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Posted 1/4/2006

Reading “The Semi-Free State” (Feature, Dec. 21) made me wonder whatever happened to logic. Homosexuals are largely responsible for one of the deadliest epidemics in history. Homosexuals are the only group of people in America who ask government for the right to live an immoral lifestyle. However, they want to compare themselves to the black civil-rights struggle. Did homosexuals have to have voter-registration drives? Were homosexuals barred from jury duty because of who they are? Have homosexuals ever been lynched or had their homes and churches burned to the ground by hate groups? They proclaim that stumbling blocks are in their way. Of course they are. It is called normal human nature.

Leo Williams
Baltimore

Respectfully Disagreeing

Leon Trotsky once wrote that “the stupidity and dishonesty of one’s own enemies is no justification for one’s own blindness.” In another column where he justifiably excoriates the Republicans, Brian Morton remains blinded by his liberalism.

In the Dec. 21, 2005, Political Animal he writes: “If the Democrats ever get control of either body of Congress, with it will come subpoena power, and you will see a whirlwind of open government like never before, and all the GOP’s secret abuses will spill forth.”

Somehow I don’t see that happening, namely because if the Democrats dig too deep, they’d have to indict themselves for their own complicity in supporting the Iraq War.

The best the Democrats can do in response to the rapidly rising opposition to the war is put forth John Murtha’s call to “redeploy our troops to the periphery” in six months, while keeping a “quick reaction force” in the Middle East, together with an “over-the-horizon presence of Marines.” Even this tepid proposal is opposed by the Democratic leadership. John Kerry, in response to Murtha’s statement, said, “I respectfully disagree with John Murtha.”

From the outset, using American military power to impose U.S. domination over Iraq and its oil wealth and to secure U.S. hegemony in the strategic Persian Gulf has been a consensus policy shared by both the Democrats and Republicans, whatever their tactical differences over how this policy was to be implemented. Now, the catastrophic failure of this policy has exposed the vast gulf that separates the two parties—and the financial elite they both represent—from the needs and aspirations of the American working people.

Michael Melick
Baltimore

Sidewalkin’

If the city of Baltimore was really concerned with the clutter on the sidewalks being a safety concern, it could start with the removal of parking meters (“Bad Signs,” Mobtown Beat, Dec. 28). It seems to me the only clutter is the position of “sidewalk sign inspector” in a city of bloated bureaucracy. If the city’s approach is to run all viable businesses out to the county malls, thus clearing the sidewalks of everything and everybody, then it is on the right track. A simple solution to the hazards of sidewalk navigation for the disabled would be to reassign this inspector back to the Department of Public Works, give him a wheelbarrow full of cement and a trowel, and have him actually fix the sidewalks.

And they ask us to “believe.”

N.R. Beveridge
Baltimore

No Intention to Block Everyman

As a resident and active member of the Charles North Community Association, I read with concern the article about the Everyman Theatre’s dashed hopes of acquiring the former Chesapeake Restaurant (“The Block,” Arts and Entertainment, Dec. 21).

The process goes back more than three years that led to Baltimore Development Corp. (BDC) putting out the request for proposal (RFP) for several properties that included the former Chesapeake Restaurant. Charles North suffers from years of disinvestment, with many vacant, blighted properties and empty lots. This has started to turn around in recent years, with resident homeowners rehabbing houses on St. Paul Street and the success of the Charles and the Everyman theaters and supporting restaurants such at Tapas Teatro, the Zodiac, and Sofi’s Crêpes. BDC sought the input of the community regarding where in the neighborhood to assemble redevelopment parcels. We went to the City Council to amend our Urban Renewal Plan to include three additional redevelopment sites. BDC asked for community input on what the RFP should require for the site that included the Chesapeake.

Unfortunately, throughout this process none of us in the community knew that the Everyman wanted to move to the Chesapeake site, and the RFP was not a good match for their plans. The article seemed to indicate that the Chesapeake site is the only one in the entire 100-acre Station North Arts and Entertainment District that the Everyman would consider as its future home. I fervently hope that this is not the case. I believe the community strongly supports finding the Everyman a new home in the neighborhood and is eager to work with the Everyman to explore what other sites could work for them.

Michael Deets
Secretary, Charles North Community Association
Baltimore

Editor’s note: Murder Ink is taking the issue off and will return next week.

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