"I only remember a stuck-up doctor's kid who, when he got with his football player buddies, was one of the bullies."

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Feature, January 18, 2007

Huck You

Hate Huck: Tom Huck talks about bullies and such in Potosi and how it is a horrible town ["Evil Ink," Ian Froeb]. I went to school at the same time he did here and only remember a stuck-up doctor's kid who, when he got with his football player buddies, was one of the bullies. He was one of the problems, not suffering from bullying from others. Tom Huck can go to hell.
Phillip "Nick" Nixon, Potosi

Hate Huck: Tom Huck was a bully himself in high school. He was the rich kid who could get away with anything due to his father's money. He would taunt everybody else and act untouchable. Calling Potosi a horrible place is him trying to make it appear that he is from a tortured background and all filled with angst. Simply trying to sell himself through lies. Maybe you should have researched your story on him a bit more, asked some of his alumni their opinions.
Peter Amthor, Potosi

Heart Huck: I graduated with Tommy Huck (sorry, Tom). Anyway I think his work is great, and I know he probably did put up with a lot of crap. Small town, small minds. Anyway, the next time you talk to him, tell him an old schoolmate said hi and great job. I'm glad to see his art paid off. There was a mention of his appearance, but it looks like art can be deceiving. Under it all Tommy was always a good guy, and I'm sure he still is. Congratulations and take care!
Kathy (Wilkinson) Halbert, Irondale

Keep It Down! January 18, 2007

Sip Tip

Liquid courage: Malcolm Gay's column about VOSS Artesian Water from Norway is correct: VOSS is expensive compared to tap water. Where his article erred was the comparison with Dasani. Dasani is best for those who like the taste of indigo-colored plastic.
David Lange, Chesterfield

Feature, January 4, 2007

When She Dreams, She Runs

Cool Kerri! I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Kristen Hinman's piece on Kerri Morgan, "Ready to Rumble." I have worked with Kerri for a couple of years, and I think Kristen's story captured her and her personality/spirit/life perfectly. I especially loved the fact that you were able to write about the funeral. Kerri told me about cramming into the ICU but didn't mention the funeral directors lowering the casket. Kristen's words made me feel like I was there.

I also loved the end — I cried when I read it the first time, and I cry whenever I tell someone that when Kerri dreams, she runs!
Judy Martin, Media Relations Department, Washington University School of Medicine

Unreal, January 4, 2007

Pooch Corner

Must-love dog: Thank you for Unreal's "Must Love Dogs" concerning PETA's unconventional "personal ad" for Misty, which is one of our more creative efforts to raise awareness about chained, neglected dogs.

Unfortunately, Misty's plight is by no means unique. Dogs relegated to a chain or kennel 24 hours a day are often deprived of even the most basic care. Growing puppies are often found with too-small collars imbedded in their necks because their owners never bothered to change them. Some dogs subsist — barely — on chicken bones and other scraps that cause nutritional deficiencies. Many never see a vet and suffer and die from injuries and diseases that could easily be prevented and treated.

Most cities and counties require that animals at the very minimum be provided with adequate food, water and shelter. If you see a dog going without these necessities, please report it to authorities. Your call could save a life. Visit www.BanChaining .com for more information on how to help chained and neglected dogs.
Alisa Mullins, senior writer, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Norfolk, Virginia

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