By Lindsay Toler
By Chad Garrison
By Brett Koshkin
By RFT Staff
By Lindsay Toler
By Riverfront Times
By Danny Wicentowski
By Pete Kotz
Letters, July 13, 2006Ruckus Redux Educating Rita: In her letter regarding Randall Roberts' June 14 story "Ruckus on Cherokee," Gravois Park Block Link Neighborhood Association president Rita Ford indicts Roberts for not doing his "homework." But she erroneously succumbs to hearsay as grounds for deductive reasoning.
Given that Ms. Ford was not present at the Radio Cherokee conditional-use hearing on July 3, she is unaware of what was said by whom. The proceedings are public record, so I suggest she do her homework and brush up a bit on her research skills. Attacking purported falsehoods with hearsay is highly flawed logic.
If the RFT prints this letter, thankie, thankie for the additional "free publicity."
Galen Gondolfi, Radio Cherokee, St. Louis
Music, July 13, 2006
A to Z, July 13, 2006
One vote for Strawfoot: I was a bit surprised when I saw the nominees for this year's Riverfront Times Music Awards and found Strawfoot noticeably absent from both the Americana and New Band categories. In all the time I've been going to local shows, none has made a greater impact, or helped a genre and accompanying bands, more. There are few shows in town that produce a larger, more enthusiastic crowd than Strawfoot. I really believe an injustice has been served to one of the hardest-working bands in St. Louis, a band that has dedicated itself not only to promoting the music scene, its bands and St. Louis as a whole.
Jason Hodge, St. Louis
Make that two votes for Strawfoot: As an independent record producer and engineer, I cannot believe you overlooked the best Americana/Roots band in the St. Louis area: Strawfoot. Not even a nod? Not even a mention? I guess y'all don't really have a pulse on what the "good" bands are doing?
Aaron Williams, St. Louis
Feature, July 6, 2006
No one is a bigger supporter of the "boondoggles before neighborhoods" strategy than County Executive Charlie Dooley. When Dooley first ran for the county council in 1994, the developers and other special interests contributed nearly $100,000 to his campaign. They have kept the money flowing ever since and Dooley backs them virtually 100 percent in return.
Pine Lawn and many neighboring cities were in the council district Dooley represented for nearly ten years until he became county executive when Buzz Westfall died. (Westfall was also a big boondoggle supporter.) While many areas in his district declined, Dooley always supported the big projects backed by the concrete cartel.
A notable example of this was Dooley's support of $110 million of county tax dollars to help finance the new Busch Stadium. County residents were overwhelmingly opposed, but it didn't matter to Dooley. Nearly $300 million of county tax revenue is now going for downtown sports stadiums.
In 2004 a University of Missouri study found St. Louis County lost $2.6 billion in household income from 1993 through 2003. As neighborhoods deteriorate and become more dangerous to live in, more people and businesses have moved out of the county. Misplaced priorities come with a steep price.
Tom Sullivan, Clayton
Music, July 6, 2006
The south-city music scene is really blossoming. Continue to keep your ear to the south side; maybe even think about listening in a little more.
Brian Heffernan, St. Louis
Cafe, April 27, 2006