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Are We Getting Punk’d

We received some genuine fan mail to share this month; three pieces, in fact. (Actually, one of them was held over from last month. Glad we banked it!) We’ve been hoping to hear back from you. You’ve been so quiet lately. You know us: We’re very needy lot.

However, our patience has seemingly been rewarded. And, don’t you worry — we’re not the type to rest on our laurels. We know we’re likely to rub someone the wrong way again, soon. That’s just how we roll.

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Oh Stop! No Really, Go On …

Dear Editor:

Congratulations on creating a richly readable, well laid out and sensibly upbeat publication. I’m a pretty fussy editor, and I find very few nits to pick. Good story mix, nice graphics, lots of friendly white space. Great job!

— Pauline Averbach

The writer is a copy editor at Dearborn-based Team Detroit, WPP’s umbrella organization for the Detroit offices of advertising agencies Ogilvy (Ogilvy & Mather), Y&R (Young & Rubicam), Wunderman, Mindshare and JWT (J. Walter Thompson).

Dear Editor:

I always enjoy reading the wide variety of well-written and hip articles in your new-ish magazine. Thanks for adding this worthy supplement to the JN!

— Susan Sinai
West Bloomfield

The Shining City on the Hill

Dear Editor:

RE: “Coming to America” (July 2011)

I was pleased to stumble on your website while researching something on Canada Day recently. [Canada Day is Canada’s version of Independence Day, and is celebrated annually on July 1.] I read with interest writer Karynne Naftolin’s essay on the view of the States and its citizens from up above. (We do sit above you, geographically speaking.) There are many things I think the writer hit on that ring true.

As someone married to an American (I’m Canadian) and studying for her Ph.D. in political science, I remain hyper-aware of his impressions (and disdain) regarding global diplomacy. He is not alone, as results of myriad opinion polls undertaken to gauge U.S. public attitudes toward the subject have underscored.

However, the writer also speaks to an inherent embrace of individualism that Americans seem born with, which has allowed the country to become the preeminent global superpower of our times.

U.S. exceptionalism, as best captured by Ronald Reagan’s acceptance speech at the 1984 Republican National Convention, speaks of America as the shining city on the hill. That’s the principal view most Americans have toward their country. And, for good or bad, it works.

— Rebecca Rosensweig
North York, Ontario

The writer is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Toronto in
Ontario, Canada.

President Reagan’s concluding remarks from his 1984 presidential nomination
acceptance speech:

“The poet [Emma Lazarus] called Miss Liberty’s torch the ‘lamp beside the golden door.’ Well, that was the entrance to America, and it still is. And now you really know why we’re here tonight.

“The glistening hope of that lamp is still ours. Every promise, every opportunity is still golden in this land. And through that golden door our children can walk into tomorrow with the knowledge that no one can be denied the promise that is America.

“Her heart is full; her door is still golden, her future bright. She has arms big enough to comfort and strong enough to support, for the strength in her arms is the strength of her people. She will carry on in the ’80s unafraid, unashamed and unsurpassed.

“In this springtime of hope, some lights seem eternal; America’s is. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.”



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