RFT readers wonder what's got into Alderwoman Phyllis Young

So lighten up, Phyllis: Soulard resident here ["Oktoberfest Stays in Soulard Despite Alderwoman's Objections," Keegan Hamilton]. I live one block from the Soulard Farmers' Market, and I am anxiously awaiting next weekend's "brew-haha." The old guy who lives next to me is also looking forward to the festivities. In fact, we have a lot in common despite our age difference. For example, we both signed the petition to keep Oktoberfest in the neighborhood, and neither of us were approached by ol' Phyllis Young regarding our non-existent Oktoberfest concerns. Getting older doesn't automatically mean getting lamer, stodgy or banging on the ceiling with a broomstick, screaming, "Quiet down, you whippersnappers, and stop peeing on the sidewalks!" Soulard is a vibrant, unique, culturally diverse and fun place to live. Phyllis should be proud that a few weekends out of the year big crowds are drawn to our little brick-sidewalked neighborhood to have a good time and drink a few beers.
Beth, via the Internet

Young might be half a bubble off: For some reason this article leaves out the obvious hypocritical stance of being opposed to a drunken revelry with 20,000 people, but still being OK with a drunken revelry of 100,000. Is Oktoberfest not lining Young's pockets like Mardi Gras does? Not to mention the fact that her entire neighborhood is built around one of the largest breweries in the U.S. Not that this has anything to do with anything, but are we sure that she's all there? Some of her statements and stances seem bipolar at best.
Umm, via the Internet

Just asking: What does Young want, to turn Soulard into a senior citizens' village?
Chris, via the Internet

Go for it: If they are moving the venue next year regardless of what happens this year, then we might as well blow the roof off the place!
Georgie, via the Internet

Tragic waste of years for Darryl Burton: This story brought me to tears ["Miracle Man," Nadia Pflaum]. It's a terrible shame that our justice system works the way it does. This man, Darryl Burton, has an unbelievable amount of courage and will to survive. I know that there are so many men and women who are wrongly convicted for crimes that they didn't commit every day, even though the justice system says that we are "innocent until proven guilty." I commend this man for his bravery and his will to fight to prove his innocence. It makes me sick that this man spent 24 years of his life in prison and missed out on seeing his daughter grow up and living life with his loved ones just so the prosecutors could get a conviction. And all they give him for all of his precious years wasted is absolutely nothing! Well, Mr. Darryl Burton, I just want you to know that you are a beautiful soul, and you deserve the world.
Kristine Gregory, via the Internet

An inspiration to us all: I met Darryl nine months ago, and I've held events for Darryl in Kansas City. He is a wonderful human. His forgiving nature humbles me. Should you ever have an opportunity to meet him or hear him speak, you will never consider vengeance again. If Darryl can forgive the multiple travesties he's suffered, what can we not forgive? Darryl, you are a bright star in the human firmament.
Mary Steeb, Kansas City, via the Internet

New law stinks: This is ridiculous ["Retailers Feeling Flavored Cigarette Ban," Aimee Levitt]. For one thing, it is illegal for anyone under eighteen to smoke anyway. Yes, there are kids out there who can get adults to buy them cigarettes, but I don't see how them being flavored has anything to do with it. Kids will smoke no matter what they try to do. What are they going to do next, ban all cigarettes? Sometimes they make no sense, and they don't think. Good luck to all the cigarette smugglers. Now bring me some clove cigarettes!
Ariel, via the Internet

We won't be stopped: Who cares? It's just another nanny state regulation. You can't stop us from smoking weed, so you can't stop us from smoking cloves. It just gives crooks a new market and us another stupid law. How much is enforcement going to cost? I'm pretty sure that money could be better spent busting meth labs, crack dealers and gang-bangers. You know — things that can kill kids immediately.
BatCountry949, via the Internet