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Save the Date

It really infuriates me when I pick up literature about the upcoming primary election and then can’t find the date. For some reason, candidates think everyone knows when the event will happen and assume this minor detail is of no concern. Even your excellent “The Usual Suspects” (Feature, Aug. 18) failed to inform readers that this year’s primary takes place on Sept. 14 (and in some areas there will be early voting).

With turnouts in Baltimore City of less than 25 percent, effort should be made to get folks to the polls. I vote in every primary, but each time I’m always frustrated by the lack of basic information—and this year it is no different.

Sure, everyone may be hungry for change, but unless Baltimore residents do more than talk about the drugs, crime, and schools, nothing will happen.

I live in the Inner Harbor area and publish a community calendar, The Inner Harbor Network. It shocks me each month when I see all the great things taking place in my neighborhood that so few others seem to care about. This apathy is why our city has so many problems and explains the pathetic primary turnout. Baltimore must do better!

Rosalind Ellis Heid

From the Youths’ Perspective

This is something I’ve read on addressing youth homelessness: I think the Afro-Punk feature tells the story better, and more so from the eyes of the youth that are homeless than the services that, in my opinion as a youth and Baltimorean, do not know how to properly serve them. Your article (“Nowhere to Go,” Feature, Aug. 11) still had the overtone of, “Those darn kids, they don’t know what they’re doing. They need us adults,” when it’s more often the adults that have failed the youth, to the point they are forced to make such a hard decision for themselves. The article you had written was okay, but it was a bit one-sided and mainly on the well-adjusted-adult side. The Afro-Punk article isn’t picture perfect either, but it looks at youth homeless from their perspective.

Olivia Haynes

Republican White Devils

I have just finished reading “The Fix” (Political Animal, Aug. 4) by Brian Morton, and found the article full of profound intelligence as well as deserving praise.

The following sentence, written by Morton, is the reason why black Americans and people of color must begin to agitate against the Republicans with fierce liberation: “A meeting last week between President Obama and congressional leadership illustrated clearly how the Republicans feel that not only is their irresponsible behavior in the past not their fault, but it points to how they may deny responsibility for any of their failures in the future.”

As I see it, the Republicans are acting like “white devils” who are determined to keep the “have nots” in this nation forever poor and ignore their needs. Shamefully, the Republicans want a divided nation of people based on skin color. Republicans want a “white is right” and a “white state’s right” monopoly of green dollars for a white people’s democracy again, as it was during legal segregation.

I believe the Republicans are hardcore bigots, believers in a white-looking God and a willingness to misrepresent this depression or recession with the hope the recession will run its course for the destruction of the Democratic party.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “There is no salvation in isolation.”

Larnell Custis Butler

Correction: Our story on the 46th District state legislative race (“The Usual Suspects,” Campaign Beat, Aug. 18) incorrectly reported that Democratic candidate for delegate Melissa Techentin lives in Dundalk. In fact, she lives on Dundalk Avenue in Baltimore City. City Paper regrets the error.

Editor’s note: With this issue, we welcome associate editor Laura Dattaro to the staff.

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