By Ray Downs
By Lindsay Toler
By Danny Wicentowski
By Lindsay Toler
By RFT Staff
By Lindsay Toler
By Allison Babka
By Lindsay Toler
FEATURE, AUGUST 5, 2010
THE BISHOP'S INDULGENCES
Sigillito strayed: I ask God to have mercy on his soul ["White Collar Crime," Nicholas Phillips]. The entire Anglican Church stands in sorrow when one of the flock strays. We are reminded of the 99 and 1 — when the one was found, all rejoiced. In Christlike charity we can only welcome the stray, if the stray decides to return. Our prayers go out to those who have lost, ora pro nobis.
The Reverend W. R. Gardiner, via the Internet
Peace for the "dear" bishop: How horrible! Even though the allegations against the dear bishop are not yet proven, he needs peace. This sort of thing puts a stain on honest, loving and orthodox Anglicanism in St. Louis. This small group of Anglicans, under this bishop, is not a member of the larger Anglican presence in our city. The Great and Orthodox Anglicans would welcome this congregation (and even this potentially misguided bishop) into a loving and caring Anglican community that offers the proper oversight to assure that these sort of crimes do not occur. May he and his congregation be at peace!
Dan, via the Internet
Just wait for the afterlife: I know the people who have lost almost everything to this wiseguy. Sigillito has crushed people's lives, and he should pay dearly in this life or the next.
Jon, via the Internet
What about the Vogels? Sorry, but there are two Missouri attorneys who should, at the very least, be disbarred. They deserve to be facing a mountain of civil suits as well, but we'll have to wait and see if that is a recourse taken by many of the investors. Paul and Lynn Ann Vogel, both of whom are practicing attorneys, claim for months they received letters from Sigillito's clients, which led to them being informed that Sigillito was writing contracts stating Ms. Vogel was his attorney of record.
What action does Ms. Vogel take? Why, she claims she turned the letters over to her husband. And that's as much effort as she put forth. She didn't hire her own attorney; she did not inform investors of the lie; she in fact did nothing. And Mr. Vogel, other than claiming he approached Sigillito and told him to stop, also was apparently too busy with his social calendar to inform anyone of this lie apparently perpetrated without their knowledge. If that's not bad enough, Mr. Vogel put together a "due diligence" report, apparently for the benefit of his immediate family. But, he claims, he gave a copy of the report to Sigillito. Why? So he could impress his friend with his ability to write?
Again, without any evidence, all are told to believe Mr. Vogel's assurance that he did make up a couple of ground rules for Sigillito prior to turning over the report. Vogel claimed he required "that Sigillito inform the clients that they needed to do their own research and that Vogel was not their attorney." That's nice. But what did he expect Sigillito to do with the report, if not offer it as evidence to potential investors that this was a rock-solid way to make money on money?
This entire charade stinks. Sigillito clearly is a con man. But without the help of others in his circle of friends, his con would not have enjoyed the success it did for nearly a decade.
KP Ryan, via the Internet
DAILY RFT, AUGUST 4, 2010
PUPPY MILL CAPITAL OF THE COUNTRY
About time: Missouri puppy mills are a disgrace to my home state ["Missouri Puppy Mill Initiative Makes November Ballot," Sarah Fenske]. The mass production of dogs and cats must be stopped, not just for the moral reasons but also for the fiscal reasons. Homeless pets cost our states millions of dollars. But, more importantly, it is morally wrong to treat animals this way and breed them to death. I am very proud of my home state for finally doing something to stop this use and abuse of sentient beings!
Patty Shenker, via the Internet
A world without breeders: Seems to me that many people are trying to tell many other people what they can and can't do for a living. Regulating how many dogs one can own should not be the issue. Taking care of the animals you have should be the issue — it should be about care, not how many.
If the animal-rights nuts keep it up, at some point there will be no breeders, and then we will all be without the love of a pet. People who say "puppy mill" are very misinformed to believe that anyone breeding dogs is running one. It is a word brought about by the animal-rights crowd to try and make more money; it's not about the care of dogs as it should be. Too many people fall for their staged crap!
Having 100 dogs does not make one a puppy mill. Having even one dog that is hungry or cold and needs vet care and doesn't get it makes you a puppy mill.
Don't Ya Know, via the Internet