Readers clang on about the Loop's new trolley and new bike laws

DAILY RFT, JULY 8, 2010
A TROLLEY FOR THE LOOP
Clang! Clang! Clang! Twenty-four million dollars in funding? ["The Loop's Getting a Trolley," Nicholas Phillips] Wow. At least now all the teenage thugs will be able to get back and forth without walking. I'll have a harder time parking, and we will all have burned up 24 million bucks.
Anne E, via the Internet

Ding! Ding! Ding! Having public transportation will make parking much easier in the Delmar Loop. It will go all the way through the Loop, Forest Park and to the Missouri History Museum. This is such a wonderful addition to St. Louis, in which we will all benefit.
Jessica Bueler, via the Internet

Zing! Zing! Zing! They couldn't just get a couple of buses that look like trolleys for a few hundred thousand dollars? Seriously? We now have to install tracks and overhead power lines instead? Pork.
The Man, via the Internet

On a practical note: At least that pork stays in St. Louis instead of going to Nowhereville, U.S.A. If the pork is out there, going somewhere regardless, might as well be here. Go, Joe E.!
Eric, via the Internet

DAILY RFT, JULY 6, 2010
WHEN BICYCLISTS ATTACK
A call to unbunch panties: Whoa, Missy. Sounds like you're the one with the vendetta to take out a cyclist ["Illinois Cyclists Now Officially Protected by Law," Aimee Levitt]. If you're late to get somewhere, that's your fault, not the cyclist's in front of you. Cyclists can take a lane when conditions warrant it. So get your panties unbunched and just cool it. Inflammatory writing like yours is wrong, not to mention amateurish. I saw a great bumper sticker the other day: "You own your car, not the road." Believe it, sister, and just slow your butt down.
Bob, via the Internet

A call to grow up: Written like a true cager (yes, Aimee, look it up). Writing like this lowers my opinion of both you and your publication. All users of the road need to be treated with respect (and the only reason that automobiles are regulated like they are is the level of responsibility and extreme liability that comes with operating them). Grow up.
Steven Sylvester, via the Internet

And a call for better art: Is a stock photo of a Lincoln impersonator riding on the sidewalk, which is of course illegal, really the best choice here?

Part of the intent of this new law is to raise awareness that cyclists are legal users of the roads — reinforcing the common misconception that cyclists are to ride on the sidewalks is unfortunate.

Unfortunately, I've had many a driver roll down their window and yell, "Get back on the sidewalk!" (among many other things, most of which would get my comment here pulled).
Dan, via the Internet

FEATURE, JULY 1, 2010
PRAISING DR. WOLFF
A St. Louis star: Excellent article and wonderful story about Dr. Pat. ["Dr. Peanut," Aimee Levitt]. She does remarkable work and should be featured as a St. Louisan with a star on the Loop Walk of Fame, throw out the first pitch at the ball game, get a proclamation from Mayor Slay. In short, any honor available locally should come her way. The idea of becoming a franchisee is intriguing. Tough to fight Goliath without a slingshot, so just join his gang. The possibilities to expand her work seem great with this direction. Best of all things to her and her mission.
Tom Anselm, via the Internet

A missionary, deterred: I'm a thirteen-year-old with a severe peanut allergy. I read your article about Dr. Patricia Wolff's effort to battle child malnutrition in Haiti with peanut butter. I wish she would use soy butter instead. Your article said that peanut allergies are rare in Third World countries; however, that was the case in the United States years ago. While I'm not a scientist, my theory is there are so many peanut allergies in the U.S. because my parents' generation ate too much peanut butter. This could happen to the next generation of Haitians. If a child in Haiti has an allergic reaction to peanut butter, he or she probably wouldn't have an EpiPen or wouldn't be able to get to a hospital in time to be saved.

Also, it makes me sad that I won't be able to go to Haiti on a mission trip because the country is surrounded by peanut butter.
Megan Hammersmith, via the Internet

 
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