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Tennis, Anyone?

Posted 5/28/2008

Once again, the journalistic excellence of City Paper does not fail to show its bias toward what it must perceive as an elitist sport (Sizzlin' Summer calendar, Sports, May 21). Why does your publication even suggest going to an event, August's Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, and then insult the very sport you recommend to go watch by insinuating that all tennis spectators are somehow, I guess, snobby or highfalutin? Along with this, the price of the event was misreported in the hundreds of dollars for tickets when it is actually around $20 to $40 dollars for a single-session pass.

After attending last year, I would recommend anyone going with or without your Lacoste polo or Ray-Bans and to only pay for a single session and not the more expensive reserved ticket packages. But if you do, pinkies out and cin-cin while sipping on a cold G&T.

Jackson Kuebler

Calendar editor Wendy Ward responds: We got confused by the web site, which does list prices ranging from $10 to $45. But hey, didja see the story on rowing?

Hire Erlandson

Thank you for running Robert Erlandson's most informative letter ("Thank You for Writing About Lefties Without Leftiness," The Mail, May 21). He was the best feature writer at The Sun in my lifetime, and I--as I suspect many others, too--missed him when he retired, but that retirement does now allow him to write letters to the editor from time to time. I have a suggestion for your editorial staff: Hire him as a full-time columnist, writing from his home. While I have no idea whether or not he would accept your invitation, his writing would bring a lot to your publication, including his being older than almost all of your current staff, I believe, and also his being a Vietnam veteran who knew and interviewed most of this area's movers and shakers from the city and state during his Sun career. I believe that this would add a much-needed perspective to your publication that it now lacks. The ball is now in your court--and his. Good luck!

Blaine Taylor

"Stay" at It

Thank you for publishing the informative article "Hit and Stay" (Feature, May 14). This subject I could not find in the other local newspapers. It's so uplifting to read about the peace movement and civil disobedience, especially when the Catonsville Nine were depicted as everyday people, and anyone can do it.

I'll keep on reading City Paper, hoping for more good articles. Thank you.

May Robinson

Chopper Cop

In following the story about the death of Baltimore police officer Norman Stamp, I am compelled to comment as well ("One Percent Credibility," The Mail, May 7). Isn't this "Smalltimore"? Why would you publish a letter from someone who has not lived in the Baltimore area since 2000, obviously not in touch with the community? I am a LIVING, BREATHING member of the Bay Riders Motorcycle Club, and before, I have supported the Chosen Sons and other clubs to promote solidarity in the biker community. I feel that in the commentary was published without investigation and was meant to be inflammatory overall. I have also been a patron of the Haven Place for over 16 years; any establishment is prone to scrutiny when being affiliated with any type of biker lifestyle.

The bottom line, to me and my brethren, is pretty simple. Norm Stamp was respected by all. Mentioning his name in any venue, police or biker affiliated, was positive.

Tim "Cheezeman" Poremski

In response to the killing of Baltimore policeman Norman Stamp by another officer, Marti Iben states, "how one could be in an official law enforcement capacity and also be a patch holder in a rogue motorcycle club is baffling to me." It baffles me, too. One would think joining the band of licensed thugs known as the Baltimore Police Department would provide enough opportunities to commit mayhem--from terrorizing a 7-year-old and his parents, to shooting "armed" suspects whose weapons subsequently mysteriously vanish, to harassing smokers outside Hampden nightspots--to satisfy any self-respecting sociopath.

Jon Swift

Petula Will Prosper

When I saw Petula Caesar's name on an article, "Raising Her Voice: Dionne Wilkins Comes Into Her Own as a Solo Artist (Music, April 30), I was so proud because I know Petula Caesar is one of our own, and best black person in Baltimore, Maryland.

There are writers who teach us ideas in their language that causes us readers to participate in the writing process itself by making us use our senses to feel, taste, see, think, and examine the identity of the subject matter. I believe that Petula Caesar's declarative sentences are poetic, and a balanced show of artistic style that is equal to a painter's stroke to put an identity to a subject matter to leave no questions asked.

In Langston Hughes' poem "Teacher," he writes, "Ideas are like stars/ Always above our reach/ Humbly I tried to learn/ More Humbly did I teach."

To me, Petula Caesar is a teacher/writer who engages us to be a part of her interview. She wants our audience. Petula is good at giving us a person's background history. Petula wants our ears to hear a mind at work to reveal fascinating habits of an individual--fair and kind--she wants her audience to accept as striving humans.

I hope Dionne Wilkins the best in her musical career. With God's blessing, I want Dionne to fight to keep her "consciousness" because a soul glowing with joy will always express the thinking of the singer. That's why I like to hear Anita Baker sing. I feel the joy in Anita's soul when she sings. A pendulum swings in my heart.

Prosperity is coming to Petula Caesar. I see a great urban novel waiting to be birthed out of Petula Caesar, and I hope I live long enough to have the book in my hands.

Isn't this the 100th anniversary of Richard Wright? Richard Wright woke America up with his provocative literature. Sistah Petula Caesar is a great writer, and she is making us writers, readers, and artists wake up out of our egotism of disgust. Prune yourself to grow.

Larnell Custis Butler

Petula Caesar wrote a profile of the writer for City Paper ("Crazy Good Person," Books, April 18, 2007).

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