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Really, It’s Weird—You Should Check It Out

Posted 5/10/2006

Instead of pouting about Scott Loughrey’s comment raising questions concerning what really happened to United Flight 93, perhaps City Paper could do some serious investigative journalism that your readers would greatly appreciate (“Not United About 93,” The Mail, May 3). I agree that some of the internet conspiracy theories regarding 9/11 are pretty out there, but some of them really resonate. Scott Loughrey’s point about the lack of plane wreckage raises troubling issues that do not appear to have been adequately addressed by the mainstream media.

Carl Gold
Towson

Why Don’t They Say What Really Happened?

Real estate and family, my $$#@. Every person I know who has moved to another state already knew the real estate prices, etc., in the prospective state, so that lie doesn’t fly with me (“Doubting Thomas,” Media Circus, May 3). Columnist Wendi Thomas knew she was leaving her boyfriend and family “before” she took the Sun position. What makes her lie even more suspicious is the fact her old paper took her back with a raise. Why didn’t it offer this before the move if she was so valuable and her former job was so wonderful? Hey, CP, ask Sun editor Timothy Franklin what really happened. Or better yet, could Ms. Thomas cut it in her new environment?

I think what Ms. Thomas did is unprofessional, plain and simple. She’s not a teenager job hunting. As she stated, she wasted valuable time. I have a feeling this will come back to bite her. It doesn’t look good that The Sun promoted its female minority writer to have her bail.

Sharon Wright
Baltimore

Take Care of Children

I am a schoolteacher and mother of three. The article about Vatell Murray really touched home (“The Least of These,” April 26). My 19-year-old son was shot on Dec. 20, 2005. However, he was one of the blessed ones to make it through. Police officials have made an arrest. It bereaves me that our black boys are looked down upon as yesterday’s garbage. Yet, political officials with no prior training can make decisions to close recreational programs and after-school programs with no provisions for college. Yet, Uncle Sam wants our black boys to sign up for war. War has already started for them since infancy.

Tracy Wright
Baltimore

Power Mad

Thank you for Christina Royster-Hemby’s article on the David vs. Goliath battle Seton Hill is fighting to stop BGE from overpowering this federal historic district with the construction of a large, modern electric substation and switching yard (“Powering Up for a Fight,” Mobtown Beat, March 29).

To love Seton Hill you have to know its past. Thanks to the efforts of longtime resident Ann McKenzie, this neighborhood is the only such area in Maryland where every property is listed with the National Register of Historic Places. Seton Hill, in fact, was a thriving French-speaking community long before the incorporation of Baltimore City. It is an area where Catholics from all over the country make pilgrimage as it is the birthplace of Catholic education in North America, as well as the home of the country’s first native-born saint—St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. St. Mary’s Chapel, still used for services, is on the cover of Phoebe Stanton’s book on Gothic revival church architecture in America, and within its pages Stanton claims it as the nation’s first Gothic revival church.

The Orchard Street Church, now home for the Urban League, was built at night by free and still-enslaved African-Americans and was an important station for the Underground Railroad.

Although graced with many houses 200-plus years old, it is a small community. I have just 136 households on my neighborhood mailing list.

Many Seton Hill residents love that they live in a small community of small houses. In 1988 I sold my first house in Seton Hill. It is all of nine feet wide.

Now Baltimore Gas and Electric, leapfrogging over city zoning procedures, announced plans to construct large power facilities, bullying its small neighbors of mostly early-19th-century houses. I suspect that BGE has underestimated how much Seton Hill dwellers love and are willing to fight to save their community.

Gary F. Suggars
Baltimore

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