Heart of...gold? Don Weir is a wonderful man ["Plot of Gold," Nicholas Phillips]. He lived a life in denial and took advantage of many people, including friends. A shame, to be sure, that his life has led to the day of his sentencing.
He helped a lot of people through the years. So hopefully the judge will be lenient and maybe give him probation.
A. Friend, via the Internet
Hypothetical No. 1: To the last poster who suggests that Weir be let off lightly: I'd like to know how you would feel if he took everything from you, if he betrayed your trust, and if you were now looking forward to losing your home as a result of his actions. I wonder how many of his clients/friends, after having lost everything, will simply give up in the end and accomplish what he was too cowardly to do. He made his own decisions and now he'll suffer, as he should, the consequences. So get off your white horse, realize that you too were duped into thinking he was a great guy. You're just one of so many others who was betrayed. The only difference is that you're still in denial.
David Clark, via the Internet
Hypothetical No. 2: If I conned you out of all the money you busted your butt for and are now facing losing everything and having to deny medical treatment for serious illnesses because you can no longer afford them, I don't think you would hope the judge would give me any leniency. Maybe you are one of the recipients that received our money. Would you mind giving it back to us? Yeah, Don played "Robbing Hood." He was the hood that robbed his clients for his own selfish greed. What he gave to charities was not his to give away but was used to build himself up in the community and to enjoy a fat tax deduction.
Four to six years in Camp Cupcake isn't going to change Don. If he is a good little boy, he will be released sooner, only to find a new way to cheat people out of their money. Don is a coward. He can't use God to hide behind. Don committed these crimes of his own volition and needs to pay all consequences for them. He is the most despicable human being I am ashamed to ever have known.
Paul Whitmoore, via the Internet
FROM THE BLOGS, JULY 14, 2009
Which presidential fashion statement was the bigger All-Star disaster? Oh, definitely the Chicago jacket. That was a personal choice. He can't help how the White House staffers do his laundry, but he can choose which jacket to put on as he walks into the stadium. He has advisors on foreign policy, domestic policy and the like. We need to get that man a stylist.
sdsmith, via the Internet
FEATURE, JULY 2, 2009
Hooray for Burgess' burgers! Kudos to Allison Burgess for coming up with a delicious alternative to meat ["Where's the Beef?" Aimee Levitt]! The fact that so many good restaurants have added dishes using Match to their menus is a wonderful testimony to the superior taste and quality of this product.
Last year I chaired a fundraiser at the Royale for Mustard Seed Theatre, an organization that participates in good environmental practices and acts of social consciousness and responsibility. With this in mind, we wanted to offer vegetarian options and asked Allison for a donation of Match, to which she generously obliged. The feedback from our guests was overwhelmingly positive. Even some of the staunchest meat eaters tried and enjoyed Match veggie burgers and brats, and our vegetarian guests were delighted to be taken into consideration for something other than condiments on a bun.
I am already looking forward to fall when Duff's restaurant's Jimmy Voss puts the best pot pie I've ever tasted, using Match, back on its menu. Now if other restaurants and events would just get on the bandwagon — hint, hint, Rib America — vegetarians also like barbecue!
Karen Klaus, St. Louis