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Found Joys

Dear Editor:
re: “Fall Arts Issue”; Vol. 33, No. 48; Sept. 11-18, 2013
I don’t routinely pick up the Metro Times, so imagine my surprise and delight upon finding your informative and interesting articles about the DSO and MOT in the Sept. 11 issue. (OMG!!! I had cut them out to save, set them aside and just read them again, not realizing two months had elapsed.) Anyway, just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed them.
Now, how about more of the same, perhaps an article on the DSO’s assistant director, Teddy Abrams?
Patricia Derocher
Royal Oak, Nov. 7, 2013

Hooray for
the Watchdogs

Dear Editor:
re: “Wayne County Follies Updated”; Politics and Prejudices, Nov. 6-12, 2013
I want to compliment you on your article [titled on] “County Plans to Sell Unfinished Jail to Billionaire Dan Gilbert.” Highest compliments on the report! We in the county appreciate your review and commentaries for public revelations. Thanks, Jack [Lessenberry]!
Raymond J. Wojtowicz
Detroit, Nov. 8, 2013

The writer is the Wayne County Treasurer.


• Commenting on the news Blog,
“Duggan is Detroit’s Next Mayor,” posted on Nov. 6, 2013 …

Reader JJ wrote:
Does these [sic] election results mark the end of the peoples’ International Crossing, with Manny Maroun gaining permanent control of the Detroit-Windsor border? A new Manny Maroun bridge would be disastrous for both nations. People, stand up and demand that the new federally funded and publicly owned Detroit River Bridge be built NOW!

Reader Antonio wrote:
Everything Mike Duggan touches turns to gold for somebody … look him up:
Look up the no-bid contracts under corrupt McNamara regime.
DMC wasn’t saved, it was sold … from nonprofit to a for-profit hospital. He was also anti-union while there. … I pray he doesn’t sell off Detroit too … but the writing is on the wall. Everyone knows that’s [what] the emergency manager is doing.

• Commenting on contributing editor Jack Lessenberry’s column about pending legislation in Lansing that would speed up Freedom of Information Act requests [“How Free is Our Information?”; Politics and Prejudices, Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2013]

Reader Brian C. Casterline wrote:
FOIA should be taught in eighth grade civics class and again in high school American Government. And any person starting any position in any public agency should have to be indoctrinated in the theory and philosophy as well as the mechanics of the law.
It is a fundamental element of being a self-governing society ... few understand the right and necessity of constant vigilance.

• Commenting on photojournalist Kelly Johnston’s Q&A with the black metal band Isenblast, “None More Black,” Nov. 6-12, 2013 …

Reader Mark wrote:
“Awesome. These guys fucking rock! If you ever get the chance to see them live, do it. They’re amazing. Hail Satan!”


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