News & Views » Local News

Letters to the Editor

Comments range from socialism to our redesign

by

comment

Ovshinsky, socialism & confusion

I'm confused by people like Stan Ovshinsky ("Hero for our planet" by Jack Lessenberry, Oct. 25). I admire his achievements. Through his brainpower, hard work, risk and perseverance, he created wealth, jobs and advancements for a healthier environment. He inspired many. But he still clung to the idea that socialism was necessary and could do better. He helped more wage slaves live better lives than any social program ever could. He showed that employers who treated their employees fairly could be successful, but still believed unions are the answer. He seemed to prove the power of the individual, but still looked up to his socialist heroes. His son put it best when he said, "He may have done more to help the common man than those old idealistic socialists ever did." Amen to that. —Kenneth Koster, Clinton Twp.

 

So contempo!

Re the new, improved Metro Times and what strikes one in no particular order are:

a) the blizzard of full page ads before getting to anything else, but then someone has to pay the bills.

b) the disappearance of the unflattering sketches of the contributors.

c) the placing of the letters in the back of the bus rather than up front as part of legitimate editorial commentary.

d) most annoyingly, the "MT" bit, reminding me of the (right-wing) "UT" and "WSJ," formerly the (San Diego) Union Tribune and the Wall Street Journal, respectively, this snappy gambit whereby National Public Radio became "NPR" and Toronto Dominion is "TD."

This evolution is due to the childish Gen-X and -Y influence, and rather too tabloid for an oft-very serious publication (at least before the "Cinema" articles) like yours. —G. M. Ross, Lowell

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.