Thank you for your outstanding article on Father John Kaiser ("The Death of Father Kaiser," 10/24). Kudos for this outstanding example of journalism. You deserve a prize for this! I am very pleased that the truth has finally come out. Father Kaiser was a courageous man and an inspiration for the future of Kenya. I will make a note to celebrate Father John Kaiser Day every August 24.
Bill Drake Minneapolis
I appreciated your article featuring kid-friendly restaurants with a fine-dining atmosphere ("Waiter! More Crayons," 10/31). I don't think that parents should have to give up the fine-dining experience once they have children, and I find it sad when parents don't give their children a chance to explore different styles of cuisine. I grew up hearing, "Just try it," and had I not just tried it I would have missed out on a lot.
However, as a server at one of the restaurants mentioned in your article, I have to say that I felt myself cringe as I read. Sadly, for servers, children in the restaurant are not necessarily something we look forward to. Families with small children are often much more "high maintenance" than diners without, tend to make a considerable mess (ask any servers about Cheerios smashed into the floor and they'll know), and often get significant price cuts—meaning a much smaller tip for the same, if not more, work. (Keep in mind our tips are our income. We make minimum wage and are taxed on tips!)
So I guess what I am trying to say is, if you would like a fine-dining experience, please know what it rightly entails. There are many options out there (Chipotle, Noodles and Company, Bruegger's) where you are not "served." If you choose to be waited on, please tip your server.
Elizabeth Mertes St. Paul
Save Us from the Saviors
I need someone to save me from those who say they are here to save me ("Save the Savior," 10/24). There are the issues concerning the 2005 and 2006 audits of NRRC that need clarification. There is this folly of the Northside Residents Redevelopment Council's attempts at development, the statement that the community is misunderstanding the Tuskegee Experiment, and the refusal to provide information, even to board members, as to the true financial condition of NRRC. Sherrie Pugh Sullivan's severe sense of stratification harms her ability as an effective voice for NRRC.
Larry Tucker Minneapolis
North Side Story
Thank you for your October 24 article "Save the Savior." As a North Side resident, I appreciate that you took the time to assemble this complicated narrative and to interview a variety of stakeholders. Our neighborhood deserves more of this kind of sober, ongoing attention to provide context and perspective to our (very public) struggles.
As hard as I try to stay active in my community, much of the narrative in the story was news to me—and for this reason, I'm not in a position to comment one way or the other on the accuracy of the individual facts presented in the story. This sad situation is, in itself, very telling: Issues affecting our richly complex, historic—but in many way invisible—North Side neighborhoods should be subject to the vetting that serious-minded public scrutiny and conversation provide.
Close your eyes and imagine that Minneapolitans were as familiar with (and interested in!) the various arguments, players, and processes in North Side community governance as they are with those in the various stadium debates. What might we, as a neighborhood and as a city, accomplish then?
Michelle Lewis Minneapolis
Food for Thought
I have to wonder what purpose was served in highlighting the very distressing story of Jeremy, the 36-year old bulimic, in your recent "Boy, Interrupted" cover story (10/31). I was hoping to find an article that would include both personal experiences and advice from professionals trained to help individuals struggling with eating disorders. Instead, you offer us words and pictures of a man in the throes of a life-threatening mental illness, leaving us to wonder not so much if, but when he will succumb to his disease.
I worry that, in appealing to your readers' voyeurism (of course we want to see lots of pictures of a man who only weighs 88 pounds!), and to Jeremy's craving for attention, you've neglected the people who had the most to gain from this article: individuals struggling with eating disorders and the people who love them.
Anne Phibbs Minneapolis
CLARIFICATION: In reference to an article in City Pages' Wine & Dine supplement October 17: Sam Haislet, of Sam's Wine Shop, has no ownership nor association with Solo Vino.