A lot of Chicagoans think of themselves as upstart media mavens, but not many ever get prominent enough to be taken seriously in the Reader. The folks at Stop Smiling should be proud that Martha Bayne took the time to call them out on their inconsistencies [“The Nice Magazine,” March 17]. If you’re going to claim the tradition of Thompson and Royko and no one bothers to smack you around, you’re doing something wrong. Take this as both a token of your success and a challenge to stop coddling your subjects. You have the power, friends.

Emerson Dameron

Ukrainian Village