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Vote O’Malley

I will be voting for incumbent Gov. Martin O’Malley Nov. 2, as I did in 2006 (“The Pie Slicers,” Feature, Oct. 20). I’d endorsed and voted for Bob Ehrlich in 2002, only to experience four years of name-calling and missed opportunities. A second Ehrlich term will only lead to more Annapolis gridlock. I prefer to see Maryland keep moving forward, not backward.

Blaine Taylor

The writer is a former Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and an erstwhile City Paper contributor.

I sincerely enjoy reading the articles of Brian Morton in City Paper. I appreciate the truth-telling in his sentence, “without a good handle on what kind of numbers black Marylanders will put up, just about any poll estimate is a shot in the dark” (“Polls,” Political Animal, Oct. 6).

As an Afrocentric feminist (born in 1941) who knows that racial discrimination ain’t over in America and never will be in my lifetime, I will be mailing in my absentee ballot (no reliable transportation for seniors) to vote for a diversified political ticket of Martin O’Malley and his black lieutenant governor (the best-kept secret in Maryland among black folks).

Recently, I had a conversation with a black male acquaintance who is college-educated, retired, wealthy, and a home owner in a safe, moneyed neighborhood in Baltimore County. He is not interested, as yet, in voting this November. His thinking: “Both white men running for governor are about the same politically.”

I believe that my black people should all vote on Nov. 2 as a show of unity for the symbol of advancement of our black race (91 percent of blacks in America support Obama), and President Obama.

Of course, there are many jealous-minded blacks who have the mentality that they are not going to help another black person succeed if they do not succeed. This thinking is not Christian and most definitely not Black Liberation theology.

On Nov. 2 I will vote to let all people know that I am “present” in America as a black woman, and a Democrat. As James Baldwin said, “That victim who is able to articulate the situation of the victim has ceased to be a victim; he, or she, has become a threat.”

Larnell Custis Butler

Not Much of a Choice

While I appreciate City Paper’s attempt to enlighten the electorate about the third-party choices for the gubernatorial race (“Third Wheels,” Mobtown Beat, Oct. 20), I must say, nonetheless, the pickins this election season still seem quite slim.

“It’s important that voters have a choice . . . not strictly between a former governor and a current governor,” Green Party candidate Maria Allwine says. I would agree with her, but when there are only three alternative choices and two (the Libertarian and Constitution candidates) are practically identical ideologically, what you have instead of more choices is only more of the same.

So, again, while I am grateful for Lee Gardner’s reporting, what it really shows is how impoverished Maryland voters really are.

W. Lee Silver

How Much Is a Vote Really Worth?

Like the price of gold, how much is a vote really worth in this economically strained century? (“The Usual Suspects,” Feature, Aug. 18).

My morning drive and my eye-gate is polluted with signs in all sizes, color schemes, and suggested voting strategies. Vote for the Bear family:  Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear, as if your lucky last dime, if played right ,will bring you winning results—perhaps three cherries, a game of slots—your gamble and hope that someone will really remember why they hold their elected seats.  But as the young people say, “You got it twisted,” and indeed some elected officers have!  And now we are faced with the big one come Nov. 2, and our mailboxes are littered with reminders to vote early.

Politicians are much like vampires.  They prey on their victims: pollute our lawns with their colorful fanfare signs, make broken promises, suck the life out of us, and then kick us to the curb when they get want they want—our blood.  They leave our lifeless bodies to rot.

I remembered when a vote for an elected office would be for the people and not personal gain for a lifelong seat, a shoo-in for retirement off the sweat of our backs.  When “we the people” seek you to address the issues of corruption in Maryland’s high places, we should not be greeted by the thumbing of your nose and a gesture to kiss your, well, kiss where the sun doesn’t shine.  They snub us!  You hold this elected office because we took time to vote.  We put our trust in you to do right by us. But how quickly politicians forget the “how and why” they were elected. Politicians work for us—WE the people—and not the other way around.

Here’s a thought. Perhaps we should sit November’s election out and let the chips fall where they may.  Surely this would fit in the grand scheme of political propaganda, and be newsworthy, if we all jumped ship, became independent voters.  Call it whatever you like—Tea Party, Green Party, Have a Laugh and Drink on Me Party.  But perhaps then the reality of caring for their constituents will register the next time they pander for our votes and pollute our lawns and sidewalks. Yes, we need to be wooed back to righteousness and the pride of voting again.

Libby Dennison

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