselm pg 2 (run color this tgime)A Boomer’s Journal

By Tom Anselm

I have many blessings in my life, not the least of which is my wonderful wife and family. One of those blessings is be able to express my opinions every two weeks in this newspaper.

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Newest Stadium Plans Are Very Impressive

**Randy Gardner photo**By Randy Gardner

How about those new renderings of the stadium that is proposed for downtown St. Louis and the Rams? No matter how you feel about it financially, you have to admit that it is a beautiful stadium and that it would be a great addition to the St. Louis riverfront and skyline.

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