I just read Jack Lessenberry’s “Potholes in the Campaign Trail” (Metro Times, March 24). Thank you. You write so well, and what you express puts in words as sharp as a knife my own sentiments about the horrible situation we are in. How can anybody approve of what this man — this idiot — Bush and his handlers have done to our country and the world? He has cost so many lives, created such misery, yet the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll says 51 percent of likely voters support Bush. Fifty-one percent! How can this be? I feel such despair. He should have been impeached long ago. —Elizabeth A. Sadowski, Rochester, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lessenberry is more
Jack Lessenberry is fantastic. There is no doubt I don’t always agree with him, but there are times when I just want to read something that is a reasonable explanation without the dogma of liberal and conservative biases. He often delivers. He’s a true straight shooter, and he knows or talks to everyone, which is not only impressive, but comforting at times. I asked myself (and my Web-log friends) about the Kerry-McCain ticket, and was frustrated by the Howard Stern freedom of speech antics, and he answered them, either confirming my suspicions or bringing to light something that I hadn’t considered in the respective columns of that week. —Dan Smith, Clarkston, email@example.com
Art provokes dialogue
I really enjoyed the write-up by Curtrise Garner about the play Blues for an Alabama Sky (“Harlem heartaches,” Metro Times, April 14). There are a lot of things we as African-Americans must be more open in talking about. Her perspective and view of this play is an important way to phrase and begin this dialogue. —H. Daniel Mujahid, Ann Arbor
Charades before dinner?
I enjoyed the Food Guy column, and I am looking forward to more! Jeff Broder’s restaurant perspective matches mine. Except for the pet peeve about servers not speaking English; how much more “authentic” (ethnic) can you get if the staff is only fluent in their native language? And how much more adventuresome? —Chris Ratkowski, Detroit, firstname.lastname@example.org
Support troops, not war
In response to John Woodford (“Letters to the editor,” Metro Times, April 14), John McCain was serving in the military, sent to war, shot down and made a prisoner of war. Did he have a hand in policy decisions at the time? Was he in any better position to change the war than any other serviceman/woman at the time?
Although I do not support this “oil” war in Iraq, I support all service personnel involved.
As a veteran of the Vietnam era, protesters called me baby-killer even though I was never in that country, and I wish the citizens who screamed those words would take a look around now. Who’s yelling “baby killer” at the murdering dope dealers shooting at anyone in their way? Tell me, John Woodford, will you protest those acts? —David Harrison, Lincoln Park
Wants ASS back
Why the decision to get rid of the Abandoned Structure Squad (ASS)? I, a loyal reader of the feature, enjoyed seeing it there, nestled at the tail end of News Hits. Ironically masquerading as a glorification of Detroit’s ghost-town reputation, ASS provided enough historical information about the properties to serve as a serious but not overbearing call to action. That ASS was good while it lasted, and I want it back. —Dan Yeakel, Detroit, email@example.com
Kiss it goodbye
Please keep the ASS! It was the first thing I turned to. I looked forward to it every week. I know that sounds pitiful — it was always interesting to see what you came up with and it was so well written! Hopefully, one day, there won’t be any more run-down/abandoned homes or buildings for the ASS to write about in Detroit but, until then, if you can’t do it every week, then maybe every other week? Please? Pretty Please? —Lynn Atkinson, ChesterfieldSend comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.