The Mail: 11/4-11/11

Readers weigh in on our dirt bikes cover story, ghost tours, and more.

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"The ethical dilemmas of Fells Point Ghost Tours"

OMG, pls calm down, it's really not that serious. Isn't it exhausting to constantly try to find things to be offended by?

—"bodymore," Nov. 1

The fact that neither tour mentions Miss Irene's (bar at Ann and Thames now the Pointe) as being haunted lets me know they have no clue as to what they are talking about.

—"Balmy Ballmer," Nov. 1

Good points in the article, though it would be better with more specific examples of real history instead of vague nuh-uh. And for all the concern about authenticity, may I suggest not calling it "Fells"? That's what drunk frat boys call it.

—"JoAnne Schmitz," Nov. 1

"An educator's response to the brutal South Carolina student arrest video"

As a public high school teacher I like the idea above to get the parents involved. I do not like the idea of telling a student to stop a behavior and when they don't to just move on. That weakens one's authority and breeds dissent. At what point will the teacher then be serious and have to say I really extra mean it this time pretty please!? The student and desk should have been removed from the classroom if she would not comply and then promptly dealt with away from the audience. What kind of society will we have if our rules are wantonly disregarded? This was a prime time to educate but now I fear the wrong message was sent.

—"Ron Epperson," Oct. 29

"For What?: A recent crackdown on illegal dirt bikes leaves the community embattled, while talk of a legal track gains momentum"

Sudden elaborate crackdown on ordinances that have hardly been enforced for decades? Sudden rash of new ordinances regarding an activity or item that's been around forever? It can only mean one thing: It's become popular among black people. It's okay, though. I'm sure those nice officers just want to take those young fellas home and have a helpful chat with their parents, just like in the white 'burbs. Thank goodness we have the BPD to keep Baltimore s'gosh darn wholesome.

—"Vince Gay," Oct. 28

Because it's against the law. Because it is a nuisance to your neighbor. Because it's disruptive, etc., etc., etc., etc. There are too many reasons why not to do it. Just because that's what you want to do, doesn't make it ok.

—"Shae Lunga-Williams," Oct. 28

The problem is that the majority of these people riding them are doing it wrecklessly and endangering themselves and other people.

—"Amy Jordan," Oct. 28

I don't care about the willies or the lack of helmets, but I do not like that they block traffic as they pass by, or the implied threat if I should collide with them. They can do what they do without messing with me, and they should.

—"skybluebye," Oct. 31

This article states it perfectly clear: out-of-towners are coming in to clog the streets with their dangerous moves because they know they can. Enough is enough. I've lived here long enough to know that kids doing wheelies down Pratt Street wasn't the way it always was. Stop making dirt bikers look like innocents. As a tax payer and homeowner, don't I have the right to enjoy an afternoon of quiet or do these kids with their loud-ass bikes ruining my peace and quiet have more of a right? Fuck that.

—"gmatt2008," Oct. 28

"Waverly Brewing Company prepares to open its doors (in Woodberry)"

I guess I nailed it with "hipster hunting lodge" when I said it three weeks ago...

And I don't mean that with ANY snark or shade. The place is gorgeous and the beers are interesting AND delicious!

I can't wait for the official opening.

—"Scott Altpeter," Oct. 27

Don't worry folks, bubbles never burst!

—"Julian Walkley," Oct. 27

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