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Stripped of Meaning?

Posted 4/26/2006

It’s sad when someone is so embittered by racial issues he/she can’t see that maybe this time it’s about a stripper gyrating in front of a bunch of drunk lacrosse players and nothing more (“It’s a Set Up,” The Mail, April 19). Until DNA, etc., proves beyond a reasonable doubt this woman was “gang” raped, I’ll reserve my sympathies for the struggling single sistah role models who keep their clothes on and morals intact. A mind is a terrible thing to waste!

Sharon Wright

Mencken Was No Mensch

I read with some interest your interview of Marion Elizabeth Rodgers, author of a new bio of H.L. Mencken (Q&A, April 19).

Mencken was never one of my favorite people after I heard him make a really nasty anti-Semitic crack. The time was late 1946 or early 1947. The place was the current events club at Baltimore City College. Mencken spoke generally about politics. As I recall, he was not very fond of either President Roosevelt or President Truman.

This was the period when European survivors of Nazi concentration camps were trying to run the British blockade of what was then Mandated Palestine and is now Israel. The British navy intercepted most of the people trying to run the blockade and shipped them back to various European countries including Germany.

One student asked Mencken what he thought of the British policy. He replied with this grotesque answer: “Well,” he said, “how many little Jewish tailors can they use in Tel Aviv?”

Many of the students booed him, and he left shortly thereafter.

Leo Sirota

City Paper Covers the Stars

Move over National Enquirer! I see on this past week’s cover (“Moving On Down,” April 12), City Paper investigative journalists have tracked down Björk and the Edge operating incognito, disguised as a Baltimore homeless couple.

Bravo, CP, for digging up the truth!

John Eichelberger

Two-Minute Paper

Russ Smith states that Frank Keegan of the new Baltimore Examiner says the new paper can be read in 20 minutes (“Examined,” Right Field, April 12). Bullshit! From cover to cover it took me about 120 seconds, since there’s absolutely nothing of interest in it to begin with. But that’s beside the point, since my ZIP code (21215) is apparently not affluent enough to have it delivered.

Oh well, moot point, huh?

Richard Crystal

Carter Fights for the People

Your article “Kill Bill” (Mobtown Beat, April 5), which reported on the bill that would have expunged the records of victims of false arrest, was disturbing. According to the article the bill was said to have died, “some say, because Del. Carter was too closely associated with it.” These “some” to which you refer sound like the same “some” who sit on the side and wait to see who appears more powerful this week before they cast their votes—the fair-weather “some” who have not the courage to stand up in support of basic human rights for fear they may fall out of political favor. Or perhaps it’s the “some” that find the majority of the people that this bill represents unworthy of their votes. These self-serving “some” are an embarrassment to Maryland.

The notion that Del. Carter was too closely associated with the bill is absurd. Jill P. Carter is a politician who actually understands what it means to serve the public. And if I think about it from a historical perspective, it was always “some” who sat back and watched while leaders like Del. Carter stood up and made a difference.

Despite the sad fact that we have representatives who would allow a bill like this to fail, I still believe that the efforts of Del. Carter will not be in vain. Her courage and vigilance opened the door to an issue that cannot be dismissed by mere votes, and if this incurred the wrath of “some,” then they best make way for a new day because fear and failure are getting old in Baltimore City. If we really want to see positive change, then we need to support someone who is not afraid to take on real issues, and that someone is Jill P. Carter.

Barbara Schwatz

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