Letters to the Editor 

Shades of Green

I’m a volunteer with the Green Party of Michigan, and I’m writing to take issue with Jack Lessenberry’s column ("The court and the council," Metro Times, July 24-30). The decision to deny Mike Madias the nomination was not made trivially. There were many people present who had worked extensively to support the newspaper strike; his choice to violate the strike was extremely distressing to them. I didn’t happen to be among them and voted for his nomination, as I felt him to be a good candidate, even given this blot on his record. However, I would point out that he was somewhat unresponsive to the questions which were put to him; he appeared to be trying to deny that he had, in fact, violated the strike, which looked rather shifty when people called him on it. I think if he had stuck to his guns regarding the personal necessities that drove his decision, he might very well have carried the day. I’m sorry he didn’t get the nomination, but I don’t believe it was the act of political idiocy you made it out to be. —David Q. Spitzley, Belleville

Economics lesson

In response to Jack Lessenberry’s column, "The cows come home" (Metro Times, July 17-23), he has overlooked that the economy of the United States, as well as all others in developed nations, follows a cyclical pattern of expansion and contraction. We are fresh off 12 years of unprecedented economic expansion. Lessenberry’s conviction that a bad economy (which is a point that is highly debatable, for the stock market is the only aspect of the American economy that is unanimously considered weak) is entirely the result of half a year of Bush’s presidency/cronyism is lacking in economic sophistication. To the best of my knowledge, it has not been stated that the loans made to Joseph Naccio at Qwest or Bernard Ebbers at Worldcom were interest-free. If they were, then this would be evidence of the CEO abusing his authority. If they were not, this is simply one way by which companies add value for their shareholders, which include the "savings and pensions of millions" who were all presumably aware of the risks assumed when they invested in equities. —Mike Taylor, Farmington Hills

Rockin’ on

Thanks to Brian Smith for doing a great job on the late Dave Gilbert, and the rise and fall of the Rockets ("Rocket to the crypt," Metro Times, July 31, Aug. 6). Timing was everything. In August 1979, these guys sold out Pine Knob for the first time and pulled off a great PR coup by having Arthur P. (WRIF), John O'Leary (WABX) and Steve Kostan (W4/Rock), all onstage together to bring them on, without fistfight! There was also a time when, in a Rockets vs. Radio softball game, Gilbert, the pitcher, took a line drive to the face, shattering his shades and badly cutting his eye. But there he was, black eye and stitches covered by new shades, rockin' out at Pine Knob the next night. The show did go on! Timing was everything. Just as they were rising, the huge radio "consultant" declared bands like Zeppelin and Aerosmith dinosaurs at a radio convention. Unfortunately, the Rockets, weren't big enough to survive the fallout. Again, thanks for a

great article/service. —Steve Kostan, WCSX, steve@wcsx.com, Farmington Hills

Picture-perfect

Great photo on the front page of the paper from Sarah Burger (Metro Times, July 17-23). I really enjoyed seeing work from an independent young artist like Sarah. —Jyna Maxwell, Shero610@aol.com, White Lake Township

Two thumbs up

What a wonderful story Andrea Leptinsky wrote about the three guys making the film ("Documentary filmmaking 101," Metro Times, July 24-30). They are not looking to make money but to bring people together. The world needs more people like those three. Our hats go off to Metro Times for printing that item. Please keep us informed as to how the project is coming along. —Bob and Kathy Retich, kretich@webtv.net, Howell

Ordinary folks

I thought that Andrea Leptinsky’s story about the filmmakers was very interesting. How amazing to have that sort of thing happen to an ordinary person; just to send someone famous an e-mail and get invited to their house and then be able to film them. I really hope that the film is a success and that they go on to make there similar films. I would be interested to hear what happens. —Anne Parkin, AMParkin99@aol.com, Royal Oak

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