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Posted 9/24/2008

I was very happy to see City Paper acknowledge shelter adoption in its Best of Baltimore issue. Congratulations to the BARCS city shelter for its good work! Your readers may not know that the SPCA and BARCS work closely together as partners. We are proud to support them in their work, taking in animals from their shelter and providing spay/neuter. As someone who works and lives in the city, I am pleased that Baltimore has cooperative shelter partners. It means more lives are saved.

Aileen Gabbey
Executive director, Maryland SPCA

Best Not Quite Right

Thanks for mentioning me in the Best of Baltimore 2008, but I don't run the i.e. reading series ("Best Scene," Sept. 17). Michael Ball does. I just help by posting bulletins on MySpace and Artmobile. Was it an eerie prescience that made you mention me as the host? I have just started a new reading series with Barbara DeCesare. The name of the series is the Upward Spiral. The first reading will be on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. at El Rancho Grande (3608 Falls Road). The readers will be David Beaudouin and Alex Hartman. Please attend if you can.

Chris Toll

Thanks for the honors and other mentions in the 2008 City Paper Best of Baltimore issue. However, there are a couple of things I should point out.

1) We have never used duck fat for our rosemary garlic fries. They have always been cooked in canola oil (although we did use peanut oil briefly in the late '90s). A correction would help put our many vegetarian customers at ease about eating our fries.

2) In your mention of Brewer's Art alumna opening new places, you missed two people: Cristin Dadant, co-owner of Clementine, who tended bar here for many years, and Jeff Smith, co-owner of Chameleon Café, who cooked here for about the same length of time.

Thanks again for our mentions. We are indeed honored.

Volker Stewart
President, the Brewer's Art

Editor Lee Gardner responds: City Paper regrets the errors regarding the i.e. series and the duck fat.

Marketplace of Ideas

What bizarro ideologue planet is plutocrat apologist Matthew Gentry living on ("Fluff Benefits and Contrary Logic," The Mail, Sept. 17)?

He claims that John McCain's tax cuts, while not guaranteeing job creation, "avoid worsening an already tight job market."

Barack Obama's economic policies are geared, as Sen. McCain's are not, to creating American jobs in a global economy. The difficulty with providing across-the-board tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy is the ever-increasing likelihood that such cuts will be invested in jobs in China, India, and elsewhere abroad. Sen. Obama, however, hopes to eliminate tax cuts for firms that move jobs abroad and, instead, to provide tax cuts for companies that create jobs at home.

In an age of globalization, one can either be a pure free-market ideologist or a patriot, but not both. It is clear into which category Mr. Gentry falls. And as the recent meltdown in the mortgage and investment bank sectors have demonstrated, the Chicago school/Milton Friedman/Phil Gramm/free market model--no regulation! no restraints!--has now been discredited.

To paraphrase Jesus (and the rabbis): The Market is made for man, not man for the Market.

Luke Sanders

Smears for Fears

Sociologist, writer, and college professor Barbara Christian once said, "I had, I felt, more pressing and interesting things to do, such as reading and studying the history and literature of black women, a history that had been totally ignored, a contemporary literature bursting with originality, passion, insight and beauty."

I thought of these words after I had read Jeffrey Anderson and Van Smith's article ("The Company You Keep," Mobtown Beat, Sept. 10). Were Anderson and Smith implying that an individual had a responsibility to associate with people who would do his or her reputation no harm?

As I see it, my personal business (private and a non-nosy entity) is not my friends' or associates' business, even if they have my back while I am working hard to become a successful writer, artist, and a teacher of the ministry of Jesus Christ's words from a feminist perspective.

In the book Harlem: The Making of a Ghetto--Negro New York, 1890-1930, by Gilbert Osofsky, the author has written, "The greater financial stability of Negro women created serious social and psychological difficulties for Negro men. Forced reliance on female economic power minimized the sense of control and responsibility that negro men had for their families, and often (more often than for other ethnic groups) led to disrupted or broken homes. This economic situation deprived Negro males of an essential symbol of full manhood. Family instability became a dominant characteristic of negro urban life in the twentieth century."

As I see it, there are a large majority of men of all racial groups (especially black men) that are mad, and at the same time frustrated, that City Hall is controlled by intelligent, good-looking black women who are doing their job effectively, and making money on their own without a "daddy-lover" making black women a queen for a day.

I am proud of the honorable Mayor Sheila Dixon, City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Comptroller Joan Pratt, and State's Attorney Patricia Jessamy. I do not know Lavern Whitt, but I admire her innovative and effective motivation to do a documentary on the successful careers of black women working in our local government to improve the lives of everyday people in Baltimore.

It hope that Lavern Whitt will have an opportunity to complete her filming of the Women in Power documentary. The everyday history of black women will remain invisible if all black women believe that our stories are not worthy to be told. Write your thoughts down and tell it to your grandchildren. Find a reliable friend or family member to tell your life's journey. No journey by any one of us is insignificant.

Seems there are a lot of people who want to get rid of Mayor Sheila Dixon. I believe she is doing an excellent job despite the many challenges she faces daily. Mayor Sheila Dixon is working hard to stop teen violence, find shelter and food for the homeless, improve opportunities for poor and working people to find housing based on income, and provide for the health needs of all citizens. When you smear people's names in the media, the court system offers no mercy to the alleged accused--not fair!!

Larnell Custis Butler

Ad Nauseam

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

I just wanted to thank all of your "oh so sensitive" readers out there for their continued rants against the American Apparel ads that are always on the back cover of your publication. I am going to admit something: I used to LIKE the American Apparel ads. I thought them to be somewhat artistic, photography-wise, in a freshman-at-a-college-for-the-arts sort of way. I thought they were an interesting change from the usual clothing ads that I saw in publications, and yes, I enjoyed them. Now, I am woman, I am a mother, and I would like to consider myself an enlightened sort of person, but not ONCE did I ever see those ads in a "sexual" light.

That is, not until you started getting letters every other week about how sexist and blatantly pornographic they were. Now whenever I look at the ads, all I can think of is, Well, yeah, I guess that could be a sexual position. But I never used to! So, once again, thank you sensitive City Paper readers. Thank you for making me now think of perversity where I never saw it before. Thank you for making me feel guilty as woman for not realizing my gender was being so victimized by these scandalous ads. How surprising it is that an "alternative" weekly paper can still be read by such uptight puritanical activists who are so anxious to point out the existence of naughty, dirty sex where we the oblivious never even knew it existed.

Jeniye Luckart

Correction: It turns out that our Best of Baltimore pick for Best Late-Night Dining, the Parthenon Diner, has in fact been closed for several months.

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