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Keep Sluggin', Kevin

Posted 3/3/2010

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Thanks for the great article on Joe Gans ("The Old Master," Feature, Feb. 17). When I was a kid in Rosedale in the 1950s, a kindly old man who was a retired stonemason told us he had worked on Gans' hotel in 1906. We thought it was just a story, because Baltimore had a southern racist streak in it a mile long and a mile wide. Remember when blacks had to ride in the back of the bus?

Maybe Kevin Grace could really do us all a favor and do a history of boxing in Baltimore. Someone said there were numerically more bouts here in the 1930s than in New York or Philadelphia. The boxers were men like Jack Portney, Red Burman, and Vince DiVenti.

Bernard T. WalkerBaltimore


The News Hole ( "Walmart Comes to Remington"

The whole thing is very disappointing.

Once again, Baltimore is so desperate for "revitalization" that it will take anything it can get.

Even under the "creating jobs" scenario that yea-sayers are trumping.. what then? Baltimore gets revitalized, everything is great and we have a booming and lively metropolis.. with a bunch of chain stores and parking lots anchored into the middle of it.

This is not how "great cities" get made.

--"kara," 2/25/2010 1:06 p.m.

I thnk it's a great idea! I would love not having to go all the way to Towson or another side of town to get to a Walmart or Lowes or any major store for that matter. We don't need a grocery store there, we already have Safeway on 25th.

--"happy resident," 2/25/2010 1:22 p.m.

Urgh! Keep Walmart out. Does the "Happy Resident" actually live in Baltimore? What do they need at a "major store" that they can not already get in the city?

--"stephen," 2/25/2010 1:37 p.m.

Wal-Mart is not the right answer for Baltimore city. Any developers that have to hide their plans from the neighbors until the last minute clearly do not have our best interest at heart. If they supported their employees, benefited the local economy, and never asked tax-funded healthcare to keep their employees healthy, it'd be different.

--"campbell, local resident," 2/25/2010 1:39 p.m.

I'd rather see a methadone clinic go in there.

--"fred," 2/25/2010 1:49 p.m.

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