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Music to our ears

I just read the piece on the future of the Movement festival (“The blurred crusade,” Metro Times, June 9) and I have to say that I was very impressed. Unlike most of the articles written about the festival, it was not ego driven. There was none of that I-been-down-since-day-one bullshit written into the story. While I did not agree with everything said, I did appreciate the fresh and intuitive take on Movement. —Nicholas H. Klaus, Detroit

 

Rang his Belle

I was in Ann Arbor for a few days and saw your piece on Belle Isle (“48 hours on Belle Isle,” Metro Times, June 2) and went there when I had time. I really liked your write-up, both the concept of the 48-hour diary at a public place and the photographic and written execution. It’s the kind of thing we don’t get enough of in Phoenix. —John Peters, Phoenix, Ariz., koolpopoki@aol.com

 

Respect for Reagan

I commend you for your tact and decency in your look back at Reagan (“Learning from Reagan,” Metro Times, June 9). I don’t necessarily agree with you, but unlike others who disliked Reagan and his policies and decisions, you do not stoop to hate words and a dismissive attitude. Above all, he was our president, and until his behavior shames us (not his judgments), we should respect the man and the position.

You reference former President Clinton and state Reagan’s Nicaragua incident was “tremendously more constitutionally troubling than Bill Clinton’s gropings.” I am not aware that anyone had a constitutional issue with Mr. Clinton’s sexual behavior. Rather, I believe that his lying about the behavior while president was the troubling issue. —W. Jeffrey Neal, Hinsdale, Ill.

 

Where’s the rest of him?

I just read Lessenberry’s Reagan eulogy. Lessenberry is full of baloney, and pretty much wrong on all counts. I could not believe my eyes reading such nonsense! Even today we are reaping the very bad karma sown back in 1980 when Reagan was elected: hyper-militarism, everything shifting way to the right, elimination of government services for the disadvantaged/poor, taxing the poor to give to the rich, etc.

Reagan was absolutely awful. We now have recycled Reaganites in the current administration of wackos! Rumsfeld, Cheney, and, of course, old man Bush were all part of the Reagan administration. Do you realize the vast amounts of torture, death and suffering Reagan caused in Latin America? We are talking about thousands of dead people! El Salvador and Nicaragua were vicious bloodbaths with loads of CIA operatives, all sent there by Ronnie and friends. I am glad Reagan is gone. I am amazed you published that crap by Lessenberry. You are doing the alternative community a gross disservice by publishing such nonsense. —Stephen Hitchcock, Royal Oak

 

Feeling good not enough

With all due respect to Mr. Lessenberry and President Reagan, America, then as today, wanted things to be simple. But at that time, Americans still thought problems could be kept among “those people” who do not matter. But crack, AIDS and the huge economic gap impacted millions of Americans who thought living in Livonia or Newport Beach would exempt them from suffering. —Lawrence Bentley, Huntsville, Ala.

 

Colonel of wisdom

Bravo for your article on Lt. Col. Bowman’s rejection by the Amvets Post 57 (“Disinvited,” Metro Times, June 9). Don’t they know what Bush and company are doing to veterans programs and to veterans hospitals? If you’re still dying or being maimed for their cause, they’re all for you. Once you’re dead or maimed and out of sight, they couldn’t care less. —Dan Scarlett, Santa Rosa, Calif.

 

Another brief bravo

Bravo to you for being hard on the MONA (“Le poseur and a werewolf uprising,” Metro Times, May 26). I agree with everything you had to say about it and it is refreshing to read a Metro Times article that is not afraid to give a bad review. I am not the letter-writing type but your article inspired me. —Matthew Moore, Taylor

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