Highs and lows

The “It’s All Good” poem and story by John Sinclair were ridiculous (Metro Times, Aug. 13-19). There is nothing worse then seeing a viable paper being bogged down by some born-with-a political-silver-spoon-in-his-mouth has-been.

He takes the rudimentary route of automatically labeling the other side as bad, then goes on to fluff up the demon activities that they do. That’s classic right-wing junk.

Then connecting the failures of finding the weapons of mass destruction in the war with Iraq to never finding a single instance of “... personal or public damage from the private use ...” of marijuana? Come on — this unequivocal support for the angelic drug, and for that matter the American citizen’s own maturity, only isolates and repels the slim minority that even see medical marijuana as a handicap of society.

Then, there’s the High Times-influenced poem filled with enough blabber to envision a joint hanging out of Sinclair’s mouth. It’s poems like this that depict the user as a lethargic, mumbling lout that continues to ruin the movement. The future of legalization isn’t in the hands of the nonvoting High Times crowd, but the no-nonsense NORMAL crowd.

Not only does Sinclair provide dead weight for the legalization movement, he diminishes your paper’s credibility. —Vassilis Jacobs,, Grosse Pointe


The politics of knowledge

Regarding Jack Lessenberry’s recent column (“The white people’s party,” Metro Times, Aug. 13-19): Buried within the column, it is interesting to note that Lessenberry states that “highly educated” blacks opt to become Republicans.

He discredits this by claiming they are trying to become “token white people.” In reality, it’s quite the opposite.

Once a person becomes educated, it becomes increasingly difficult to swallow the lies and propaganda promulgated by the Democratic Party. So it naturally follows that, in spite of the liberal-controlled public school system designed to keep them in the dark, as blacks become more educated they will naturally turn to the party that supports the true working middle-class and become Republican.

Once your eyes are opened, it’s impossible to close them again and continue being a blind liberal. —Steve Merrill,, Redford


Flash of genius

Your decision to print Melissa Sharpe’s flash fiction, “At A Denny’s On Gratiot — Volume Two,” was genius (Metro Times, Aug.13-19)!

I have long been following her writing and am glad to see her get some local respect. She’s definitely going places.

Also, I enjoyed all the fiction in this issue (as I do each summer). The exposure to new local talent is priceless to me. —Mark Flannagin,, Clinton Township


Punks are all right

Hats off to music editor Brian Smith and your staff on their recent coverage of the Detroit punk scene, past and present.

The Punk Rock Flier art show piece (“Medium and message,” Metro Times, Aug. 13-19), complete with flier examples, helps shine a light on this city’s punk-rock history. The Suicide Machines feature (“Suicide machinery,” Metro Times, July 30-Aug. 5) further proves that the Metro Times isn’t interested in regurgitating the same old stuff about the local flavors of the day. Great work.

Cheers!—Kirk Morrison, Livonia

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