When wrestling isn't on the tube: Creative and impressive writing by Mr. Seely to use the words "motherfucking rock" in his article [Mike Seely, "Feed the Beast," December 4]! Obviously there is no other fitting way to describe a basketball without utilizing the adjective "motherfucking." Also, kudos on his brilliantly descriptive metaphor [comparing] the courting of a high-school basketball star to an attempt to "flip skins" and [the] possible failure to masturbating at night to Hustler. Furthermore, what an astute decision by the editor to bold those sentences [in a pull quote] as proof of the author's journalistic supremacy -- or to demonstrate his hipness among the 18-to-25 male audience. I'm 23 and male, and I thank you for reminding me why I consistently turn to the Riverfront Times for my daily dose of profanity and illiteracy when World Wrestling Entertainment is unavailable.
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Good job, but you goofed: Great article, and it enlightened me on many aspects of St. Louis recruiting and the bridges that were burned by Norm Stewart. I grew up in northeast Missouri, which is where Norm was born and raised. I always wondered why [the University of Missouri] didn't get more St. Louis guys. FYI -- that Onion Horton putz sounds like the typical guy who sees racism in everything. Good Lord. Mizzou even has a black president, for goodness sake. Live in the now, Horton. Anyway, it was a great article! FYI -- Rickey Paulding and Arthur Johnson are juniors, not seniors as stated in your article.
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The Voice ain't what it used to be: I have ripped the Riverfront Times more often than not in the last few years, but I need to give you kudos on the article regarding Charles Jaco [D.J. Wilson, "Back Fire," November 27]. There is no doubt that Jaco presented the only bit of balanced and objective news programming on KMOX -- and, possibly, on anyone's airwaves. Your article and Jaco's comments pointed out the self-proclaimed [Voice of St. Louis] editorial strategy. Conservative, racist, etc., etc. It shows they do not have a moral compass in their news direction. It is too bad. They could be fair and balanced in their news judgment in their local programming and still run that pig [Rush] Limbaugh and make a bunch of money. [They] still have the Cardinals and make a bunch of money. [They can afford to] do some hard-issue news. KMOX used to say they were "At Your Service." Now they are just serving us crap. Maybe after KTRS finally hires Jaco, they will get the Cardinals contract, and then there will be no reason whatsoever to listen to [KMOX].
Coin and quackers: Bruce Rushton's "Odd Ducks" [November 27], about duck hunters trying to preserve the St. Charles County floodplain, mostly missed the bigger point of why [anyone should] preserve the St. Charles County floodplain. The Sierra Club, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, the National Wildlife Federation, the Audubon [Society] and the Mississippi River Basin Alliance, among others, have been coordinating their efforts for several years to raise awareness of the dangers of building in the floodplains around the St. Louis metropolitan area. St. Charles County sits at the confluence of two of the largest rivers in North America, forming one of the largest floodplains in North America. [During the 1993 flood] 2.6 billion gallons of water [filled] the floodplains of St. Charles County, more than any other area on the entire river. Planning meetings [about] how to deal with future catastrophic flooding were under way even as St. Louis, Hermann, Grafton, Alton, St. Peters, St. Charles and other communities were fighting to stave off the raging waters of the nation's greatest flood disaster, costing in excess of $12 billion to $16 billion. Preventing flood losses means keeping people and property out of harm's way -- not just building higher and higher [levees]. Reports by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a presidential committee about the 1993 flood all addressed the need to preserve natural floodplains as a major tool in preventing catastrophic flood losses. [Floodplain restoration] will produce tens of millions of dollars a year in recreation benefits to the area in fishing, hunting, bird-watching and related tourism benefits; help restore an upper-Mississippi and Missouri floodplain forest that is on the verge of collapse; and provide critical habitat for neotropical songbird migration, as well as those ducks that drive some wealthy neighbors to support preservation efforts. I think it is safe to say most people who understand the dynamic river issues of the region welcome the Habitat Alliance to the table. They've successfully drawn attention to the plight of our vanishing floodplains. Just because they've got a few bucks isn't the point.
Mark N. Beorkrem
Mississippi River Basin Alliance