I read with interest Jack Lessenberry’s editorial, “The tragedy of the aquarium” (Metro Times, March 9).
Everyone occasionally says or does something they wish they could take back. Much of the time these actions are due to incomplete information, and I suspect this may be the case with parts of this particular article.
I am specifically referring to the lack of balance between what zoo director Ron Kagan has to say with no counterpoint from the Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium.
To do you justice, Jack, you took the trouble to go to the aquarium and look around. Also, you checked out the Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium’s Web site.
That you did not learn more is perhaps my fault, in that the Frequently Asked Questions portion of the site did not go up until a couple of days ago. Please keep in mind that we are a fledgling organization, barely in existence for more than one month.
I urge you to read the FAQ, as it touches on some items that may cause you pause in thought.
Although I have chosen this particular barricade to make my stand and fight, and despite the high emotion I personally feel for this cause, I will always remain an avid reader of your usually informative and balanced writings. —Stephen Goodfellow, Highland Park, FOBIA Web administrator, belleisleaquarium.com
Jack wins a new fan
Had I read your opinion piece before I posted on the Belle Isle Aquarium site I would have been able to say “ditto” instead of writing my own comments. Heck, I wouldn’t have lost my paragraph breaks while voicing my opinion.
Metro Times is not something I read often but after reading your excellent piece online that might have to change. —Dean G. Sherwood, Waterford, firstname.lastname@example.org
Put Tiger Stadium to good use
Thank you for “The Tragedy of the Aquarium,” which mentioned how much Detroit pays Mike Ilitch to maintain Tiger Stadium. With the current budget crunch, Detroit should be looking to sell the stadium as soon as possible. Not only would that bring in millions of dollars, but it would save Detroit the money it gives to Ilitch each year to keep the facility unproductive. A productive Tiger Stadium would increase employment and tax revenues as well, helping to bring the budget closer to being balanced. Detroit really needs to start practicing some common-sense libertarian budget policies. —Jim Allison, Warren, email@example.com
Our cover too nasty?
Re: “Does this make my labia look fat?” (Metro Times, March 9), I am writing about the front-page picture for this article. I feel that the “in your face” photo was truly over the top. I’m not naive about articles that Metro Times has in its pages, nor do I even think positively of the “personals” or “sexually explicit” materials that are strategically placed throughout the paper, but there is a time when what is seen can be outright nasty. I feel that this photo is outright nasty! In the future, please evaluate morally what kind of paper Metro Times is supposed to be and don’t follow the lead of “smut” newspapers. Believe me there are too many out there already. I enjoy Metro Times, but let’s keep it clean. —Nancy Triplett-Edmunds, Detroit
Who you callin’ douche bag?
What’s up with the vagina cover?
I work at a convenience store where we distribute your magazine. The parents that shop here don’t need their kids asking them why somebody would need a new vagina.
You don’t have an excuse. As far as “sex sells” goes, no douche bag is going to look at that issue and think, “Well, this week I stopped giving a fuck about what bands are coming to town, but I’m going to grab Metro Times anyhow because there’s a naked bitch on the cover.” Anybody who reads your magazine reads it regardless of what communist drivel you put on the front page.
Next time this happens, I’m throwing the whole stand in the dumpster.
Thanks! —Dan Keizer, Saint Clair Shores
Re: the piece on elective vaginal surgery: Wow! A pretty thorough piece of research, and extremely well-written. Mediated bodies (the extremest makeover), intellectual property and franchising medical procedures. Can the genetic engineering and marketing of the postmodern master race be far behind? —Vince Carducci, Royal Oak
I’m writing this letter in response to a pathetic excuse for a lashing out from what seemed to be a bandwagon Republican supporter (“A shove from the right,” Letters to the editor, Metro Times, Feb. 23). Bill Archer wrote about how people who are against the president always complain about him, criticize his decision-making and attack him as a person. You see, Mr. Archer, we don’t hate the president; we hate what he does, and, technically, we have no control over what he does. Since he took over the economy has gone down the drain, the dollar is down, unemployment is up, and not to mention the murdering of countless brave U.S. soldiers and innocent people overseas.
George Bush should not have started this war with Iraq; and even if he had to start it, why are they still there now? Who died and made him god of the world? There are many other countries in far worse condition than Iraq. Look at how many countries are starving with nothing to eat and no clean water to drink. Why doesn’t George help them with the billions of tax dollars he’s put into the war efforts? I’ll tell you why: because there is no benefit for him! To George the war in Iraq is an investment opportunity. The return of precious oil is worth the cost of billions of our tax dollars, and the even more valuable sacrifice of people’s children and children’s parents.
I’d like to know if Mr. Archer has any children. Would he like to sacrifice them for George Bush’s cause? —Yoseh Dagher, Dearborn
An Ash fan sounds off
To Brian Smith: Why the reference to Wishbone Ash when reviewing the Worlds Apart album? (Spun, Metro Times, Feb. 23) I don’t know this band and therefore wouldn’t slag them off without need — something which you have obviously done with Wishbone Ash in your review. Your liberal sprinkling of the word “pop” throughout the piece shows that a) you feel that this year’s “in” thing is all that anyone should be concerned with and b) you know nothing about Wishbone Ash, which has never been a pop band.
If you don’t like Worlds Apart, then that’s fine, but don’t sully the good name of a very hard-working band that still enthralls its fans throughout the world. (They recently completed a U.S. tour. Did you know that? Thought not.)
Bonus points for the use of “2112 trillion Rush points” — shows that you’re not a total lost cause. —John Lockney, South Shields, England, UK
Distaff DJ delights
I enjoyed the column about Detroit’s music scene (“Baby, its cold inside,” Metro Times, Feb. 9). I am a Detroiter, and it’s a privilege to read about the city from a musical standpoint, its impact and success. Your article has informed me about Detroit’s many talents and performers. My mind, eyes, and ears have been opened to technical musicians such as DJ Minx and DJ Hell. I’m inspired to get my hands on a set of turntables and spin, but I get a thrill just reading about those who already have (like DJ Minx). This article makes history for me because it has given me the opportunity to finally read about a female DJ who is making an impact on the music industry. I am pleased to see a female is getting recognition for her efforts just as the men do. I’m looking forward to hearing about the ladies puttin’ their “spin” on things. —Jesse M. Lowe, Detroit, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last but not least
I would like to sincerely thank Rebecca Mazzei for her article on ZeD, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s cutting-edge, after-hours, interactive-multimedia-alternative arts show (“Northern exposure,” Metro Times, March 2).
While it may have enlightened those unfamiliar with the program, it must be noted this isn’t the first time the CBC has produced such an exceptional program. About seven years ago, the CBC series Wired had the exact same type of underground and non-mainstream format you describe. Unfortunately, it was canceled. Please continue to put the word out about this extraordinary program.
Also, just to let you know, the enchanting Ziya Tong is only one of a group of regular, revolving hosts on ZeD — they have other hotties too! —Ronald Clark, Detroit, email@example.comSend comments to firstname.lastname@example.org