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Bocce Alternative

I was reading the article about the Little Italy bocce league (“Bocce Brawl,” Feature, June 22). I was laughing a lot, but I thought that it would be a good time to let your paper know that there is another much more social league—the Baltimore Bocce league. Find us online at  

We have three locations in the city—Federal Hill, Canton, and Hampden—with over 1,000 people playing in our leagues. It’s very social; we all play then go to a local restaurant or bar after. I started it last spring in Federal Hill. Now we have three locations here and in some other cities. I think it would be an interesting article to show how this game has grown and how many different age groups all play together.

Giovanni Marcantoni

It’s About Black Extinction

I read Brian Morton’s column (“Discount Coupons,” Political Animal, June 1) and realized that Brian Morton is a teacher of politics similar to the great professor Manning Marable of Columbia University, who died on April 1: men who know that it is marvelous to be a black dreamer.

Morton wrote, “The latest trick from Republicans trying to kill Medicare is—what else—a voucher plan.”

In my opinion, a voucher is not an equal opportunity for every individual American based on a person’s income or lack of income. Vouchers (usage for selective privileged schooling or Medicare humanity) in America are encouraged by conservative bigot Republicans and laws-unto-themselves tea party people to keep white supremacy, or a political idea of a “manifesto of white conservative radicalism,” in the hands of white folks who are leaders of democracy, capitalism, and a white gentile god whose chosen people have white skin.

It is a fact, to me, that white conservative people in America do not want to spend money on poor blacks (including poor whites deemed as trash) because poor blacks are not worth spending money on by this government of this U.S. of A.

In my opinion, capitalism ignores the needs of everyday poor people regardless of income. The American education system gives vouchers to create leaders that will help democracy create the business of capitalism.

Medicare is a program to help poor Americans live healthy lives. As an Afrocentric feminist who will be 70 years old in five months, I have Medicare, and the Medicare that I have received has provided me with good service. Medicare services have saved my life more than a time or two.

The ultimate reality is that Medicare saves the lives of poor blacks, poor whites, and people of color. Getting rid of Medicare for poor black folks is about black extinction. We have some cruel white suckers in the Republican Party and in Congress.

The revolution should be televised if poor people are lead to the slaughterhouse because they need medical services in America. Still, I love America, and I am determined to live as an agitator to make America a better place.

Larnell Custis Butler

Correction: The Blackout Brigade touted as playing the Sidebar in last week’s Short List (June 22) is from Baltimore, and is thus not the Canadian band of the same name, as was incorrectly reported.

Red Sammy member Theron Melchior’s last name was misspelled “Melchoir” in the caption for the photograph accompanying our June 8 story on the band (“Red Sammy,” Music).

City Paper regrets the errors.

Clarification: The headline on our story about the backlog of cases for Social Security’s disability programs implied that the wait for benefits is increasing. The wait for a decision has actually gotten shorter, as we acknowledged in our story. The number of people waiting for benefits has increased, portending longer waits in the future. A subtle but important difference.

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