Suds story

In his review of Mt. Chalet ("Swiss bliss," Metro Times, Sept. 20), Mel Small wrote: "Mt. Chalet is especially proud to purvey Celis white, a Belgian-style beer that dates from 1453 and is now brewed under the authority of the Celis family in Austin, Texas."

Mt. Chalet should be proud, not only because they're serving a world-class beer, but also because that beer is made right up the road in Webberville. Fact is, brewing conglomerate Miller canned the brand, so to speak, and closed the Austin brewery back in 2001.

Michigan Brewing Company bought the rights and had Pierre Celis himself help get this white beer flowing again. —Todd Abrams, Ferndale


Gender rejoinder

Re: Some of the recent mail (Letters to the Editor, Metro Times, Sept. 27) regarding your story on Stephanie Loveless ("Transformer," Metro Times, Sept. 13), students of psychiatry know that gender identification is not about lurid portraiture, but traceable biological features of the brain. Additionally, yesterday's mental illness has often become today's norm, and vice versa. Not long ago, fear might have prompted Stephanie Loveless to flee from those who would share her secret. Today, her exposure is notable. Publication justified. —Paully Moonbeam, Farmington Hills


Michigan's being starved?

Re: Jack Lessenberry's recent column about our state's economic plight, "Who has the better idea?" (Metro Times, Sept. 20), he's partially right. Most Michigan voters are either staying still or losing ground. The wages we're paid are sickly, to say the least. I believe what we have is this scenario: We, the voters, are being punished for our choice four years ago for governor. The companies based in Michigan are starving the state of needed capital in a pissing contest with its work force.

The outsourcing debate is just a symptom of a larger issue: sweat equity. We have been told by corporate America that we can't compete with China unless our wages are dropped to bare bones. The ones who trusted in corporate governance and took the wage concession, health care sharing or complete elimination of programs, after sacrificing are getting pink slips instead of bonus checks. Despite a rise in corporate profits, the workers are getting nothing for their trouble and looking foolish for taking the offer. I mean, if you meet your obligation and gave what was asked of you and, despite that, were told your business was moving overseas anyway, it shows you how little regard businesses have for their work force. —Eric Schichl, Taylor


So much to be afraid of

Re: Jack Lessenberry's article "Who has the better idea?": I've been picking up your weekly paper for months, usually at my local bowling alley. The people I see at the bar — like in many metro Detroit blue-collar bars or bowling alleys — are mostly union guys. And, it's really a scary prospect, what I hear them talking about. Statistics are one thing, but actually seeing a fortysomething man sipping his beer and frantically telling his buddies what he heard about the Winsdor plant or the plant in Ohio gets me to thinking. These people are full of fear. Now, the worst is bound to be upon us. Other local economies are failing. Houses, as you say, aren't selling very well, and we all know the last real Democrat worth hoping for was George McGovern. That was in 1972; and he was running for president. This is 2006, and nobody worthwhile wants anything to do with Detroit, let alone its steadily withering economy.

There is no fixing it, and whether or not this sweet little lady Democrat from Chicago has big plans for a previously big city, but it's going to take more than a foolproof plan.

The plan itself is hopeful; I support it 100 percent. But, this "media" you speak of is really nonexistent. If you're talking about the local news, the last time I checked, the main story was concerning an old lady and her lost kittens. The way I see it, the local news wants nothing to do with the real problems unless they've already been solved. Good news does not necessarily mean good ratings in Detroit. —Braden Bell, Bloomfield Twp.

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