Why should any Baltimorean ever want to indulge in a fine fiction novel, when we have stuff popping here that you could not even script?

Why should any Baltimorean ever want to indulge in a fine fiction novel, when we have stuff popping here that you could not even script? My reference is to the "pajama party" Tavon White ran out of the erstwhile known BDC (Baltimore Detention Center) (Baltimore City Power Rankings and "Corrupt to the Core," Mobtown Beat, May 1).

According to White, he ran the prison. Who's to deny it? The Department of Corrections spokespersons certainly did not, nor did they refute his claim. Some female corrections officers lined up for some good ol' fashioned jailhouse escapades. Some could not stand it; they came back for second helpings, so to speak. Babies were ushered into this frightening, morose world in a stinking, filthy penitentiary. What a lovely legacy!

I often disagreed with the late Ron Smith of WBAL radio fame. But I wholeheartedly agreed with him when he referred to the country in which we live as "Absurdistan."

Again, I must ask, who's to deny it?

Patrick R. Lynch

Nottingham, MD

The suggestion that Governor Martin O'Malley will be hurt by the Black Guerrilla Family scandal is premature. Public Safety secretary Gary Maynard will fall on his sword in the coming weeks while the Governor's Irish Mafia will figure out a way to place blame on former governors Ehrlich or Schaefer, The Baltimore Sun will back them up, and the national press will buy into it as they always do. It will be a minor footnote by the time he starts sniffing around Iowa and New Hampshire. Too bad.

C.D. Wilmer

Baltimore

This Jihadist World Tom Tomorrow's "This Modern World" about the Guantanamo hunger strikers (Mobtown Beat, May 1) brings some questions to mind. 1) With uncounted thousands of jihadists already in the field, would releasing the Guantanamo 166 into the pool (many of whom might simply go home to their families) really increase the jihadist threat to U.S. security? 2) Inspired by the hunger strikers, with each passing day, how many times over are the 166 prisoners joining the jihadist ranks? And finally, 3) Will the U.S. Congress ever realize that caging sentient human beings (even jihadist) in perpetuity, without charges and trials, is a totally misguided, self-defeating, medieval policy?

Herman M. Heyn

Baltimore

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