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End zone: East St. Louis Flyers, Jose Oquendo and Missouri strip clubs score sympathy 

Touchdown: The technicalities of the football program, and the sport itself, are overcome by the heart-warming story of the characters involved ["Intentional Grounding," Albert Samaha"]. Well-written article! Honest and down-to-earth.
Hssports, via the Internet

Extra point: Wonderful article. I was told it was good, but I didn't think it was going to be this good.
Berkeleyb74, via the Internet

Headlines and headlights: Chad, if only the P-D had you to write their headlines, they wouldn't be going down the tubes ["Missouri Supreme Court to Strip Club Owners: Tough Titties!" Chad Garrison]! As far as the Missouri Supreme Court, you church-lady types can suck it! Bah!
Mntvernon, via the Internet

Mission accomplished: If several adult- oriented businesses have closed because of this law, it is successful. Wasn't that the point of the law?
Oldtimer, via the Internet

Naked truth: Nice work, Missouri. You just destroyed hundreds of well-paying jobs and millions of tax dollars. Now the strippers are just going to start escorting, and none of their earnings will be taxed.
Hootie, via the Internet

Que sera, sera: OK, I'll take a shot at the "weak English" part of the story ["Did José Oquendo Get Screwed?" Aaron Schafer]. If José spoke better English, he would be the manager of the Cardinals. He has all the other qualities the team was looking for, just as much as Matheny. Speaking Spanish is actually a useful skill for a manager because there are so many Hispanic players in the league, but a problem arises when you consider how much the job involves interacting with the press and the public. I know José can make himself understood to the players, and his English is far better than my Spanish, but it's just not good enough for this job. I hope José stays as third-base coach, and I hope he applies himself to learning to speak his second language more clearly. If he does, he has a great chance of managing in the majors some day.
Fred L., via the Internet

¡Cállate! Aaron, stop making José Oquendo into your racist victim of the week (yes, you went there). I'm pretty sure the Cardinals picked the manager they think would best lead their team, end of story. José has enough integrity and self-respect; there's no need for your racist pity. You disrespect a man's character and abilities when you start doing that. I'm pretty sure Chris Maloney was a similar candidate, and he was overlooked too. Take a look at the man's character, not his skin color or religious beliefs. You are a fool.
Doug, via the Internet

Help from within: Regarding Occupy St. Louis and the story of Don Waltman, whose sister had her home foreclosed on with just three payments remaining: Yes, she was treated badly and probably should have had her mortgage extended ["Occupants: Portraits From the Protest," Jennifer Silverberg and Tony D'Souza]. On the other hand, how difficult would it have been for one or more of her closest relatives, friends and neighbors to to make up those payments either as an out-of-pocket (and tax-deductible) charitable donation or at least as a legally enforceable person-to-person loan? What could be more in line with the Occupy movement's progressive values than an act of kindness?
Tom La Forest, St. Louis

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