I just wanted to thank you for your article on Bill Rauhauser (Dec. 8), and for the number of pages that you devoted to his photography. Bill is a Detroit treasure who has influenced thousands of us for the better through his teaching, and his example. He still sets the bar high for all artists and educators! —Rob Kangas, Royal Oak
Jack soft on Israel
Re: "Leadership for sale" (Dec. 8), Jack Lessenberry can't have forgotten how Israel massacred 1,400 innocent Palestinians in Gaza, less than two years ago.
Yet Lessenberry is not campaigning against Israel. No, Lessenberry is venting his spleen against Helen Thomas.
Helen Thomas is rightly incensed at how Palestine is robbed, starved and massacred. She dared to demand action against Israel, as we all should.
How on Earth did that drive Lessenberry to libel Thomas as "a vulgar anti-Semite"?
Instead, Lessenberry should have joined her in demanding action against Israel, at long last. Lessenberry should have joined the Wayne State Student Council in April 2003 — when the council demanded that Wayne State dump any Israeli investments.
Instead, Lessenberry has gravely dishonored himself and Metro Times. He chose to shield the Zionists, as they starve Gaza, and to strike Helen Thomas with a libelous death blow.
I hope to see the Metro Times replace Lessenberry's column with one by a human rights fighter who hates racism — like Helen Thomas. It's shameful to shield the Zionists. Stand with the occupied people of Palestine, and boycott Israel. —Blaine Coleman, Ann Arbor
Cheers for Bill
Re: "Looking for real justice" (Dec. 8), thank you, Bill Kellerman, for the memories of the people who kept the Spirit alive in Corktown all these years. I know that you and other people of God and goodwill will continue to work to privilege people over profits and to make the entire Detroit community truly that — a community, where the Steves and the Charlies can live in peace. —Rosalie Riegle, Evanston
Hope and soul
The Corktown article by Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellerman goes right to the heart of the Detroit rebirthing that we locals are longing towards and working for. This town has soul. It is dedicated leaders like Bill who are setting the example, walking the talk and shining a beacon of compassion out of the midst of our "inward" city. Such dedication fuels the hope that is such a precious resource. —William L. Secrest, Superior Township