Readers discuss who's to blame for the new Loop curfew, a teen's hanging death in Cahokia

DAILY RFT, JUNE 16, 2010
CHURCH OF JOE EDWARDS
Nothing holier than Joe's U. City Loop:
Step 1: Ban (black) teenagers from the Loop after midnight ["Teens Banned From U. City Loop after 9 p.m.," Chad Garrison].

Step 2: Ban (black) teenagers from the Loop after 10 p.m.

Step 3: Ban (black) teenagers from the Loop after 9 p.m.

Step 4: Ban (black) teenagers from the Loop.

Step 5: Run criminal checks for anyone (black people) walking between Big Bend and DeBaliviere.

Step 6: Allow only (white) patrons of Loop businesses to walk on the public streets of Delmar.

Step 7: Joe Edwards buys out the Loop and renames it "New Edwardsville."

Step 8: Joe is finally able to run the Loop as an entirely private entity and exert the type of extreme control over entrance and purchasing that he's been trying to wrangle for over a decade.

Step 9: New Edwardsville announces itself as a 21-plus district, along with a $20 cover charge to gain privilege to walk on the coveted streets that Joe Edwards created.

Step 10: Joe Edwards finally erects that golden idol of himself he's been planning on. The Church of Scientology is renamed the Church of Joe. All residents of New Edwardsville are required to tithe 25 percent of their income to the Church.

Step 11: After his passing, Joe Edwards' body is permanently displayed at the Church of Joe, with a $10 admission charge to see the all-powerful creator. His brain is frozen, awaiting a day when another profitable St. Louis neighborhood is infected with too many groups of coloreds.
ACLU Alert, via the Internet

Ban makes sense: It's smart to get the younger crowd out before the nightlife starts getting busy. No one wants to party with little kids — except Catholic priests.
Sure I Live In WestCo Now, via the Internet

DAILY RFT, JUNE 15, 2010
PAGEANT IS A JOKE
A shallow exercise: These pageant parents who spend tens of thousands of dollars for these girls to "get money for further education" are only kidding themselves ["Miss Missouri Pageant Under Way," Aimee Levitt]. They could send their daughters to school with the money they have spent over the many years they've participated in the pageant arena. Spin it however you want, but it's not like these competitions are free for someone to enter. There are travel expenses, gowns, shoes, hair and makeup people. It's all so superficial, which is why the pageants are having a hard time finding a network to broadcast them. Now with the economy the way it is, these tiara-toting girls are left out with no jobs to go to.
Seriously, via the Internet

FEATURE, JUNE 10, 2010
CAHOKIA'S SHAME
Whole community to blame for teen's death: I was born, raised and lived my entire adolescent and teenage life in Cahokia, Illinois ["Tears of a Town," Nicholas Phillips]. To hear what Lester Wells Jr. had to go through with home life and with no direction is utterly appalling. The fact that this child lived in a home that the police had to frequently visit for domestic abuse allegations shows a complete disregard by his parents for his welfare. A troubled home and parents who just don't care — I can't imagine the thoughts that passed through his head. We as a community are to blame for this misfortune, a decrease in civil values, segregation of the community and a total lack of humanistic respect. Blame the Cahokia police or children's services for not reporting or moving this child to a more nurturing environment. Blame the city for not harboring and encouraging a more integrated and interactive society and reinforcing societal boundaries and norms. This had nothing to do with race or the color of one's skin. It had to do with a poor young man who hadn't anywhere to go, hadn't the resources to relieve frustration and hadn't the people around him to encourage, support and lead him in the right direction. This is an example of a failed society, so don't point fingers or place blame on one another. Look deep into yourselves and ask, "What could I have done differently?"
Tony Demo, via the Internet

Erratum
Last week in Jessica Baran's review of Erik Spehn: Tape Drawings, we stated that Spehn's paintings are oil on canvas. In fact, they are acrylics on canvas.

 
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