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Coward Cops

I was at the event at the Coward Shoe (“CP Photographer Arrested at Concert,” Mobtown Beat, Nov. 6), watching my son perform, with my other two sons also in attendance. It was a great moment for me, especially—until Baltimore police aggressively invaded and shut down the show . . . for safety reasons, some were told.

In addition to the kind attention they gave people, and the general rudeness to a well-behaved crowd, they had the audacity to take the proceeds! Money that was to go to the bands—also known as my son’s rent money, at least part of it. To think he was robbed by Baltimore’s finest (extortionists!) makes me one pissed-off citizen.

Geoff Hoegberg


Herd Mentality

Wil Hylton’s otherwise-fine article (“The Ghosts of World War II,” Feature, Oct. 30) is marred by the usual “I don’t believe in ghosts” disclaimer. Atheists, born-again or not, must not believe in ghosts, lest their worldview be subject to revision.

Years ago, I asked the Enoch Pratt Central Library’s staff for all their books on hauntings, and they had over 20 of them. Two years ago, I relayed to City Paper my neighbor’s report of a dog’s ghost in my garage. Delusional systems are fun and atheists can make their leaps of unsupported, baseless faith, but I like to keep contact with reality, myself.

Years ago, CP did a piece about cougar sightings in and around Maryland (“John Lutz,” Q&A, March 23, 2005). I mentioned that to a Highlandtown woman from West Virginia, and she told me that basically all West Virginians thought cougars lived in their rugged, heavily wooded state.

Moral courage means sticking one’s head out, facing a different way than the herd does. (This is unrelated to physical courage.)

At that time, I had two handguns and subscribed to Guns & Ammo magazine. Col. Jeff Cooper (since deceased) of G&A got my letter and the CP article, and two issues later mentioned that “pumas” were not aggressive to man. Col. Cooper might have noted that puma sightings have increased, but even that left him afraid to seem foolish. Two years after Col. Cooper’s death, a cougar was shot dead by Chicago police well within the city limits.

This is an object lesson to those timid about new truths; it’s better to seem a fool than be one.

Thomas L. Fox


Corrections : In the story “Justice Delayed” (Feature, Oct. 2), City Paper quotes Maria Moses, a Mount Clare Junction resident who serves as a neighborhood watch, talking about drug dealers in the neighborhood, including a “George Iris.” That man is actually George Arias, a former business partner of Jose Morales who was convicted in federal court of drug dealing.

Our review of St. Nicholas at the Performance Workshop Theatre (“Everyone’s a Critic,” Stage, Nov. 6) said that Marc Horwitz was a two-time Best of Baltimore winner. In fact, he won “Best Actor” four times, in 1995, 2002, 2008, and 2009.

City Paper regrets the errors.

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