Animal cruelty, Guantanamo and dirty stares at coffee shops have RFT readers all wound up.

FEATURE, FEBRUARY 26, 2009
TORTURED TALE
Throw it on the dung heap: Torture, what torture ["Guantánamo's Final Days," Tim Elfrink and Jesse Hyde]? How the hell does a creepy, yellow socialist like the writer of this BS article know that this piece of dung was tortured while in captivity? Too bad the writer wasn't there in Afghanistan to get a grenade in his face, or better yet, wish he had been in the World Trade Center towers and been killed on 9/11, when his pals killed 3,000 U.S. citizens.
Martin Gerchen, St. Louis, via the Internet

STLOG, FEBRUARY 26, 2009
CHIMP CHATTER
Remembering Suzy: You're exactly correct ["Going Ape: Chimp Attack Recalls Festus Man's Story," Nick Lucchesi]. This is a whole different situation. In the Jason Coats case, Suzy was already laying on the ground, tranquilized and harmless, when Coats went back into the house and got his shotgun. The things he said when coming out of the house with the shotgun were a sure sign of a hunt. The courts would never have charged him for animal cruelty if he was defending himself, or if they thought he was in danger at the time of the shooting, regardless of what he is saying.

This is not about Coats and Suzy; this is about the irresponsible actions of the authorities in Connecticut and the great loss of a wonderful animal that never asked to be in a home or to be treated like a human. I feel sorry for Coats that he is taking this tragedy to make himself look like a victim. In no way was he threatened when he shot Suzy.
Judie Harrison, via the Internet

GUT CHECK, FEBRUARY 25, 2009
COFFEE-SHOP JITTERS
A cup of joe and a dirty look: The worst: The coffee shop I frequent (the only one, besides Starbucks, open past 4 p.m.) only has two outlets, a necessity for someone who plans on spending over an hour or so with a laptop ["Annoyed, Party of One," Brooke Foster]. I, too, get stared at even though I have more than plenty of things to cover the table and am the first one to offer my extra chairs up. As previously mentioned, I visit this place often. Very often. And most of the people who work there I've become very friendly with, if not good friends. Sometimes, when it is really important for me to work out of the house for a long period of time, I have them reserve the table, just in spite of those who give me dirty looks. I would also like to point out that it is never the staff who gives me dirty looks; they are very accommodating. It is always the other guests!

Glad someone feels the same.
Kelsey Borrowman, via the Internet STLOG, FEBRUARY 24, 2009
IT'S A DISGRACE
Sad commentary: The comments section of the Post-Disgrace brings out the absolute dregs of St. Louis ["If It Feeds, It Leads: Fat People, Denny's and a Post-Dispatch Conspiracy," Chad Garrison]. You read a horribly written article about a terrible crime, and then at the bottom are racist comment after racist comment.

What a joke.
Bob, via the Internet

STLOG, FEBRUARY 24, 2009
BUCK UP: BOW HUNTING IS HUMANE
And it makes financial sense: Wow, $125,000 of taxpayer money to humanely kill these nuisance deer ["The Buck Stops Here: Town & Country Makes It Open Season on Deer," Chad Garrison]. Why is the city so against urban bow hunters doing the job for free? This type of special-permit hunting has helped out multiple urban areas across Missouri, and it costs the taxpayers nothing! As both a rifle and bow hunter, I know that both are very humane and much better for the population than trapping and transporting.
D Randol, via the Internet

Seriously?: I am all for the trapping and sterilization of Town & Country residents. It's my fervent hope that this program takes off and spreads to neighboring municipalities such as Chesterfield and Creve Coeur.
Aurellio Cantona, via the Internet

 
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