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Bob’s the Man

I was pleased to read the City Folk article about Bob Lienhardt and his fascinating life (Oct. 27). I had the pleasure of meeting Bob a few years ago while working for a state agency. He popped in one day, tote bag in hand, and after assisting him with some day to-day-services, Bob presented me with one of his (now) famous frogs. Since then I’ve spotted these smiling ceramic creatures around Baltimore, but none is as special as the one by my kitchen window. I’m glad to know more about Bob and will remember him (even if he won’t remember me).  

Meredith Memmer

Baltimore

Hack Attack?

Let me understand this: Heather Mizeur gets trashed by the Maryland Democratic machine in the gubernatorial primary, then shows her disgust with both Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and Governor elect Larry Hogan for their nasty and dishonest campaigns, then says vote for Brown anyway (The Wandering Eye, Nov. 5)? All that shows me is that she is just a party hack and not an inspired leader of her party.

C. D. Wilmer

Baltimore

I couldn’t disagree more with Van Smith! Politically, Maryland is the envy of Democrats throughout our country! The Democrats have kept their congressional delegation 6-1. Both our Senators are Democrats. Democrats still have overwhelming majorities in both the House of Delegates and State Senate. And the only two other statewide races—Attorney General and Comptroller—were won by the Democrats by a greater percentage than Larry Hogan’s victory! I think it would be safe to say that had either one of them ran against Hogan, he would be toast!

The question we should ask is: Why did Marylanders dislike Anthony Brown so much and not the rest of the Democratic ticket?

I felt my vote—as a Democrat—was being taken for granted by the Brown campaign, especially after I got to see how hard Attorney General-elect Brian Frosh worked for my vote during the primaries. I’m an engaged voter and I did not see the Brown campaign kick into gear until a couple of weeks before the election. That was too little, too late. He had no message that resonated other than being for universal pre-K and keeping us safe, and that was it. Brown ran a poor campaign, like it was a mere technicality on the way to his coronation!

Another factor that led to Brown’s defeat—other than too many lazy Democrats who don’t vote unless it’s a presidential election year—is racism. Let’s be honest, it didn’t help his campaign that Anthony Brown is African-American. One should vote for a candidate strictly based on their beliefs, integrity, and competence, not what they look like. Anthony Brown’s beliefs are in sync with Maryland and he certainly has integrity, but based on his poor election campaign, his competence is certainly called into question! He let the Democrats and other progressives down and now we have a very conservative, NRA-“A”-rated Republican governor—and total gridlock—for the next four years unless the Dems are prepared to cave. The Republicans throughout the entire United States have made it crystal clear they have no interest in compromise or governing like grown-ups.

Dan Greifenberger

Baltimore

Soap Your Mouth Out

“Up My Ass,” rude language, and Mr. Wrong’s favorite and oft-repeated expletive are not necessary for an “alternative” voice in the news to be well-heard, understood, and respected (“A Horseshoe Up My Ass,” Feature, Nov. 5).

John Dorsey

Baltimore

Integrity and Credibility

After reading Edward Ericson Jr.’s commentary (“Body Cameras,” Mobtown Beat, Nov. 5), it made me wonder why, when police officers were found to be incompetent and distrustful, they weren’t terminated. Why would the mayor’s office trust the integrity of police officers when they have repeatedly shown they don’t know what integrity is?

Leo A. Williams

Baltimore

Corrections: In the story “Blinded with Science?” (Arts & Entertainment, Nov. 5) we quoted a Baltimore Sun story referring to Katherine S. Newman as the  dean of Hopkins’ Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, when Newman is now the former dean. In the same story, we refer to Red Emma’s as an anarchist collective. Collective member Cullen Enn points out that Red Emma’s “is a collective that contains anarchists (some—not all of us) and is inspired by anarchist theory and practice; but we do not define ourselves collectively as an anarchist project.” City Paper regrets the errors.


FROM THE WEB, FACEBOOK, AND TWITTER

David Simon responds to Mike Rowe’s attempt to ‘save’ Baltimore’s reputation after ‘The Wire’”

There is room in this great debate for everyone who loves BMore to offer thoughts and opinions about her great potential. #LuvBMore 

–“Kim Truehart,” Nov. 10


BALTIMORE IS NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY LARGE CITY WITH a Crime and Drug problem. ..and when you add issues with education and race relations than u have a whole other topic that no one can or have time too address when u have shows like the WIRE THAT SOME HOW PEOPLE THINK GIVE THE CITY A BAD REP...IT’S NOT SHOWS LIKE THE WIRE THAT GIVE THE CITY A BAD REP..IT JUST GIVE EVERY ONE A.LOOK AT WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON DAY TOO DAY ...AND IT BEING BROUGHT TOO YOU ON A SCALE OF HERE IT IS...THIS IS WHAT’S REAL..IF WE DONT GET A GRIP ON IT THAN IT WILL CONTINUE TOO BE A PROBLEM. ..IT’S NOT JUST BALTIMORE. ..IT’S GOING ON IN NYC, WASHINGTON DC, DETROIT,CALIFORNIA, TEXAS, MIAMI, ANY LARGE CITY ANY WHERE IN THIS BIG USA...WHERE MONEY DRUGS AND PEOPLE ARE...!!!...

–“Jason Parker,” Nov. 10

 

Anybody actually read the Murder Inc. section in the paper? Baltimore completely still has a murder, drug image. Not to mention the Block still exsists. Even NYC cleaned up those type streets. I think anybody wanting to show the positive sides of the city is doing a service. And Simon made a lot of money showing a very dark side of the city. He made as much if not more than the people he was writing about. You can say the show was about a working Baltimore all you want. It’s not! It’s completely about drug life and drug trafficking. Period. Why does Simon have to act like he is the mayor of the city and comment on everything another successful person states about the city? Move on. I appreciate any and all positive exposure brought to Baltimore. And maybe Baltimore being featured on a world’s dirtiest jobs television show is not so far from truth!

–“Rivers Scott Fisher,” Nov. 10


I find nothing wrong with Mike Rowe wanting to shed some positive light on Baltimore! He clearly has a love for our city and just wants to use his resources to show that. I don’t feel like he is criticizing those shows, but he is just pointing out the reactions that people outside of Baltimore have to them. I think we all know that our city doesn’t have the best reputation in other parts of the country. Thank you Mike Rowe for making an attempt to change that!

–“Shannon Nickey,” Nov. 10

 

I’m much more concerned about the actual lived experiences of Baltimoreans who are disproportionately affected by crumbling schools, food deserts, and a city govt. that doesn’t give a damn about people in poverty. Not so interested in Mike Rowe, Thomas Dolby, whoever else wants to metaphorically run Baltimore through a car wash to get a shiny result. Joint post by me and Kal-El Ma.

–“Francine Howdoudo,” Nov. 10

 

I think Simon took offense because he was called out directly by Rowe as part of the problem.

–“Ethan Krieger,” Nov. 10


Blinded With Science: Hopkins brings in Thomas Dolby to ‘do a neighborhood’ and evangelize for its troubling model

This is a great and terrifying piece. Thank you.

–“Kate Drabinski1,” Nov. 9

 

Thanks for writing this and for the appropriately placed criticism. The arrogance (or is it ignorance?) is blatant. 

–“Cara Ober,” Nov. 6

 

Thomas Dolby, as quoted in the article:

“[Linda DeLibero, Director of the Film and Media Studies program at Johns Hopkins University] explained this area [Station North] to me, and when I came to interview, I walked around a little bit and people thought I was completely nuts,” he says. “But it was in the daytime and I didn’t stray too far from civilization.”

Very clear statement of the dehumanizing viewpoint Dolby’s new employer and Dolby himself holds about the lives of people in Greenmount West, Barclay and Charles North.

–“Francine Howdoudo,” Nov. 5


The problem isn’t if Thomas Dolby fails, it’s that we still don’t know how Hopkins intends for him to succeed

Oh please. This is the last paranoid/whiney/illogical Baynard Woods piece I will ever suffer through. If Dolby doesn’t know the area that well maybe that’s a legitimate gripe. Otherwise, complaining about new, potentially job-creating initiatives simply sounds like a 90-year old man bitching about change. If they put this in an affluent area you would probably carp that Hopkins is being exclusive and concentrating wealth; if they approached it as a planned community you would rail about “Big Brother”. It undermines CP’s credibility to even have you on staff. CP, please hire someone who writes with as much substance as most of your other reporters. 

–“AHS,” Nov. 8

 

Doubt it will turn out...wish it would get better in that area of the city.

–“Tiffany Bageant,” Nov. 6


There is a lot of potential there. I wish him the best and hope he gets a ton of support. Everyone has overlooked it for years.

–“Katy Young Kahl,” Nov. 6

 

Great, thanks JH. Really excited you’ve appointed a culture czar to gussy up what’s arguably the most interesting part of Baltimore. Can’t wait for you guys to ‘add value’ to my neighborhood so my rent will double and I can watch all those gross starving artists move out!

–“Mathew Casella,” Nov. 7


Peroutka’s win in Anne Arundel County: Voters were warned

As a 20+ year resident of AACO, a veteran and a business owner, I can only promise that my property and I will have departed the county and the state before this piece of shit takes office. I am ashamed of my friends, family and neighbors who elected it.

–“Aaron Goodman,” Nov. 6

 

If only this were not true. I certainly did not vote for Peroutka. What a sorry election result, especially since his opponent (Patrick Armstrong) was a seriously viable canidate.

–“David Penne,” Nov. 6


The WYPR union effort is dead

I wish I’d known this before I mailed in that check.

–“Lynda Gomeringer,” Nov. 5

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