Still a great book: Thanks so much for your article about the revival of The Moonflower Vine ["Moonflower Resurrection," Aimee Levitt]. I had no idea this book by Jetta Carleton had such a great history. For more than 30 years, I've been under the delusion that I'm the only person in the world who appreciates this amazing book. I was lucky enough to stumble across a paperback copy in the '70s when I was in high school. It became and remains my favorite book of all time. I read your article and ran to the bookshelf, anxious to read it again, only to find that I've apparently lent it out. I'm off to Amazon for a new copy. I hope your article prompts many more people to read it. It seems to me to be as timely now as it was in 1962.
Kathy Lawson, Overland
DAILY RFT, MAY 14, 2009
IF WE ONLY HAD A BRAIN
Lions, tigers and snarkiness, oh my: There was a very smarmy tone in the whole article ["Honorary Pallbearers Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds No-Shows at Funeral for Munchkin," Chad Garrison]. Mickey Carroll is remembered by RFT as "That Munchkin." True, most everybody knows him from The Wizard of Oz, but you could have written the article a bit more respectfully. But this is RFT; they gotta be snarky.
Darrell Kramer McGivens, via the Internet
DAILY RFT, MAY 14, 2009
SEXTING: KEEP GOVERNMENT OUT OF IT
Leave it up to parents: How about these girls taking digital pictures and adding them to their Facebook or MySpace pages ["Missouri Senate Wants Law Prohibiting Teen Sexting," Chad Garrison]? Or taking pictures of them participating in underage drinking? A law prohibiting something that can so easily be hidden seems a bit ludicrous. There is an obvious problem, but it's the parents who need to get involved, not the government.
Shae, via the Internet
DAILY RFT, MAY 11, 2009
HOLY HELL OVER HOLY COMMUNION
Let's pray on it: I agree with Archbishop Raymond Burke ["Former St. Louis Archbishop Can't Stop Denouncing Pro-Choice Politicians," Chad Garrison]. People like Sen. John Kerry should not receive Holy Communion in the Catholic Church. Every time they vote for anything in favor of abortion they are committing the crime of murder. It also is egregious that President Obama is invited to speak at Notre Dame. If we can get the message out to the graduating students, I pray they will not go to the ceremony. May God bless all of you who are fighting for our American babies' lives.
Gramma Rose Cobbett, via the Internet
Un-Christian attitude: Yeah, this makes no sense. No
politician wants abortion to be illegal. If it were, then the
Republicans would get half of the Catholic vote that they get now.
Almost nobody in Washington wants it to be illegal. Then they would
have nothing to fight about. Burke and those who give credence to his
ridiculous politics may be Catholics, but they don't seem very
Christian to me.
Brian, via the Internet
Isn't life strange?: Isn't the official position of the
Catholic Church that life begins at conception? I understand that
society as a whole is divided over the issue of choice. But if the
issue of life has been doctrinally determined — that this is
God's position — then why is there some mention of polling, as
though this ought to somehow be influencing the decision as to whether
abortion is right or wrong? If the Church dies, it will more likely be
because it no longer stands for anything.
Andy Landen, via the Internet
Go get 'em, Burke: We need more warrior bishops like Burke.
The facts on abortion killing a human being are indefensible. Why not
make it OK to kill a two-year-old? Morally, there is no difference. The
abortion issue and the Catholics pandering to the left in hopes of
converting them to pro-life proves yet again that you cannot compromise
with evil without being overcome by it.
Katie McDonald, via the Internet
DAILY RFT, MAY 11, 2009
ALL-STAR ASS CLOWN
His name earns him the honor: Just owning up to the name of Brewster McCracken should have won him the title of "Ass Clown of the Week." ["Austin Mayoral Candidate Who Used St. Louis As Campaign Issue Bows out of Race," Chad Garrison] At the end of the year, you should run all of the 2009 ass clowns against each other; I bet Brewster would win hands down!
Janet, via the Internet
DAILY RFT, MAY 6, 2009
FALLING DOWN DRUNK, GOOD
Pissing on houses, bad: I hate to say it, since I love Soulard Oktoberfest, but I think they might have a point ["Controversy Brewing Over Soulard Oktoberfest," Keegan Hamilton]. If the revelers don't respect Soulard, then why should Soulard respect their Oktoberfest party? I love to go to Soulard and get drunk and fall down on the streets, but peeing on houses and pulling out flowers? Hey, man, you gotta respect Soulard and its residents.
nsr, via the Internet