Letters to the Editor 

Voter compassion

I'm writing to express my gratitude to the voters of Michigan, who courageously and compassionately made Proposal 1 law. This historic initiative will bring relief to countless friends, family members and loved ones.

It's so much the worse for those who so stridently opposed its passage, relying on fear and deceit to stand in the way of history. Bill Schuette, in particular, stands out. Did anything true come from that man's mouth during the campaign? If so, I must have been out of the room.

Thankfully, Schuette's poor judgment and lack of compassion didn't win the day. Congratulations to all the voters who led with their hearts and were able to see through the lies. Michigan is better because of you. —Greg Piasecki, president, Oakland County NORML (oaklandnorml.org), Orion Twp.

Mourning in America

Out of the more than 300 million people in America, do you really believe that McCain or Obama were the two best men for the job? We all know the answer is no, so you can quit slobbering on yourselves talking about a new day in America. Give me a break! A lawyer who raised a billion dollars is now president-elect. Hmm, that sure sounds like it could work out for Main Street. I'm glad to see all of you sip the Kool-Aid and dream of better days. Here's a news flash: Democrats (including Obama) and Republicans don't give a shit about any of you. The worst part is: Who can blame them? You're swayed by sound bites, commercials and road signs. How many of you knew anything about the people you voted for? Here's something to ponder over the next few years while out country swirls down the crapper: Who do you know that is hardworking, honest and intelligent with integrity and compassion? Get them involved at the local level to run under an independent ticket. There is no hope for our country if we continue under this two-party system, whose members bear no resemblance to those they represent. —Derek Crowe, Clinton Twp.

That Nugent guy

In a recent cable news interview, one of Michigan's most famous, rocker Ted Nugent, went after Detroit in his typically terrible manner. When the host asked him: What do you think of Barack Obama as a president? Nugent answered in an inflammatory, ignorant rant, "Well, you know, I come from the good — the once-great city of Detroit and the great, great state of Michigan. If America wants this country to smell and conduct themselves and be this huge sucking sound like Detroit has become, then by all means vote another Democrat in, because Detroit and Michigan is a case study in liberal Democrat policies being forced upon a once-great, great state."

It was detestable for Nugent to deliver a diatribe steeped in racial animosity and divisiveness. Nugent's answer clearly was aimed to target Detroit's majority African-American, often impoverished citizenship.

According to rock historian and author David Carson, as a teenager, Nugent received his first big professional break in opening for the Supremes at Cobo Arena at the advent of their record-breaking careers. One would think that the legendary Berry Gordy gave the final approval for this decision. It's about time for Nugent to do a little soul-searching, show some respect, and be grateful for his chance in life. —Kenneth Hreha, Dryden

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