Letters

Week of March 28, 2001

According to U.S. News & World Report, median household income in 1975 was $45,077. In 1998, it was $48,451. According to Business Week, CEO pay in 1980 was about 42 times worker pay. In 1999, the ratio of CEO pay to worker pay grew from 42 to 475. While the top 1 to one-half percent of the population continues to suck wealth out of the economy, what was middle-class America struggles to handle health-care and retirement benefits reduced by corporate America to improve profits. The workers are doing the work, buying the goods and paying the taxes that provide the profits in the first place. Shouldn't they be getting more, not less, of the benefits?
Jack H. Jones
St. CharlesCurtain Call
The feeling isso mutual: Cheers, Chris, I'm really going to miss you [Christopher Jackson, "Letters," RFT, March 14]. You're one of a kind.
Sally "Guffman" Cragin
via the Internet

Cliff Note
Cliff Froehlich, associate editor of the Riverfront Times, has resigned, effective April 6, to join the St. Louis International Film Festival as its executive director. Froehlich, who will continue as a freelance contributor to the newspaper, will be succeeded by music editor Randall Roberts. A new music editor will be named in two weeks.

Froehlich, 44, has been an integral part of this newspaper's growth. He first began contributing film reviews to the RFT in 1983 and has been a full-time editor and writer for the paper since 1987. During his tenure, he has been responsible for arts and entertainment coverage, directed the popular "Best of St. Louis" annual issues and supervised the production of innumerable special sections.

"I've had a hand in helping the RFT mature from a small, scruffy publication into a respected journalistic voice in St. Louis," Froehlich says. "I'm looking forward to guiding the St. Louis International Film Festival through similar growth."

Roberts, 35, began covering music for the RFT in 1995 and joined the newspaper in 1997 as the music editor. Roberts last year was recognized by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, a trade organization, as the top music writer among more than 120 nondaily member publications. As associate editor, Roberts will be in charge of the RFT arts and entertainment coverage. Roberts, who grew up in Edwardsville, Ill., received a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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