By Lindsay Toler
By Chad Garrison
By Brett Koshkin
By RFT Staff
By Lindsay Toler
By Riverfront Times
By Danny Wicentowski
By Pete Kotz
Cover, July 27, 2006Bushladen Fallout Low and sleazy: Your depiction of President Bush as a terrorist, specifically Osama Bin Laden, on the cover of your paper is a tribute to just how low and sleazy you will sink to make a point. To superimpose any American's picture onto the body of Osama Bin Laden is an insult to the thousands of American civilians and military who have died as a result of the 9/11 attacks and the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
I have always found your paper's politics to be questionable, but this cover leaves no doubt in my mind that your morals are beyond questionable; they are nonexistent. Have some respect for your fellow Americans, even if you have none for President Bush, and apologize for the abomination that is on your cover.
Susan Boland, Chesterfield Pandering to our demographic: I happened to notice the cover of your "news"weekly and was appalled by what I saw — a picture of the president of the greatest country in the world made to appear like Bin Laden. You traitors are a real treat. You can't stand the fact that someone has the balls to stand up for what is right while you hide behind the First Amendment with your cowardly selves trying to get your worthless message across to any high-school-dropout, drug-using anal-copulation queen who will read it. Good luck. Call me sometime, pussy.
Kurt R. Kostecki, Cottleville
Feature, July 27, 2006
I also find the implication that 9/11 was a conspiracy and that no airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon simply insane! This "theory" is also a total act of disrespect to the memory of those Americans killed by the terrorist attacks.
I believe that Dave vonKleist and his so-called "followers" should be labeled "anti-American terrorist lovers" and forced to leave the United States of America.
Luis Martinez, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland Remember Galileo: Please accept my gratitude for the deeply patriotic feature piece you published on the 9/11 Truth Movement. Much as it was heresy to suggest that the world was round in the days of Galileo, today questioning the notion that dark-skinned people from far away are out to get us is the distinguishing mark of brave journalism. Indeed, what if the inconvenient truth is that the war on terrorism and its opening act — the events of 9/11 — are not, and have never been, what they seem? It is the irresistible call of truth that propels the men and women of the 9/11 Truth Movement whom you interviewed for your piece. I recommend a follow-up piece looking into the hard physical evidence of the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings. Let the honest facts speak, and let the chips fall where they may. That is the journalism we need. Patriotism requires that we exercise the rights our ancestors fought and died for. We must have the courage to investigate, as you have done with this piece.
Tony Brasunas, San Francisco, California
Cafe, July 27, 2006
A cheerful farewell to Rose and her wonderful way with words. I can only hope that the next critic is as eloquent and honest.
Dean Berry, Columbus, Indiana
Keep It Down, July 27, 2006
This is very much a central concept of the Slow Food movement, which at its core holds natural and traditional production techniques to be the basis for the most delicious products to be found — whether AOC French cheese or a beautiful goat cheese from Goatsbeard Farm in Harrisburg. But in my experience this type of quality-driven producer is extremely rare in Missouri, and those who are of this mind struggle to attain economic viability in a market obsessed with one-stop shopping. Paradoxically, as the demand for quality artisanal foods has increased exponentially in recent years, farmers' markets have seen a significant drop in sales.
Beth Barham's dream of establishing appellations for Missouri regional producers is a noble one but seems to be a classic cart-before-the-horse scenario. How can Missouri's artisan producers compete in a global market when they're barely rewarded for their endeavors in their own backyard? Shouldn't our producers be in high demand in the local market first? If Missouri's growers are ever to need such a protective structure as the French AOC, then it will come out of necessity because our wine, cheeses and meats are of such a high quality and in such great demand that people are trying to make forgeries of these products.
In the age of "We Sell for Less" and the Martha Stewart grocery-store experience south of the Galleria, Barham's vision is nothing short of a fairy tale. We too dream of a thriving rural economy in the Midwest, but it can only happen if the people of the urban centers want to buy the farmer's bounty. "Eat it to save it," indeed.
Sam Hilmer and Joanna Duley, Claverach Farm and Vineyards, Eureka
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