Letters to the Editor

Our readers sound off on Higher Ground, the Heidelberg Project and ills that plague Detroit


Told in detail

Re: Megan O'Neil's article "Field of Dreams" (Aug. 10), it was absolutely wonderful. After reading the article, I was so amazed at what Mr. Woods could do with his talent and how his imagination drove him to perfection and purity with his work. I am truly impressed by his talent. Furthermore I was also impressed by the writer Megan O'Neil, because she was so detailed with her article and articulate when describing the artwork that I just couldn't put the paper down, even though I was surprised how long the article was. 

I want to include that Mr. Woods showed that you can draw out the best of yourself if you continue to believe and work at what you love. Even a college degree can't give you the talents that God has bestowed upon you! —Chalese Van Horn, Detroit

A people's candidate?

The recall Rick folks collected just over one-third of the signatures needed to make the November ballot. Surprising and disappointing. You would think the passing of the "emergency financial manager" bill alone would produce the necessary signatures.

The outcome of the recall campaign says a lot about the mind-set of our state. We are complacent, apathetic, uninformed, and those of us pushing back need to regroup. Signing a petition is not activism and it's not enough. If we are ever going to have a state that works for the people we need to educate our families and friends. We need to work toward getting voters to vote for their economic interest and we need to find a leader, a leader that will not be afraid to fight to raise revenue, penalize job creators that invest elsewhere, and strengthen the safety net.

The notion that we need a businessman to lead us is false. Their training and interest is in the bottom line, not the welfare of the community. I also think we've had enough of law school politicians. Those that run their partisan career to the end then take positions in the corporate world that has benefited from their legislation. We need leadership that comes from the working public. Someone who knows you must support an educational system for all. Someone that knows we need jobs in cities like Detroit more than we need to give tax breaks to those on top. Someone that will defend our standard of living and fight to prevent globalization from bringing us down and work to bring them up. We need leadership from the working community not the corporate community. —Alex Young, Utica

Kory hates us

Re: "Almost Famous: Who the fuck is Kory Clarke?" (Aug. 10), this is really bad! I wish you never had written this. It makes me look really shit and angry, which I am not, except for at you. I am so sick of being misrepresented by journalists. You showed none of my humor and minimalized my career and implied that it's over, when it clearly isn't. I'm one of the best rock 'n' roll frontmen on the planet. I'm doing many amazing projects — and you say I'm just trying my hand at painting and didn't even give me a picture? I just sold a painting for $400 over the weekend. What a shitty title as well. Go fuck yourself! You're an asshole. You can go rot in hell. Go suck every Detroit hardcore dick you can suck. I told you not to give them press from me. Thanks for nothing, douche bag!

Eat shit. —Kory Clarke, Malta 

Frank liked Kory

How did Clarke get the gig with L7? "Dave Rice, the guitar player, was a fan of my band the Attitudes when I was in high school," Clarke says. "That was kinda like a Ramones-meets-the-Buzzcocks kinda thing. L7 decided they should probably take me before Dave left the band."

I guess it's ultimately up to Dave to weigh in on whether he was about to leave L-7 after our original drummer quit, but that's not quite how I remember it. I'll just say that it seemed like Kory was as thrilled to join the band as we were to have him. —Frank Callis, bass player for L-7, Detroit


In response to Larry Gabriel's Higher Ground column, "Moms against the drug war" (July 26), Jeandre Gerber Pretorius posted:

Good job, mothers! It's not a War on Drugs; it's a war on personal freedom, a war on the mind. Prohibitionists say it is wrong to do drugs. Well, prove it! Which religion states, "Though shalt not drop acid, smoke weed" or any of those things. Rather, most religions speak against alcohol. Let's start to tolerate instead of incarcerate.

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