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Editor’s Note: We are not surprised when readers take the time to express their dismay with an article; that’s just how it usually works — and we are grateful for their opinions. It is more unique to receive mail that praises — that, too, makes us happy. Either way, we appreciate and encourage readers to send us their comments (and compliments). Email us at:


RE: “Helfy’s Hit Parade” (December 2010)

I can’t agree more with Adam [Helfman]’s assessment of Ellen’s Bakery and Cafe for its outstanding breakfasts. As an aficionado of that wonderful establishment, I also have to add that their lunches are equally wonderful. All ingredients are fresh and — during the warm months — you’ll see Chef George stepping out the door to clip some basil or oregano growing in a flowerpot at the side of the building.
— Barbara Mayer, Bloomfield Hills


I finished reading Red Thread last night (in addition to being a slow reader, I’m in the middle of another book), and I wanted to say that I think you are really doing a great job. In only its second issue, it has developed a strong identity and one that I think perfectly matches its audience. I honestly think it is remarkable how quickly and accurately you have been able to establish and connect the reader to the content. The editorial letter was also very well done, a good balance between humor, being proud of the first issue, yet at the same time recognizing that there is always room for constructive criticism. You should be proud. Keep up the good work.
— Gil Feldman, Huntington Woods


RE: “Extreme Makeover — Detroit Edition (December, 2010)

What a fun surprise to receive the December 2010 Red Thread. Over a cup of coffee, I read and enjoyed this December edition cover to cover. I particularly enjoyed the article “Extreme Makeover- Detroit Edition,” which was uplifting, inspiring and a strong reminder of the power of creativity, re-invention and the strength of the human spirit — all of which are plentiful in Detroit and all of Michigan.

I was particularly interested in the comments from community members in the 20-to-50 age group regarding Detroit, Metro Detroit and issues facing the Detroit Jewish community.

It gave me insight into what younger people are thinking (I am age 52). I am glad to see you presenting the Detroit area in a fun and positive light. I am looking forward to watching Detroit, Metro Detroit — and all of Michigan — grow and thrive.

I will look forward to reading future publications of Red Thread along with the Jewish News.
— Karen Burstein, Farmington Hills


RE: “Home Is Where the Heart Longs To Be: An Essay” (December 2010).

Here we have a 20-something-yearold writing an essay about what it was like living in Detroit. Growing up in West Bloomfi eld is not Detroit; Franklin Cider Mill is not Detroit.

What does this “wet-behind-the-ears” know about living in Detroit? “Damn you, Eminem,” she wrote of children going to school where their parents once suffered.

I was born and raised in Detroit and graduated from Mumford High School in 1958. I never suffered. I worked at Northland in 1957. I never had fear — but I would today.

Detroit, written by a pampered girl from a rich suburb — she knows nothing of Detroit. Who approved this article?
— Russi Adren, Livonia

Editor’s Response: We believe the reader misunderstood — or completely missed the point of — the author’s essay. While it is true the author did not grow up within the geographic boundaries of the “city of Detroit,” she appropriately used the word “Detroit” as a euphemism for the greater metropolitan area.

The author was expressing her dismay at those who would cast aspersions at “our” city (and its adjacent suburbs), given that this area is a wonderful place to grow up, live, work and raise a family.

Her reference to the musician Eminem and his autobiographical movie, 8 Mile, intimated his cinematic tome did the city (or region) few favors in the arena of public perception — regardless if the depiction was, in fact, his experience.

We would argue that, whether one lives north or south of the actual 8 Mile, most residents of Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties — when asked where they are from when traveling — would say, “Detroit.”

In which case, we should be allowed (with pride) to call ourselves Detroiters without impunity — or required proof of “street cred.”

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