Café, January 10, 2008
Duck, Ian, duck!
Ian gets F-bombed: Now, I realize that what Ian Froeb attempted to do in "Just Ducky" is classic New Times: Write something deliberately offensive and wait for the angry, teary letters to roll in, of which the editor will print only the most inarticulate and emotionally overwrought, followed by a snide "last word" response from Ian Froeb. That must be so validating. And since nearly all of his Gut Check blog entries are followed by zero reader comments, I'm pretty sure I'm on to something here. However, I also realize that his lack of empathy is likely quite sincere, and any attempt to educate him would be fruitless. So fuck you. Fuck you and your over-privileged, deliberately uninformed existence. I hope being a gross asshole is worth creating the buzz he needs to keep his job for another year.
Kimberly McClelland, St. Louis
RFT food critic enjoys suffering birds: I think the most despicable human quality would be indifference to the suffering of other living creatures. Oh wait, I can think of something worse: indulging in that suffering for pleasure. And that's exactly what restaurant reviewer Ian Froeb brags about doing in his review of the new restaurant Araka. The more the ducks suffer, the more pleasure for the despicable Mr. Froeb. Shameful.
William Sanford, St. Louis
Film, December 27, 2007
Knock off the F-Word
Strive to be less offensive: Sometimes I ask my son to choose a film to see and he may read the blurb written about it, which was the case for Robert Wilonsky's review of Charlie Wilson's War, "Moolah for Mullahs." I don't appreciate that Wilonsky needed to refer to a character as a "fucked-up hero." I don't see the relevancy of the remark and feel a person with a gift for words could find one less offensive. By the way, do these "critics" like any movie they see? They seem to trash them all. Everything cannot be an epic worthy of an Academy Award, but they can still entertain.
Toni Morris, O'Fallon
Feature, December 6, 2007
No Tears for Fabbri
He's just another lawyer gone bad: "Guilt Edged" by Kristen Hinman, the story about former attorney Frank Fabbri, must have been intended to bring tears to one's eyes about mistreated lawyers. While I tend to be sympathetic toward most underdogs, one must not forget the stealth and cupidity of the legal profession. This is a "good ole boys" network of continual infractions and misbehaviors that are brushed under the rug. The Supreme Court Code of Conduct sounds good, but they only enforce it if the attorney's behavior is too obvious and embarrassing. Otherwise, attorneys are allowed to operate much like man-eating tigers in the jungle. If one writes a complaint to the Supreme Court about a lawyer, he should be prepared to find the honorable judges blind as bats and not able to read English, or see beyond the gated, fenced-in neighborhoods in which they live.
Steve Erdmann Sr., St. Louis
News Short, November 8, 2007
Yep, when in Rome: It's comforting to know that the Central Reform Congregation, written about by Kristen Hinman in "Church Ladies," exists to pass judgment and guidance on the doctrines and practices of all the diverse religious sects in the metropolitan area. What could we possibly do without such a group of authorities?
As letter writer Michele C. Long noted, "no one has a copyright on God," but in my estimation, the Roman Catholic Church does indeed have a copyright on "Roman Catholic." It is up to the hierarchy and ruling body of any sect to decide who is a member and under what conditions. Some are exceedingly flexible and some are very restrictive. If it is true that the females in question claim to be Roman Catholic priests, then the local archbishop and the Vatican itself has the right to make certain declarations and judgments in their cases. There are a number of Catholic sects in the world that do not accept the established hierarchy of Rome, or some of its tenets, as now practiced; and if the title "Catholic" is of great concern to them, they can surely find a place. Even St. Louis' own St. Stanislaus has considered joining the Polish National Catholic Church because of their conflict with the local archdiocese. But the PNCC defines itself as a "Christian Community" and makes no pretensions about being Roman Catholic. It seems the local women have a certain need for the power and prestige of the Roman Catholic priesthood that goes beyond service to God and community. If that's so, they should join or start whatever Christian community serves their needs, and by avoiding claims to Roman Catholicism, they will probably find that the local archbishop will quietly ignore them. Of course, if they do that the news media will also ignore them. Does that reveal their true agenda?
John Korst, St. Louis
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