DAILY RFT, FEBRUARY 25, 2010
RIGHT TO CONCEALED CARRY
Lowering age makes sense: You must have a problem with the Second Amendment ["Missouri Legislators Hear Proposals to Ease Conceal Carry Regulations," Chad Garrison]. Concealed carry has been a benefit. How many violations have come from it? How many holders have committed crimes with their guns? Dropping the age is good, since anyone should be able to protect themselves. It is our given right. Actually, there should be no laws that restrict my right to carry if I am a law-abiding citizen. Criminals do not care or follow the law.
Kevin Campbell, via the Internet
DAILY RFT, FEBRUARY 23, 2010
YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING
This is only a movie: Twenty-four months for nonviolent copyright violations ["Gonna Be One Long, Dark Night for Missouri Man Found Guilty of Movie Piracy," Kristen Hinman]? Fucking Christ. Then you got weapons-violating felons, corrupt politicians who obstruct justice, commit perjury, violate their oath of office and generally shit on the public. They get significantly less?
Anonymous, via the Internet
GUT CHECK, FEBRUARY 22, 2010
DUNKIN' DONUT DELIRIUM
Counting down the days: Krispy Kreme, your days are numbered ["FoodWire: An Update on the Kirkwood Dunkin' Donuts," Annie Zaleski]. Moved here from Connecticut, where there's practically a Dunkin' Donuts on every street corner. Been here nine years, and finally my dream has come true. When you walk into DD, you'll know you're in coffee heaven. That aromatic smell is just awesome. I can't wait to taste a confectionary powdered jelly donut, which is unheard of here. If you like a sickening sweet glazed donut, which is all Krispy Kreme sells, then go there and get sick. But if you like a variety of donuts — glazed, powdered or plain, plus bagels and flatbreads and the best fresh coffee in the U.S. — then Dunkin' Donuts is the place for you.
Lou, via the Internet
Donut pining: I moved to the St. Louis Metro East from Boston in July 2008 and have been pining for DD's coffee ever since! I've been driving by the site and searching in vain — until now — for information about the opening. Thanks to the above posters for sharing this information, and Annie, thanks for your excellent investigative reporting! Hope to see you all there on opening day!
Stephan, via the Internet
Wait no more, my lady: I am a transplanted New Yorker who has been waiting nine long years for a Dunkin' Donuts. I, too, am beyond excited.
Laura, via the Internet
DAILY RFT, FEBRUARY 19, 2010
Smaller is not better: I believe the 50-dog limit will only encourage commercial breeders to operate many more smaller operations to be able to make a living versus one large, well-run kennel operation ["'Pampered Pets' Are Anything But, Says Animal Rights Group," Amir Kurtovic]. Smaller kennels mean more inspections, a dilution of staff and more chances for abuse. The Missouri Department of Agriculture can't keep up with the commercial breeder inspections. How are things going to improve if the breeders just open lots of smaller facilities? The pending legislation is flawed and not well thought out. Also, it is not being fully explained by the petition gathers. All they say is, "Hey, sign this petition to end puppy mills." I wonder how many public shelters, private shelters and rescue groups are equally guilty of the same offenses or much worse.
Poopscoop, via the Internet
Doggie deaths must stop: Poopscoop, you're missing an important point. Animal control facilities and shelters are not engaging in the breeding of animals for profit. Rather, they are taking care of animals that are strays or that have been abandoned by owners. I think we can all agree that they need more money and more officers. I think we can all agree, too, that we need to do more to provide better care for these animals.
But you know what else we need to do? Stop supporting pet stores that are outlets for puppy mills. We need to stop acting like they're all right or that they're providing a valuable service, and we need to start owning up to the fact that while pet stores are selling animals bred commercially, four million dogs and cats are being put down in U.S. shelters and animal control facilities every year.
Sean Jordan, via the Internet