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Letters, April 5, 2007Jujitsugate What it is: In response to Rob Miley's letter, Molly Langmuir's article on Jermaine Andre was exactly that ["Bow to Your Sensei," March 29]. It was meant to be a history of a local fighter/teacher and the trials and tribulations that he went through. To argue that the article was disrespectful to Brazilian jujitsu is absurd. Everyone who is a fan of mixed martial arts has or will eventually run across the fact that without Royce Gracie, this sport would not be what it is today.
"Bow to Your Sensei" was about Jermaine, his school, his students, Skip Ohlsen's promotion, and not meant to be an all-inclusive history of the UFC. Rob Miley, I understand that you may feel disrespected that BJJ was not mentioned, but Jermaine primarily teaches Muay Thai and Sambo. That is how his students won their fights.
Matt Norris, O'Fallon, Illinois
News Real, March 22, 2007
Since this happened in December 2006, I have been unable to think of anything else, I am very much paranoid to leave my apartment and I always feel as if I'm being watched. Intimacy is not the same, and I no longer wear thongs. I feel as if some of my female dignity has been stolen. Unfortunately, I am still living in Cypress Village. In order for me to feel safe, I have invited family members to live with me until I find a new place to call home. I would hate for another young woman to experience this, as I have many females in my family.
I would be willing to share my story in further detail with Kristen Hinman, as I know police reports may give vague impressions of how truly devastating it was.
Name withheld by request, Bridgeton Somebody needs to do something: It was very informative and almost a relief that someone is actually addressing one of many security problems at Cypress Village Apartment Complex. When I personally have asked for better security here, their response is that they have rented to various police officers and offer them rent discounts for living here. However, there is rarely any police patrolling or presence until after a crime or incident. It amazes me that this complex apparently continues to be awarded apartment management of the year awards. The Berkshire Management Co. is apparently only interested in the bottom line and not the overall safety of one of their many communities and the people who live in it. Thanks for bringing all of this to light. Maybe the bad publicity on one of their problems will give them a wake-up call. One can only hope! Thank you.
Name withheld by request, Bridgeton Not funny: Thank you for Kristen Hinman's rather scary article on the sexual predator in the Cypress Village area. However, I think the article title, "Thong Bandit," the subtitle, "A Bridgeton intruder has women's panties in a knot," the "evidence" photo, the quote from Laina Ayala ("My thong was in pain") and especially the cover of the RFT all contributed to giving the story a lighthearted and almost amusing spin. There is nothing amusing about sexual assault — even at the current level of the guy at Cypress Village.
Peter Wollenberg, St. Louis And the price of tea in China...: Kristen Hinman strikes again. Last go-round, in her news article on Valley Park ("Taco Whoever," March 15), she tells us who's a truck driver and living unmarried (gee, in a state of sin?) with his girlfriend — like that's so uncommon these days. This week's "news," the Thong Bandit crime wave, has to throw in the totally irrelevant cost of rent at the Cypress Village Apartments. Would there be more coverage if the rent was $1,200? Maybe because more of the lost panties would have come from Victoria's Secret? What about a lower rent — wouldn't that imply less coverage, since low-income tenants might be buying from Kmart, or even Dollar General? What hack coverage! Please try to find writers who know what real news and real issues really are. By the way, the various comments and opinions about Valley Park employers and landlords becoming "immigration police" if they have to check documents is at best disingenuous, and at worst a load of bovine manure. Employers are currently required, and have been for some time, to check potential employees' documents and to see if they are authorized to work in the U.S. Check it out yourself: What really are the lists of documents one must show an employer? Try passport, driver's license, birth certificate, state-issued ID card, etc. — or a combination: one from List A, or two from List B, or two from C and one from B, etc. In any case, being an "immigration cop" is already here for employers.
Chris Byrne, south St. Louis County
Letters, March 22, 2007