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Degrees Indeed

Great Expectations by Edward Ericson Jr. was thought-provoking.

Degrees Indeed

The article by Edward Ericson Jr. (“Great Expectations,” Feature, Jan. 8) was thought-provoking.

When city government hires white-owned contractors with no black employees, what is Brandon Scott babbling about? Have black politicians such as he inspired black Americans to use their undergraduate and graduate degrees to unite and use economics to benefit ourselves in our own communities? Does Mr. Scott know that black America spends more money in this country than it takes to run Canada or Australia? And that we don’t really need white billionaires?

What we really need is for black politicians to wake up and start using education for the black community so that we can be independent of others.

Leo A. Williams

Baltimore

Loud and Proud

Van Smith’s interview with Heather Mizeur and photographs by J.M. Giordano (“The Quiet Revolution,” Feature, Jan. 15) are excellent, informative, and elucidative journalism, but I dare say that Ms. Mizeur’s message is anything but quiet.

She talks of leading our state from a spirituality and innovation that I have never heard from any other candidate. She is a thinker, willing to break with traditions that are not working for us.

And one more thing—Heather Mizeur, if elected, will bring a rich background in experiences. She also would be our first woman governor, and she would be bringing her wife to Annapolis.

Mizeur comes from “outside the box,” an outsider in some real ways. I know how much that point of vision can mean. I live with chronic mental illness, and for me, I often see things, also, outside the box.

I have donated three times to the Mizeur-Coates campaign. Each donation was just $5, but I am putting my money and my vote where my head and my heart are.

Thanks again, City Paper.

Leslie Robin Kassal

Baltimore

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