News Real, June 1, 2006
The premise that we decided to start a Saturday market whether or not it was a good idea is wrong. We had received almost 1,000 surveys through our Web site (www.tgmarket.org), with 80 percent of respondents saying they preferred Saturday. Now we are up to over 2,000 surveys and the percentages are nearly identical. We developed the market around the demand and then focused on the supply.
Finally, the vendor count was misleading. We have averaged eighteen food vendors each week, of which fourteen are farmers.
We will be working with urban farms in the city to help meet our demand, as well as with other regional farmers to form cooperatives and bring in more first-time market vendors. These new growers will meet quality guidelines; our ultimate goal is to provide healthy, local food that is affordable and accessible to all city residents.
Patrick Horine, market master, Tower Grove Farmers' Market
Letters, June 1, 2006
I'm actually surprised this attack is coming from the far left, but as the lead vocalist for the group, I challenge Mr. Burleigh to put his lyrics up against my own, and ask him if he really feels that our artistic differences mean more to him than our sharing common political enemies. Oh, and as far as the electric saxophone goes, guilty as charged. But it gets much worse. We also have a violist.
Bryan Simmons, Clayton
Feature, May 25, 2006
I wish these girls luck finding a venue. I can't wait to see them in next year's national tournament, and I'm looking forward to lacing up in my hometown after I get my degree. Roller derby will never die!
Kate Barnidge, Tucson, Arizona
A to Z, May 11, 2006
I enjoy reading spectacular articles like this one about young striving artist in the Lou, especially my longtime friend Puff. Over the years I have seen him become everything and more than he has strived to be. I'm just patiently waiting like so many others to see him reach the status of Nelly or Chingy.
Mark Neal, St. Louis
Rotations, May 11, 2006
Where are the bands today that actually stand for something and just rock? They aren't to be seen at all behind all the whining crybaby sixteen-year-old bands who just lost a girlfriend.
Some advice: Buy a ticket and attend a live Pearl Jam show and then rethink this horrible opinion.
Bryce Yetter, Berkeley
News Real, April 12, 2006
If Dan has a fault, it would be his inability to say "no" to the many charitable organizations he and his company support. He is a man of great character and integrity who chooses to perform his work behind the scenes rather than bask in the limelight he so absolutely deserves.
We, like many others, are proud to call Dan Apted a friend, and St. Louis is fortunate to have such an invested citizen.
Pete and Elizabeth Makulec, Glendale
For the kids: Mark Pollman sounds like a fascinating character. I don't really know him, but I wish him well. I do know Dan Apted. As the founder of KUTO (Kids Under Twenty One), a United Way crisis and suicide-prevention agency for teens, I got to know him well. He was 110 percent behind me from the first day I asked him to help. He gave time, money and effort from the heart. "It's for the kids," he'd say, again and again. KUTO is only one St. Louis charity thriving thanks to Dan. He deserves better.
Judy Crowell, Frontenac
Dan's the man: Years ago we established a charity event to help young men and women who wish to attend private schools but don't possess the financial resources. Dan Apted has been a very instrumental part of the success of this program. He gives of his time as well as his money. More importantly, he has a passion and commitment to reach out and help other people.
Dan is a kind, gentle man who will go out of his way to help others in a time of need. I firmly believe that a person should be judged by the type of individuals they bring into this world. That being said, it has also been my pleasure to get to know Dan's daughter, Danielle, through a business relationship. Danielle has been a pleasure to be associated with because of her enthusiasm, business savvy and her ethics. We need to applaud individuals for their caring and for their character. Dan Apted is an example of the type of individual I am proud to know and be associated with.
David Sabada, Manchester
Erratum "Down Time," published May 25 in our annual "Summertime St. Louis" guide, reported incorrect information regarding accidents at area skydiving facilities. According to press reports, two parachutists have died as a result of accidents at Quantum Leap Skydiving Center: one in 1999 and the second in 2004. A skydiver was fatally injured at Archway Skydiving Center in 1993. Archway has since changed ownership.
The owners of both centers say no serious accidents have occurred in the past year at their facilities.
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