Letters to the Editor

Mr. Bonwich is fun to read; he gives entertaining and concise reviews without all of the meandering volume of useless information that Ms. Posey-Smith offers up.

I, for one, hope to see more of Joe's reviews.
By the way, I just flipped to the "Letters to the Editor" section to see how people sign off their names and noticed another letter to the editor where "self-important" was used to describe Ms. Posey-Smith. Just to let you know -- total coincidence!

Chris Cervellere-Waldow

LIE DETECTOR

To the Editor:
As one who was referenced in the article "The Conviction of Tim Dreste" (RFT, May 12), I would like to make a few observations.

First of all, I must say I was surprised -- no, shocked -- at the overall accuracy of the article, particularly in regard to the description of the early days of the pro-life activist movement, with which I'm more familiar.

While Ray Hartmann pontificates about pro-life "lies," the reality has always been that the ultimate lie is the idea presented to mothers and fathers by the abortionists that the way to solve their problems is by killing their children. Through the years, abortionists have used every "legal" means possible to rid themselves of the activists because, as Tim pointed out in the article, we were successful in rescuing some children and their parents from the horror of abortion by bringing them the truth and offering hope. We came in broad daylight, insisted upon nonviolence, faced arrest and spent our time in jail. And while the abortionists would publicly proclaim that our efforts did not deter any abortions from being committed on a given day, in their numerous lawsuits they claimed quite the opposite. Indeed, that is the basis of their racketeering ploy -- pro-life activists were costing abortionists money by keeping their business away.

I've often wondered what the pro-aborts (and that includes those of you who hide behind the respectability of "I would never have an abortion but ...") would say to the children we were able to rescue, the oldest of whom are about to complete 10th grade? Would you tell them that they were "harassed" into living by pro-life activists?

And here's some food for thought: What do we tell this younger generation, which has known nothing but "the culture of death," as they struggle to understand why death has invaded their school halls? After all, with artificial birth control and abortion more readily accessible than ever in the history of the world, this is the utopia Planned Barrenhood promised us: This is the "wanted" generation. But they are, in reality, all the survivors of a war which took the lives of over a third of their classmates before they could even be born (and with partial-birth abortion as they were being born). Should we really be surprised then, when some of their number decide to use death as a solution to their problems? Perhaps they have learned our lesson all too well.

John P. Ryan

IN THE DARK

To the Editor:
This is most interesting. The two major print-media outlets in town have both attributed to the Bible a saying that is not in the Bible ("it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness") ("Short Cuts," RFT, May 26).

I am not surprised that The Riverfront Times did not catch this. Thomas Crone has proven himself an ignorant ass in other contexts. It does however, say volumes about the state of fact-checking at the Post-Dispatch.

I will not tell you the real source of the quote. Buy your own Bartlett's.
John L. Kahler

OFF CENTER

To the Editor:
I am curious to know why the center music section has been moved. For me, being in a band and enjoying the nightlife in St. Louis, this is the most valuable section of the RFT.

The last couple of issues I had to muddle through to locate it, finding it way in the back. The advertisers that have been faithful to the side strips must also feel somewhat cheated, as this was the section that everybody could open up to and see what was going on in this city of ours. Please change the format back so those of us who use it can find it with ease.

Ray knew what he was doing. Why did you change something that worked so well for so many years?

Wren Coleman

CRITICAL CONDITION

To the Editor:
I just wanted to take a minute to commend you on the fabulous article entitled "Internal Bleeding" (RFT, April 28). I was very impressed at the fact that the nurses were finally able to let the public know who is really caring for them and why they cannot ever get a nurse when they call. I will also let you know that you couldn't find an RFT around BJC if your life depended on it. (Nervous, are they?)

Unfortunately, I believe the quality of nurses graduating from schools these days is not up to par, either. I do not want to sound like an old, bitter "Nurse Ratched" (I graduated in 1992). Nurses in school today are spending more time doing paperwork for instructors than spending time on the floor doing actual patient care. The idea is, "That is a nurse-tech job. I do not need to know how to do that." The definition of "that" includes general-comfort measures such as offering back rubs, changing dirty linens, brushing hair and teeth, walking patients and even offering bedpans. You would be surprised at the number of new graduate nurses who cannot draw blood or start an IV line because they think "someone else will do that."

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