YOU GUYS KILL ME
Worried about copycat suicides: I've worked in media relations and public relations for seventeen years, and I'm appalled by your article on the Final Exit Network, which comes complete with a cartoon detailing how to kill yourself ["Death Watch," Aimee Levitt]. The so-called "copycat" effect is an acknowledged outcome of descriptions of suicide in the media.
Documentation of this effect is found in the work of D.P. Phillips and in professional journals, including The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention and Social Science Research.
How many people will now heed your newspaper's suggestion and kill themselves? I can only hope that in this specific instance, no one will follow the newspaper's lead. Your newspaper's "best practice" policies of journalism are due for an intense review. Hopefully, the necessary improvements will be made.
Cynthia Ulrich, Seattle, Washington
NEWS REAL, APRIL 9, 2009
EXPAND HISTORIC DISTRICT
Bad move by Alderman Kennedy: What constitutes a "worthy historic building" ["Sowing Pains," Kristen Hinman]? Is it the inherent architectural, cultural or historic value, or is it convenience to its owners? Also, to my understanding, anyone can apply for historic tax credits, no matter what their race or socio-economic background. Alderman Terry Kennedy's refusal to expand the historic district does nothing but deprive his constituents of the opportunity to take advantage of the same program, which has made the southern part of the neighborhood so successful.
Lindsey, St. Louis, via the Internet
CAFÉ, APRIL 9, 2009
VIVA EL BORRACHO
Give 'em a break: This review is tasteless and unprofessional ["Dining Under the Influence," Ian Froeb]! Why is Mr. Froeb launching this very personal attack on some of the most successful business folks in the area? For Pete's sake, we are talking about a leisure atmosphere, where one can enjoy a very tasty dinner, luscious margaritas and watch their favorite sporting events with friends. White linen tablecloths it is not. Fine dining it is not. Relaxing, interesting and most enjoyable it is! This guy has way too much time on his hands!
Rita, St. Louis, via the Internet
Raves for the margaritas: I totally disagree with this review. My friends and I have frequented El Borracho on several occasions. It is a very fun and festive place to enjoy good food (affordably priced) and delicious margaritas — especially the avocado-mango!
Carol, St. Louis, via the Internet
Beats Chesterfield's eateries: I would also have to disagree with the critic. The atmosphere is cool, fun and relaxed — much better than the boring Chesterfield establishments I have to contend with. Plus, the mashed sweet potatoes are amazing. It's a great place to hang with your "peeps," have a few drinks and some great food! I would make it your next stop on the way to or from a Blues or Cards game!
Kim, Chesterfield, via the Internet
Last week in Aimee Levitt's feature story about the Final Exit Network, "Death Watch," we misidentified the hospice agency for which Final Exit member Dalton Baker volunteers. Baker volunteers at BJC Hospice.