Week of February 7, 2001

I think running the campaign only in St. Louis is a mistake. After all, most of the 70 percent who have always lived here aren't going anywhere, and of those who are inclined to move, they are unlikely to be conned by the RCGA's propaganda to stay. As for the 30 percent not from St. Louis, they are either here because they are from places that are less desirable than St. Louis or were transferred by corporations that love Missouri's low wages and pro-business labor laws. This latter group is out of here as soon as retirement or a better deal comes along.

It would be far more effective to run the ads in big cities and convince people to come to St. Louis. If life in big cities is so rough and St. Louis offers so much, it should be an easy sell. Then the only thing the RCGA needs to do is to get the natives to be less cliquish, insular and narrow-minded and more welcoming of newcomers and those who didn't go to the same high school. Good luck.
Name withheld by request
St. Louis

If you're good, keep quiet: D.J. Wilson deserves to be called neither a nihilist nor an asshole for poking fun at the "ain't-St.-Louis-great?" media campaign ["Letters," RFT, Jan. 17]. It's like my mother told me: If you're good, you don't have to tell anybody. Public-service-announcement media time should be devoted to something more substantive.
Steve Olafson
Lake Jackson, Texas

Pick on Tulsa or Memphis instead: After reading the criticisms of D.J. Wilson's column on the new St. Louis promotional campaign [Wilson, "Short Cuts," RFT, Jan. 10], I have to wonder about the naïveté of some readers. From what I see and hear from the commercials already aired, I must agree with Wilson. The commercials are pathetic and juvenile. I mean, what is their point? That people are forced to parachute to work in LA or limit hygiene in Chicago in order to afford living there? If the writers were going for humor, they missed by a country mile.

If the producers of the commercials wanted to make a point about St. Louis being better than some other place, they should have picked on Tulsa or maybe Memphis. Boston's sports teams may suck, but the city is a hub of colonial history. And they're smart enough there not to tear down historic buildings to make room for another office building.
Brad Walker
Edwardsville, Ill.

Guilt by Nomination
Bush must be a bigot, too: The article outlining reasons to reject the nomination of John Ashcroft [Ray Hartmann, "Hartmann," RFT, Jan. 17] was right on target and very informative. Thank you for printing it.

Something not mentioned in the article is the implications his nomination has concerning President Bush. Can any American with good sense believe that the president would appoint someone with such demonstrable prejudices and biases if he himself did not agree with them? It simply stands to reason that if Bush appoints this bigot, he shares in the bigotry. The same can be said for those senators who supported and ultimately approved the nomination.
Richard Cottingham
West Point, Va.

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