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Release the Hounds: Readers rail against Missouri puppy mills and praise our take down of Ginger Bistro

Sympathy for the devils: What a hectic article ["Screw the Pooch," Kase Wickman]. The only thing that comes clearly through is the author's sympathies for the dog breeders.

If existing funding is inadequate for Proposition B, it is inadequate for the existing regulations without Proposition B. If anything, Proposition B should lessen the burden on inspectors, as it sets an upper limit for breeding dogs, and the inspection criteria is less subjective and much simpler to enforce. In addition, we should see a decrease in bad breeders, who take up the majority of inspector time.

As for targeting commercial dog breeders, it's the "Puppy Mill" bill! What the heck do you expect? This wasn't the "Target the Crappy Shelter" bill, because Missouri is not known for crappy shelters. Nor was it the "Target the Really Lousy Dog Border" bill because, again, we're not known as the Really Lousy Dog Border Capital of the Country.

I mean, seriously? "Forcing massive renovations" — because it's so much easier to stack a bunch of wire cages. They're just dogs, right?

So let's keep dogs in cages six inches longer than they are. Let's keep dogs in outdoor kennels, where they freeze at night and broil in the heat in the summer.

Let's not bother reading any of the USDA inspection reports. Forget the dead dogs among the living, the dogs shivering with little or no bedding, blinded because they lost an eye when it was jabbed by a loose, rusty wire.

No, let's talk to tame Missouri Veterinary Medical Association vets, who join with the American Kennel Club in support of the people over the animals. Let's ignore the 150-plus vets who came out in favor of Proposition B. Let's ignore the vets at most of the shelters in the state who could have talked to you about this, if you had even considered perhaps maybe getting a more balanced view.
Shelley Powers, via the Internet

How about reading the whole story? I didn't take from this article that the author had any sympathies for the dog breeders. In fact, I think the breeders are portrayed in a very bad light — as is the auction company.
Mmmmmm, via the Internet

The Schindlers, dissed: Puppy mills are horrible! These people need to live in the pathetic manner that their dogs do.

Missouri needs to be educated! Wake up, people. It is a sorry human who would do the things that this elderly couple has been doing for decades. A thousand breeding dogs? Insane!
Baxter's Mom 396, via the Internet

A tribute to Ian's testicles: I love seeing a brutal review like this every once in a while ["The Path of East Resistance," Ian Froeb]. It shows the reviewer has some balls.

With that said, I wish some decent restaurants would move into the Loop. I like Blueberry Hill, but it shouldn't be the best place to eat in the entire neighborhood.
Jim, via the Internet

Where's the spice? Thanks! My husband and I felt as if our taste buds had gone to sleep the night we tried this place as well. We tried in vain to get them to up the spiciness on some dishes, but no dice. I had to add a lot of rooster sauce to one dish to get it down at all.

What's really sad is that St. Louis Bubble Tea next door serves a handful of really excellent Chinese dishes, but nobody seems to know about them. If these dishes were on Ginger Bistro's menu, they'd redeem it from mediocrity. On the other hand, if St. Louis Bubble Tea had Ginger Bistro's glitz, maybe somebody would notice the good cooking.
Mantelli, via the Internet

Sushi, with a tobacco garnish: Damn. That's too bad since I go to the gym upstairs. But, I feel better now about walking out the door when I found that people were smoking at the bar. I was looking for a sushi-bar experience and couldn't understand how you could have that with smoking.
BV, via the Internet

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