July 29 2009 12:00 AM

Who does Bernero reach?

The City Pulse report of the UAW endorsement of (incumbent Virg) Bernero for Lansing’s next mayor surprises me. I’ve figured the only Bernero supporters were the "cool" people who were looking for and often getting a handout from the city. Mike Green, president of UAW local 652, says that Bernero opened people’s eyes to the issues here. What people is he talking about? Who hasn’t seen clearly for several years what has been happening to our auto industry? Bernero’s rush to "open people’s eyes" was more a chance to open his big, nasty mouth and seek the limelight. And as Shakespeare’s Macbeth said, "A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." I’m sure the decision to keep General Motors plants open here was based on the newness of the plants and their exceptional work force, which will decide for itself who to support for mayor.

— Claude R. Beavers Lansing

Doesn’t like ‘Kids’ column

This new approach to covering City Hall leaves much to be desired: we don’t need sarcasm and snarky, we need solid reporting. Bring back Angela Vasquez- Giroux, or at least do some real reporting. We depend on the City Pulse since the LSJ is so lacking in meaningful coverage of local politics.

— Loretta Stanaway From www.LansingCityPulse.com

Thoughts on Kluge’s reviews

Thanks to Jeff Magnuson for putting into print Len Kluge’s passion for quality in performance. He truly was a talented craftsman on many levels.

Where both Jeff and Mr. Kluge have missed the point is regarding reviews of community theater. What ruffled the feathers of many local theater buffs was not Kluge’s never-disputed personal professionalism, but his holding amateur performers to that same standard. The job of a critic is simply to evaluate a given production. What was its goal? Did it achieve that goal? One does not toss off a romantic comedy because it is not Shakespeare. As long as it does not pretend to be Shakespeare, it has achieved its goal of romantic fluff.

In his written defense on earlier pages of City Pulse, Kluge stated that because some amateur performances had been praised for their professionalism, he justified expecting all such productions to reach that level. This is a ludicrous expectation knowing the wide range of talent involved in any community production. Most of us who are involved with performing arts do need an "atta boy" once in a while. Positive reinforcement feeds creativity. To minimize it ("You really like me!") serves no purpose. As far as not reading any reviews during the run of a show is concerned, in community it is all volunteer. We all act the parts, build the sets, and self-promote. It kind of is necessary to read those reviews.

While no one would truly want an undeserved ringing endorsement, an unnecessarily negative one from opening night can severely damage ticket sales for the rest of the run.

You are correct in that a review is only one person’s opinion, but too many readers forget that. At the risk of appearing to speak ill of the dead, Kluge’s very professionalism may have blinded him to the very heart of amateur theater criticism. We will miss him for his talent, his mentoring skills, but not for his community theater reviews.

— O From www.LansingCityPulse.com

Information on Efren Paredes case

People of conscience who wish to learn more about the facts (of the case of Efren Paredes) are invited to visit www.4Efren.com.

People who would like to learn how they can support Efrén’s release can visit: www.tinyurl.com/FreeEPJ. The evidence is clear that Efrén did not commit this crime. New evidence continues to surface to support this fact as well. Efrén’s innocence is underscored by the support he has from thousands of people across the nation including community leaders, professors, organizations, clergy, legal scholars, a world-renowned private investigator and wrongful convictions expert named Paul Ciolino, and many other people of conscience.

As long as Efrén remains in prison none of us are free.

—Velia From www.LansingCityPulse.com