Is the Midwest Local?

Re: “The Tribune Should Get Out More Often: It is not illegal to cross state lines to commit an act of journalism,” by Michael Miner, March 10

Michael Miner makes the point that the Trib is missing a good story about the union fight in Madison. Miner suggests some reasons why they are not following the story as closely as some other news agencies are, but he leaves out one reason I think may be in play. Remember, the Chicago Tribune are union busters themselves, having busted their own unions long ago. They may be willfully not staffing the story, in order to diminish the demonstrations. In fact they ran an editorial admonishing the Democratic legislators for hiding out in Illinois, and not facing their duty to vote on a workable budget, which was a lie on the Tribune‘s part. Not once in that editorial did the Tribune mention the fact that the Dems were here in Illinois to avoid a vote on collective bargaining, which we all know was their real reason for being here. I guess the Tribune doesn’t read anybody but themselves or they would know that. —Gordon Munden, West Eddy

Let’s cut the crap. The paper is mostly features and/or filler, little hard news, as we used to call it in the biz. Local, regional, national, international, interplanetary, whatever, news of any kind is hard to find. It’s a rag only a notch or two above the other city rag. Both deserve to fail. Even the sports writing sucks. What’s left? Dead fish deserve better burials that’s for sure. —sammy zoso

Dick Move

Re: “Philip K. Dick, Adjusted: Philip K. Dick’s conceptual sci-fi fable gets retrofitted into the latest Matt Damon actioner,” by J.R. Jones, March 10

Wow, sorry I read that. Didn’t realize the ending would be given away. —halcyon

Hey, thanks for giving away the end of my review. —J.R. Jones

That spoiler was not cool. —Desi Arnaz

There’s a spoiler warning right above it, so I think it’s perfectly cool. —J.R. Jones

In any case, the long review seemed almost willfully determined to not go with the fun of the movie’s premise and to insist on plodding logicality (why don’t they open a manhole in front of Blunt? THEY DON’T KNOW EITHER why they don’t do that, their mindless bureaucratic persistence is kind of part of the point of the ending, that it takes a human’s gumption and free will to make some form of sense out of the insanely complex plan). —Ronald McFirbank

That’s an interesting point. But if you’re trying to make a case for The Adjustment Bureau as some sort of multimillion-dollar exercise in Theater of the Absurd, the marketing people at Universal Pictures don’t seem to have gotten that memo. —J.R. Jones