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Posted 9/10/2008

Again I want to say Brian Morton continues to write "current thinking issues" on the minds of everyday people. His article "Game On" (Political Animal, Aug. 27) was truth-telling news reporting.

Brian Morton's truth statement in his article revealed this awakening truth: "Biden may not be the perfect candidate, but `perfect' is rarely necessary when `good' will do just fine. Fasten your seat belts, folks, it's going to be a bumpy ride to November."

Every American who cares about democracy and the principles of citizenship government that must stay in place to stabilize our country's desire to protect a humanity of divine citizens should own a copy of A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present by Howard Zinn.

Zinn has written a truth statement Barack Obama and Joe Biden must realize and work hard to fix for all Americans: "we have known for some time that the poor and ignored were the nonvoters, alienated from a political system they felt didn't care about them and about which they could do little. Now alienation has spread upward into families above the poverty line. These are white workers, neither rich nor poor, but angry over economic insecurity, unhappy with their work, worried about their neighborhoods, hostile to government--combining elements of racism with elements of class-consciousness, contempt for the lower class along with distrust for the elite, and thus open to solutions from any direction, right or left."

I am an Afrocentric feminist who was born in segregated America on Oct. 29, 1941. My birthday gift to myself will be to vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden on Nov. 4.

As a black woman who is living with dignity as a poor American, I want to thank Barack Obama for selecting Sen. Joe Biden as his vice-presidential candidate. Biden is the symbol of a "movement." All of his life he has respected the lives of ordinary Americans living tough lives economically. Biden is not afraid to tackle social issues.

Lorraine Hansberry, the writer and playwright, once said: "This is one of the glories of man, the inventiveness of the human mind and the human spirit: Whenever life doesn't seem to give an answer, we create one."

Larnell Custis Butler

Don't Subtract Ads

I'm writing in response to "Ad-Versity" in the Aug. 20 Mail section.

I also "religiously" read City Paper, end to end. I hate to have to respond to a letter, but I think the complaints have gone far enough. STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT ADS, geesh! The women in American Apparel ads, and yes they are WOMEN, are not sweatshop workers who are forced into any type of servitude. No matter how you personally interpret the ads, if you're offended, ignore them. They do FUND a paper that you obviously enjoy--for free. And as far as the tobacco ads, if you think City Paper could make that revenue elsewhere, why don't YOU buy the ad space? I don't like every ad that City Paper runs--I have a GREAT disdain for Boost Mobile and everyone who throws away money on prepaid cell phones--but I don't take any offense at it. It's really none of my business, right?

Peat Marwick

Correction: In last week's Baltimore Weekly (Sept. 3), we ran the wrong photograph in a Critic's Pick; we're not sure who the band in the photo is, but it's not Psychic Paramount, which is who it was supposed to be. City Paper regrets the error.

Editor's note: This week's issue features our seventh annual Comics Contest, which means we have a new Comics Contest winner, which means we now bid adieu to last year's winner, Chris Minetree's Super Amazing Adventures. Turn to page 92 to check it out.

Also, coming next week: our annual super-colossal Best of Baltimore issue.

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