Whose blues?

I read with amusement Jack Lessenberry's column, "Daily news blues" (MT, March 28-April 3). Is it because he is running out of things to talk about that he is beating up on his competitors? I never see the Detroit News or the Detroit Free Press picking on the Metro Times. So, who is more credible and magnanimous, the Metro Times or them?

I have been reading the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press since I moved to Detroit in 1979. I believe they may not be like the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal, but they are darn good newspapers that cover auto industry, information technology and metro Detroit events very well. When we had the Firestone debacle, I learned more from the Detroit News than I did from Fortune magazine, which is supposed to specialize in business news.

If people buy a newspaper for its TV listings, it is more a reflection on the people than the newspaper. —Pradeep Srivastava, Detroit

Majority’s rule?

In regard to Gary Glenn’s letter to the editor (MT, March 28-April 3), the gay-rights ordinance isn’t discriminatory; it’s for equal rights.

How can Christian bookstores not be "religious" institutions? Do Christian bookstores question customers about their sexual orientation? If they don’t, why would they question prospective employees? Because heterosexuals are the majority, should they be able to "vote" against the rights of a sexual minority? I think not. —Al Harris, Southfield

Fresh blood

Jack Lessenberry’s column ("Run, Sharon, run," MT, March 21-27) was great, the best I've ever read regarding the Detroit City Council. I have had my share of dealings with this pathetic group and, like him, feel it is time for fresh, articulate blood on the council.

I clipped the column and have already passed it along to many friends and family members. It definitely is one for my extensive files regarding city incompetence. —Susan Mikulak, Grosse Pointe Park

McPhail fan

Great column on our resilient girlfriend, Sharon McPhail. Mega kudos on an even-handed, fair representation. —Maureen Mickalonis, Detroit

TV eye

I want to applaud your decision to put Bill Moyers on your cover and to promote his television program (MT, March 21-27). I had no idea it was imminent due to the poor job that PBS does in promoting its own programs, especially on such controversial themes. One would be hasty to say that the network is afraid to alienate its sponsors, but Archer Daniels Midland once underwrote the Newshour with Jim Lehrer.

Anyway, thank you for a good deed in spurring public awareness and helping us all to be better informed citizens. —Derek Vaillant, assistant professor of Communication Studies, faculty associate, Program in American Culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Let’s do lunch

Just wanted you to know that I read Jane Slaughter's review of the Camillian Grill a couple of weeks ago (MT, Feb. 7-13). It's close to where I work, so I thought I'd check it out. I've stopped in four times since then. Jane was right — it's charming and the food is very good. I'm so happy to have a new place to eat. —Kim Hodge, Lathrup Village

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