Letters to the Editor
Taking advantage of a broken system.
Muttraker, Guns and Bridges, Hits a Hit
Published: April 23, 2013
Dear old Jack Lessenberry. I just read your column “Shooting Puppies” (April 10) and while I agree that the Second Amendment shouldn’t protect people and give them the right the shoot a 5-pound dog, is this really the only thing that you could think of to write about this week? The police and Detroit Dog Rescue both blamed the owner, something that even I can somewhat agree with. Sure, the guy probably didn’t need to shoot the dog, but keep your dog locked up. Some people are terrified of dogs. I work with men bigger than I (I’m 5-foot-10) who are terrified at the sight of a Yorkie (not much bigger than a Chihuahua).
I read something more important yesterday that was posted at the Motor City Muckraker blog, which reported that there are, on average, 15 arsons in Detroit per day. Write a story about that. Not a dog getting shot by a man with a gun permit. I know it doesn’t fall into your agenda, but it’s much more important than what you wrote this week. In the story they talked to a boy who lives in the city who said he’s “used to it.” He looked to be about 10 years old at the most. That’s sad.
Remember, rarely are gun crimes committed by people with concealed weapon permits. Out of all the murders in Detroit this year, how many of those people who committed them legally owned the gun and had a legal permit to conceal? Very few I’m sure. -Mike Conte, Roseville
Guns and Bridges
As Jack Lessenberry (“A Bridge to Somewhere,” April 17) accurately writes, Matty Moroun maintains his “overwater transport monopoly” through “buying … Michigan legislators.” Since a monopoly can only exist when collusion with government takes place (a principle that he illustrates wonderfully with the Ambassador Bridge example), it is worth mentioning the obvious contradiction in Lessenberry’s political philosophy, as he continually seeks more government yet laments over its unintended consequences, while never stopping to establish causality. It’s the same logic as is applied to Newtown; rather than identify what may have caused Adam Lanza to go over the edge (pharmaceuticals perhaps?), we attack guns, when most of us have the ability to kill with our bare hands, let alone with countless items that aren’t firearms.
Matty Moroun is just a man taking advantage of a broken system. You don’t have to end him, just put a stop to his means of manipulation.-Brian Moore, Detroit
Hits a Hit
I always turn to News Hits first to see what Curt Guyette has to say in his insightful, informed, no-holds-barred style. And I was not disappointed to read his very helpful take on the new EM for Detroit (“Giving the EM a Fist?” March 27).
As a lifelong Detroiter, I am of two minds about this (and I’m sure I’m not alone): I recognize the dysfunction of our city government and the intense need to apply some hard-chosen solutions. But I feel occupied. Guyette’s article helped to inform me, clarify some issues, and armed me with some good points to use in any discussions I may be involved in.-Suzanne Antisdel, Detroit
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