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Gettin’ Paid

Posted 3/2/2005

In his column “Black (Un)like Me” (Political Animal, Feb. 23), Brian Morton quotes Lt. Gov. Michael Steele in a statement demanding an apology from Howard Dean for remarks he made while meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. Said Steele’s statement, “Dean equates African-Americans who support Republicans to ‘hired help.’”

I find this incredibly ironic considering that it was revealed (after their election) that Steele was being paid by the Ehrlich campaign to be Robert Ehrlich’s running mate in 2002. I guess this hired-help thing must be a sore point for the lieutenant governor.

Keith Blevins
Springfield, Ore.

Still in the Village, People

I so wish everyone would stop referring to the Book Thing’s new location as Waverly (“Free Don’t Come Cheap,” Mobtown Beat, Feb. 23).

The new address is, in fact, still officially in Charles Village. In the Abell Community. Within the boundaries of the Charles Village Community Benefits District. Really. Honest. Although we do claim Waverly as our close neighbor.

But most importantly . . . fear not. It is most definitely within walking distance from the old location at 27th and Charles. Really. An easy walk, actually. So let’s give the Book Thing a financial hand to help it to its new home, then take a stroll on over. You’ll see, it’s still in our neighborhood. Hopefully for a long time to come.

Tweefie Millspaugh

Editor’s note: After consulting the Baltimore City neighborhoods map, we have determined that the Book Thing’s new location is indeed in Abell, not Waverly, as was reported. Our apologies to the pedestrians distraught by our error.

“Ho” Down

In the 1830s men were chivalrous toward women and would fight over them in a heartbeat (The Nose, Feb. 16). Women had modesty, chastity, and virtue—attributes that some men would die for. Where, I ask, may those qualities be found today?

Many of those (married) women were more than willing to stay home and give their brood of six, seven, eight, nine, 10, or sometimes 11 and 12, a decent upbringing, teaching them manners toward others.

Today I’ve noticed women walking the streets in apparel that would make the women of the 1830s blush. They also are greedy for money and material gain. And unmarried. Those are the attributes of a “ho.”

Leo A. Williams

Ditkoff Was Right

I must take strong exception to the letter from Brad J. Ranno (“Anna Ditkoff Criticizes Too Much,” The Mail, Feb. 23). I have appeared in a few community theater productions since returning to Baltimore. Some were as spot-on professional as anyone could ask and a couple suffered from the same cop-out rationalization that Mr. Ranno expressed. If you ask people to spend twice the price of a movie ticket, you’d better give them a reason.

But what really toasts my almonds is the notion that community theater audiences “are not so theater savvy.” Contrary to Mr. Ranno’s incredible condescension, the many audience members I’ve spoken with have all their teeth, do not sleep with their relatives, and know good theater from bad.

Gordon Embry

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