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Reisterstown Needs CP

You have stopped delivery of City Paper to the Reisterstown MD area

I have just been informed that the reason all your newspaper boxes are missing is you have stopped delivery of City Paper to the Reisterstown MD area (along with Owings Mills, Westminster and Woodlawn). While I understand the “cost” argument provided to me I would like to point out that I, a Reisterstown resident and former Baltimoron, utilize your paper not only to keep tabs on my old hometown, but to find and patronize Baltimore City restaurants and retailers through articles, reviews and ads as well. As I find City Paper an important source of news and info I will find a way to get your paper but I wonder if others will. Your advertisers will reach a smaller number of potential consumers with this reduction in your circulation area.

Steve Frazer

Reisterstown, MD

No War, No Excuses

The following is an open letter To Max Obuszewiski:

Dear Max,

I read your angst filled letter in the City Paper (“Raid the Pentagon,” Mail, July 11), your writing style reminds me a lot of Dr H. Caldicott. You both are so filled with sorrow for the human race. And although I agree with a lot of what you say—my brother, you are way off the mark in your analysis of the world.

True we have our disagreements. You are a tireless fighter for fetal rights and I am a tireless fighter for women to have the right to abortions. However we do have one thing in common! We love to see our letters printed in the City Paper.

But I digress, In your last letter you complained that a crashed drone went down in the Eastern Shore at the cost of 176 million dollars! You said this money could have been used for schools, libraries and community swimming pools. Well Max what if the drone only cost five dollars. Would that be better? And then you go on to say the wars the United States are fighting are costing Americans millions. If these wars could be fought cheaper and Americans could have more libraries, schools, jobs etc, would that be okay? I don’t think so.

I hope you don’t think so. However that’s where your thinking takes you. And it’s wrong. The economic system that runs this country is Capitalism. It has certain rules it goes by. Just like music. If Benny Goodman recorded Mozart he had to go by the rules of Mozart’s compositions otherwise it just wouldn’t work. He couldn’t play “Sing Sing Sing” in the middle of a Mozart clarinet concerto. It just wouldn’t work. Just like any politician can not just willie nilly make reforms and feed the cities not the pentagon. It is not in the interests of the system The Capitalist system demands that those in charge export their system and drive all those who oppose them into the dirt. It’s just that simple. So when you call on people to rise up and demand the government serve them-you are headed for disaster. It just won’t work. We don’t need to build a mass movement to oppose America’s world wide exploitation on the basis of getting a few goodies for Americans!

If somehow you could go back to Nazi Germany and you could some how circulate a pamphlet would you tell folks to oppose the Holocaust because it was using gas that could be used to heat German homes? That’s the same logic. We need to build an anti-war movement that opposes these U.S. wars because they are wrong and people around the world are suffering, and American lives are not any more valuable than any other citizen of the world. In a nut shell if you organize around bread and butter issues-you get crummy results and Oleo and unita biscuits solutions.

In this light I would like to invite you to debate these issues-because they need to be debated if progress is to be made. I will be looking for a venue and a date and time. I will announce it in the City Paper. All you have to do is show up and let me have my say in full and respond accordingly. I’ll keep you posted.

Alan Barysh

Baltimore

Correction : We misstated the economic arrangements between Word on the Street and vendor Mike Sailer (“Every Day I’m Hustlin,” July 11). We reported that vendors kept 25 cents out of each dollar, when in fact, they pay Word on the Street 25 cents and keep 75 cents. We regret the error.

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