Claiming Immunity

I agree with Melissa Giannini’ statement (In One Ear, MT, April 11-18) when she says, "The less representative the awards are of the entire scene, the less the awards are going to mean." Consider the low return rate on the 2,600 Detroit Music Award ballots sent every year, which I think tends to favor multiple year winners. What is going on? No one is submitting ballots to be counted.

In recent articles regarding the competing Blowout/North by Northwest events, only statements of disaffection with the DMA were printed, without any competing viewpoint. This reinforces the notion that the Awards are fundamentally flawed, and breeds nonparticipation in voting, with results such as my band Immunity winning six awards. If the Awards don't mean anything, why is Immunity working all the time?

I think North by Northwest was good for the music community. Its organizers should now get their participants to vote in the Awards, thus taking a step towards the Awards being more representative of their part of the entire scene. —Bill Koggenhop,, Commerce Twp.

Native pride

I see that, at this year’s Detroit Music Awards, "honor" was bestowed upon both a pistol-packing, wife-hating homophobe and on a scab. Gee, it makes me so proud to be a native Detroiter. —Don Handy, Mount Clemens

The hip folk

I wish we could all be as hip as the pretentious princess who writes the Loose Lips column (MT, April 18-24). Apparently those of us who appreciate other forms of entertainment outside of S&M and "darkwave/industrial/synthpop/whatever," are fodder for bashing, along with your Metro Times photographer and Violent J of ICP. Shame on all of us for having the nerve (and good taste) to dig "folk-y" artists such as Duncan Sheik, who by the way, put on a fabulous show at the Magic Bag.

Perhaps when Ms. Klein has a few more birthdays (are we what — 12 this year?), she will widen her scope enough to include music in her repertoire that does not require the wearing of dog collars to enjoy. —Kim E. Johnson,, Livonia

Censor this

Being the liberal rag that you are, I found it amusing that a lot of the major news storied mentioned in your article ("Top 10 Censored Stories of 2000," MT, April 18-24), including the bombing of the Chinese embassy, the genocide in Rwanda and so on, happened under a Democratic presidency. How could that be? I thought that happened only under Republican administrations. —Scott Barnhart, Southfield

More than arsenic?

Kudos to Jack Lessenberry for his insightful comments dealing with the "Shrubbies" and China ("Bushwhacking us all," MT, April 11-17). Is it just a matter of fact that we are all lambs at the altar awaiting sacrifice? I think so. I also think that something more than arsenic is being added to our drinking water ... something like dumbing juice. Aside for a select few, it seems that most Americans are content to sit idly by consuming and disposing their lives away. Thank heavens for "Survivor," for without that what else would occupy the collective minds of America? Probably not much. I fear for my child and appreciate the voice of sardonic wisdom at such a time. —Azriel Macker,, Harper Woods

Crapping out

The News Hits commentary on Mayor Archer’s perpetual flip-flop on the casino fiasco ("Cluster flip-flops," MT, April 11-17) is an excellent example of journalism which is based on the facts and on the record. All that was lacking in this excellent article was the mention that all during this sorry casino scam, the good mayor was proclaiming that, "We’re gonna make Detroit a world-class city." —George K. Serkian, Southfield

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