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Re: "Three chords & the truth" (June 9), thanks to Brett Callwood and Doug Coombe for capturing the raw rock 'n' roll spirit of this Detroit music icon, who was an inspiration to many with his DIY ethic. After witnessing every incarnation of his career, it's great to hear that he has no plans to stop bringing his music to the kids anytime soon. I know my rock 'n' roll journey wouldn't have been the same. —Sue Summers, Static Network & Records, Detroit
The last tycoon
Jack Lessenberry nailed it when he said, "Matty Moroun is one of the worst corporate citizens, ever."
Here's how Moroun could go down as one of the best: First, give up on his hare-brained "twin span" bridge scheme (and monopoly). Then, lobby for passage of Newt Gingrich's idea to eliminate all taxes for Detroit developers for 10 years. After that, take the gobs of money that would have been spent on a new bridge where few constituencies want it (including the country of Canada) and build the following along the Michigan Avenue corridor where ol' Matty owns bunches of dilapidated buildings: housing for the middle class, a charter school (grades 1 through 12), a new police precinct, an honest-to-goodness supermarket, a public park (with appropriate historical monuments) at the site of the old Tiger Stadium, a world trade center at a rehabilitated Michigan Central Railroad building, rehabbed buildings to attract retailers and entrepreneurs in the life sciences, new technologies, you name it. I could go on, but you get the picture.
That kind of development by one of America's richest tycoons would be the catalyst for a new Detroit that would help put the city on the road to real vibrancy — with human scale, urbanity, a sense of community, etc. — like the old Detroit of Moroun's early days. Plus, he'd likely go down in history in a way similar to how Henry Ford is remembered for how he kick-started growth in Detroit at the beginning of the last century. —Len Bokuniewicz, Clarkston
Credit where due
Re: "Credit check" (June 9), I am a former Bank of America banker who saw how abusive credit checks had become in the 12 years I worked there. I started becoming a credit check abuse advocate over two years ago when they started talking about the banking bailouts. I live in Las Vegas, Nev., the foreclosure capital of the world; each month the unemployment rate goes higher and higher and each month more and more bankruptcies are filed, so this is issue that is very close to my heart. I read any media attention this issue gets on a daily basis and I just want to say you have done a fabulous job in writing this article. We need more public awareness on this vital jobs issue.
Your state bill is a blessing, and I hope the voters of your state know how lucky they are. Here in Nevada, I write my representative, Sen. Harry Reid, and get no word of encouragement or support.
If employers feel justified doing this now and can warrant this invasion of our personal lives just to get a job what is next? A cotton swab to the cheek? Employment offers made on DNA background? It's coming, people; it's next, if we let this go any further. —Jacquelyn Romero, Las Vegas
Bill of goods
"WTF?" has been the general sentiment around town after hearing news of Bill Holdship being laid off/excommunicated as music editor of the Metro Times — after incisive cover stories on Eminem, Iggy, James Williamson and more. These stories and others should have been in national press like Rolling Stone.
Of course, there's some real talent left in the MT music department, but Bill was a class act. You guys need a balanced team. Sometimes Bill would rave about Bruce Springsteen too much, but that's no reason to playa-hate. Bill knows and talks trash with Kim Fowley, for God's sake!
Last winter Bill came to the hospital I was trapped in and interviewed me for over six hours. Then he called people all over the country for many touching testimonials on my "greatness." It almost brought a tear to my eye. He also cleared up some long-held misconceptions about me and even my problems with ADD.
Thanks to people like Bill and the outpouring of support from the local community at the two benefits, maybe I can repurchase a drum set. Thanks, Bill. Let the boy rock, Metro Peeps! —Bootsey X, aka Robert Mulrooney, Hamtramck
Editor's note: Bill Holdship is far from excommunicated from these pages. Expect him to contribute more great stories to Metro Times.
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