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Readers argue about whether Mark Robbins is a road warrior or a renegade and question whether to stand for Cards' organist Ernie Hays 

Trust no one: Great story ["Tow Truck Yourself," Nicholas Phillips]! Mr. Robbins does look like an in-your-face, aggressive person. However, I'm not naive enough to think the Missouri State Highway Patrol is innocent of dirty tricks, either.

I wish RFT had more exposés like this.
Danieljoeoconnor, via the Internet

Wrecker wars: I have known the Robbins family for many years. I know the story, and what has been done to this business owner, Mark Robbins, is terrible. If the highway patrol did that to his own son's girlfriend and one of his best friends, who else are they doing this to?

Pardon my language, but it seems they have a hard-on for the Robbins family. I hate to hear about bad things happening to good people.
Stcjrdogsfootball, via the Internet

Exile from Missouri? I think Mark Robbins is the biggest piece of trash I've ever known. If you find yourself feeling sorry for him, think again! He has caused this county more trouble than he's worth. He thinks he runs his own gang or Mafia! I think the patrol should sue him and put him out of business! It would only be better if they kicked him out of the state as well.

Just because he wasn't convicted of it doesn't mean he didn't do it. Murderers walk free every day in the U.S., as do crooks and thieves. He happens to be one of them.
Llpennies, via the Internet

The heart of the matter: It seems to me that people are missing the point of this story. A man was accused of something he didn't do and was proven innocent in a court of law! And still, people continue to drag this out year after year. What is the point? I think the people who are still holding a grudge against an innocent man need to focus on something else for a change.

The comments that are being made are immature and obviously made by Mark's competition. The competitors really only seem worried about the spelling of their names or slandering Mark's reputation. I really think the people who are responding negatively to this report need to know their facts. In reading a lot of the comments posted, it's like being in junior high school.
Cagrissom, via the Internet

Atlas is shrugging: I couldn't care less about this guy and probably wouldn't like him. I am saving my pity for his competitors. My favorite part is where the less "aggressive" tow companies are calling for regulation and government to step in. It's like Orren Boyle demanding the right to manufacture Rearden Steel. Good luck with that.
Dagdaj, via the Internet

Crazy for Hays: I can't believe I just stumbled on to this headline ["Stand for Ernie," RFT Staff]. Ernie and an assistant of his performed the music at my wedding at an art gallery in Clayton back in 1997. My wife and I left St. Louis that same year, and I haven't seen a pic of Ernie since then, but the image in this article is exactly how I remember him!

How many people can say Ernie Hays played the Budweiser song at their wedding? That, and many other memories, will always endear St. Louis to me.
Tfbfj55, via the Internet

She's staying seated: Comparing Ernie's organ playing to Stan the Man's major accomplishments as a ballplayer and as a great example of what a sportsperson should be is ridiculous and diminishing of Stan. Ernie should be respected and remembered for his contribution to St. Louis ball games, but trying to draw a comparison between these men and their accomplishments is just plain stupidity.
Shethinksnot, via the Internet ERRATUM

On the table of contents page in last week's issue, we published a photo of the late Danny McClain, which his sister provided. The photo was taken by Lori Layne, and it should have been credited as such.

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