Letters to the Editor

Published the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2000

I believe the change benefits all cyclists -- rarely does any group meeting in Columbia or Waterloo, Ill., exceed 50 persons. The only groups that exceed 50 cyclists are usually rides organized by folks like Tom Yarbrough and Hostelling International, which cause traffic problems wherever they take place. You only need to look at the photograph at the top of the "Road Warriors" article to see the problem with large groups of bike riders. See the group of riders just about to crest the hill? They cover the road completely. What happens when a car comes over the hill from the other direction? It's understandable why some people are upset.
Charlie Warner

Eight years ago, Bally Health Clubs used bait-and-switch techniques to talk me into an expensive long-term contract. I wrote Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon's office a letter of complaint, and Bally promptly let me out of my contract at no charge. Nixon remains my one and only example of a politician who has done something directly on my behalf. I have supported him ever since.

It saddens me to hear that Nixon is suing Benetton because of their "We, on Death Row" campaign ("Killer Campaign," RFT, Aug. 16). I feel this to be groundless, politically motivated and a waste of taxpayers' money. I feel that he is letting his own views on the death penalty come between him and the public's best interests. As death-penalty opponent and free-speech advocate, I cannot support Nixon in the coming election. Unless he withdraws his lawsuit, this will be the first time in my voting life that I have not voted for him.
David Noble Dandridge

I am responding to Sally Cragin's hatchet job of a review of Jim Danek's new play, Kitchy Kitchy Koo ("Stage Fright," RFT, Aug. 16). Now, as of this writing I have not seen the play, and that's intentional. My response is to Cragin's style of criticism, not to Danek's play. Kitchy Kitchy Koo may be good or bad, I don't know. My point is, there's a way to say something and a way to cushion your negativity. Bob Wilcox was a master at that. Once again, ol' gray-haired Sally Cragin is up to her nasty, catty, bitchy and cruel self, slicing and dicing poor Danek's play with phrases like "a leaden evening of unrelieved, cringe-making tedium" and something that happened in the lobby after the play that "only (made) the painful duty of reporting this worse." Then guess what you should do, Ms. Cragin? Put yourself out of your misery and don't go next time! Do us all a favor and spare us another spewing of your poorly written put-downs. Cragin has attacked one of my plays before, but I've got a thick skin and I can take it -- hell, I don't think a Sherman tank would stop me from getting one of my shows on. I do worry, though, about a more sensitive writer. A blast like that from a hack like Cragin might stop a budding Tennessee Williams in his tracks. Cragin is doing the aspiring playwrights in this town a great disservice with her venomous type.
Christopher Jackson

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