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Power outrage

Thank you for the article "Glow Job" (News Hits, Metro Times, Aug. 22), which reveals the nuclear industry support by Rep. Fred Upton. Regional press has been starkly inadequate on the subject of our representatives acting as shills for the industry, and of the NRC (No Regulatory Control) lack of public input into the process of the 20-year relicensing of the Palisades Nuclear Plant. Outrage over this presumptive dependence upon nuclear power well into the 21st century should be statewide and regionwide (both Midwestern and Great Lakes). Thank you for your attention to this matter. —Gary Karch, Niles


Fuelish approach

I pray Curt Guyette is right when he says that opposition to ethanol is growing ("Corn hole," Metro Times, Aug. 15). It becomes clearer every day that it is neither the answer to our present dependence on foreign oil nor to helping save our endangered environment. It seems in fact a lose-lose situation for all but big agribusiness. I am sad to know that our Michigan lawmakers seem solidly behind it. Does anyone care that burning what is actually food in our fuel tanks, making food unaffordable to the poor of the Third World and ever more expensive for us, is nothing short of immoral? —Sigrid Dale, Warren


Second opinion on single

A recent column, "Now's the time" ("Stir It Up," Metro Times, Aug. 15) suggests that the United Auto Workers should support a single-payer health care system as they go through negotiations with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. These negotiations are a great opportunity to effect positive change in our health care system; however, we need to look to better solutions than the implementation of a defective government-run system.

Under a single-payer system, the government would hold a monopoly over coverage, offering a one-size-fits-all insurance plan. This means that if the government reduces funding or denies coverage for medical technologies or procedures determined to be too costly, Americans would have to forgo life-saving procedures or finance them out of pocket. In practice, lack of alternatives and overuse of the system would result in diminished quality, innovation and efficiency among health care providers. In reality, we know that virtually all of the countries with a government-run model in place have been plagued by a range of critical problems, including healthcare rationing, loss of physicians and restrictions on health care investments.

No one is denying the need for health care reform or the moral imperative to provide health care access to all Americans. However, advocating that America adopt a flawed single-payer system is illogical. We deserve a system that encourages quality and efficiency, not one that limits choice and will fall short of good expectations. —Steve Selinskey, treasurer, National Association of Health Underwriters, Farmington Hills


Smoked out

I wholeheartedly agree with Larry Gabriel's assessment of the shamelessness of individuals such as Michael Vick and corporate culprits en masse ("Shameless," Metro Times, Aug. 29). Gabriel notes that every day people do things that were once considered shameful. How about people doing shameful things that were once socially acceptable? Case in point is Metro Times' acceptance of "bribe money," er, advertising dollars from the tobacco industry. Gabriel writes, "But corporations are the most audacious, most shameless of all entities. Their managers will literally sell you poison — think tobacco companies — and then bat their eyes and play innocent about it." If Vick, his co-conspirators and the dog-fighting crowd are culpable for their shameful acts, why not publicity outlets like Metro Times that are the final rung in tobacco companies' advertising food chain? If I were to put up posters for the Vick dog-fighting matches and claim that I was pursuing my rights as a capitalist to make money, would I be any less shameless? —Renoir Gaither, Toledo


Bash 'em

I'm a long time reader of Metro Times. I had to tell Jack Lessenberry that lately his work has been soft. The writing has been good, but the topics have been crap. Could you please beat the shit out of someone that deserves it?

House Speaker Andy Dillon maybe ... —Chris George, Royal Oak


Dogged logic

Let's not overlook that 53 dogs were put to death inhumanely because they were unfortunately entrusted in Michael Vick's hands. ("Shameless," Metro Times, Aug. 29). Let's not overlook that Michael Vick made house money taking bets from the stands. Let's not overlook that he murdered dogs unwilling to fight by drowning, electrocution guns and strangulation. Let's not overlook the connection between animal cruelty and the harm some humans will do to others. Remember the small steps taken for brother to kill brother. Let's not overlook that our NFL stars should never be heroes worthy of songs when they torture, kill and maim dogs for fun. It's time to condemn what he's done, what we know is wrong. This ain't Vegas, baby. You'll find me picketing anyplace he shows his face. Ya gotta draw a line someplace. Cruelly murdering dogs is a good starting place that has nothing to do with race. —Daniel L Theisen, Lake Orion


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