Same name, different outfit: I had to write to clear up any confusion from last week's cover story about Debi Baker and her Rainbow Ranch Project. My Rainbow Ranch Inc. petting zoo and exotic farm just opened this summer in July. We're on the other side of Belleville, outside of Nashville, Illinois, about 45 miles east of St. Louis. It is a USDA-licensed roadside petting zoo with llamas, donkeys, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, cows and even a camel. I wanted to clarify that I'm in no way connected with Ms. Baker and her organization. I am definitely a for-profit facility and invite people to come out and take a tour.
Rainbow Ranch Inc.
Digging deep with the Worm: I couldn't agree more with the comments of state Senator Bill Kenney in the Worm column last week [August 21]. He wants to repeal the naming of Interstate 70 after Mark McGwire. McGwire's flash-in-the-pan record was broken as quickly as it was made. I'm sure McGwire doesn't even feel the naming was appropriate and wanted to get out of a town where he can't stand to be treated like a god. If you want to rename it after any athlete, look no further than Number 28, Marshall Faulk. He just set an NFL record, gaining 2,000 yards from scrimmage for four consecutive years. This [is] ... much more of a team record [than McGwire's]. Faulk will also be in St. Louis at least ten years. As a black man who grew up in an urban area, he has much more in common with the community this very highway runs through. He raises money and supplies for the area and is a role model for youth. While I don't know if any highway should be named after an athlete, if [I-70] in North St. Louis has any name, it should be Marshall's.
The People's Republic of Jill: Let it be known that I love Jill Posey-Smith like I have never loved another human being. I absolutely do not want to live in a world where there is no her. At best, we all pale in our poseurdom compared to her preach-it-sister realness. Yes, my spirit aches. Yes, truth and beauty are cool. Yes, my heart is heavy to the ground from the cultural mediocrity we are force-fed everyday. But the real point is that this is groundbreaking writing. Who writes about food like this? Who writes like this anymore? Somebody give her a column in the New York Times. Somebody give her a book deal. Or her own country.
New York City
Quit whining and produce: This letter is in response to your article on Lawrence Biondi [Eddie Silva, "Father Knows Best," August 14]. I don't doubt that the Reverend Biondi is autocratic and given to remembering slights from subordinates. He may even have questionable taste when it comes to his selection of artwork. However, as one who spent seven years on the St. Louis University campus in the business and law schools during a period well before his arrival, I can only say his contributions to the school and its reputation have been highly significant. I don't agree with many of the things the Reverend Biondi has done. And I don't know if selling the hospital was the best course of action or not. What I do know is that the Reverend Biondi took action and made many hard decisions. Trying to get consensus and a clear course of action from a bunch of professors and academics is like trying to herd cats. It's not It's not Biondi. It's not the administration. It's the professors.
Stan L. Deptula
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