Letters to the Editor 

Getting the picture

Thank you Adam Stanfel for your article ("All the world’s a canvas," Metro Times, Oct. 2-8). Detroit needs to promote legal tag art, but also preserve the "illegal" tags found around the city. They are beautiful, stem from the underlying nature of the beast, and serve as a signature to the artistic integrity, independence and soul of Detroit. I have traveled through Eastern Market Yard many times and love going back to watch the changes, revisions and evolution of the work. Detroit can only make its mark through revolution, and kudos to you for researching something rooted in so much passion, yet untainted by corporate structure or legal technicalities, and for allowing the general public to understand the heart of this underground world. —Kristine Trever, [email protected], Detroit

A model company

I was kind of shocked when I read Ann Mullen’s article about Mr. Belvedere ("Mr. Belvedere goes to court," Metro Times, Sep. 25-Oct. 1). When I had dealings with him as a banker, he did a very good job at taking care of his work. I had the least complaints about him of any construction company in town. When the remodeling association was started in Detroit, his firm was the first to join. The idea of the organization was to clean up the act of many remodelers.

I remember when the general manager of Belvedere called me to say that they had taken care of a complaint from a Mr. John Doe. I was amazed because the customer never complained to the bank about the job. However, the customer had just stopped paying and we never were able to collect. Because the loan was FHA-insured, we filed a claim with the government. The government paid us off in full. I told them that the customer defaulted and we no longer had the loan. Belvedere said it did not matter, they got paid for doing the job. I must say that I only have good things to say about the company and how Bud treated his employees. —Fred Scott, San Diego, Calif.

More to come

Jack Lessenberry, maybe you are right ("United States of Imperialism," Metro Times, Sep. 25-Oct. 1). Maybe we should just sit here and be blown to hell whenever the Iraqis, along with many other Arab countries are ready. We stand between them and Israel and I pray that we continue to help Israel as much as we can, although we should be doing so much more for them. Not only do we help Israel, we have a great country and they can't stand to see any place that isn't ruined by the Muslim religion. By the way, have you read the Qu'ran? And, more important, do you understand what it says? If so, you might quake in fear of what could be the greatest destruction of this country that you can imagine. Sept. 11 should give you a clue to what Muslims intend for us. They haven't given up, nor will they. So maybe we should just wait for more of their evil instead of trying to do something about it before it happens. They say ignorance is bliss, so I guess you’re in hog heaven. —Myra Credeur, [email protected], Sanger, Texas

Change for the worse

Jack Lessenberry's editorial should be redundant by now. He iterated points that should have been repeated over and over again. If we attack Iraq, they definitely will use the weapons we fear they have; if we don't, they probably won't (they've had them for over a decade now, after all). And Saddam has nothing to do with Osama — in fact, they are fundamentally opposed to each other. Whatever happened to the Bush who criticized the Clinton administration for being involved in too many overseas conflicts? The role of the United States seems to be radically changing from a diplomatic policing nation to that of a dictator, and if fundamentalist Muslims hate us now, ...

In these days of hyper-patriotism no one wants to dissent, in particular the media and the Democrats. At first I thought the Bush administration was bluffing, trying to get the U.N. to act. I have never supported Bush, but I gave him credit for being so clever. Now, though, I am wondering if he really is that crazy and if he really expects me to die in some distant nation to save his waning popularity. —Christopher Schneider, [email protected], Birmingham

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