Published: November 16, 2011
I really grooved on Brian Morton’s paraphrasing of Elizabeth Warren on Republicans who’ve made a mint but don’t realize it’s the American system that let them do it (“Son of Zombie Ideas,” Political Animal, Nov. 2). As Brian put it, “[Y]ou didn’t do it alone. You did it because the system here in America let you do it, free from pirates and dirt roads like you’d find in, say, Sudan.”
Besides throwing bars of soap at us ’60s anti-Vietnam War demonstrators, the counterdemonstrators would invariably shout, “Go back to Russia.” I’m thinking that if I ever come across a demonstration of Republicans with signs saying “government is the enemy,” I’ll shout at them, “Go back to Sudan!” Or better, yet, “Somalia!”
Herman M. Heyn
I read the excellent article, “Son of Zombie Ideas” by Brian Morton. Mr. Morton is clearly not an uppity rich black man who does not understand economic inequality in America.
As Mr. Morton told us, “The elephant in the room that all the Republicans will do their damndest not to address is income inequality.”
I believe that Republicans and Democrats in Congress have closed their eyes to poverty in America. When 40 percent of the members of Congress are millionaires, and want to stay millionaires, I believe most of the members of Congress support the idea of a free enterprise system in America as long as the system keeps rich white folks the “1 percent.”
All politics in America are not bad. I am excited that Elizabeth Warren is the Democratic Senate candidate in Massachusetts. This white woman is spiritually anointed to change the face of politics in America. My hope is that Warren will win the 2020 presidential election as a woman with “fire in the belly,” even if she does not serve as a member of Congress. I pray that she wins her Senate race!
We women in America need to support Warren right now. She is America’s craving for new leadership.
Larnell Custis Butler
A Year of wonky Calendar
Ever since the new format for City Paper’s online calendar went live, it has been plagued with nothing but problems. I always used it to search for events and restaurants. Now it never works, the search mechanism is so flawed, the flaws change with every “correction,” and frankly I no longer use it. Once in a while, I try, but for example, today I just did a search for restaurants in Harbor East and half of them didn’t even show up, including ones you’ve reviewed. Clicking on the links for some of the ones that do show up just show server error.
This new format has been up for a year, I believe, and it has just gotten worse over time. Have you considered getting a new webmaster? Clearly the current one does not know what he is doing. Your income is dependent on all the ads you post—your traffic must be declining.
I am spending the time to write this e-mail because I’ve used City Paper for planning all my outings since I moved to Baltimore in 1993. I’ve valued the critics, the reviews, and the critics’ picks over any other source. But now, I can’t even get the search mechanism to pull up the critics’ picks with any consistency. The old web site had none of these problems.
Your webmaster has forced me to turn to the Baltimore Sun, which otherwise pales in comparison to your reviewers. This web site does not do you justice.
Barbara Ann White
Editor Lee Gardner responds: We have been using a new version of our old proprietary software, DrillPress, for the past year, and you’re not the only one who’s been unhappy with its functioning. We’ve been working on a suite of fixes that are due to go live imminently. Please stay tuned.
Editor’s note: With this issue, we welcome new Calendar Editor Erin Gleeson. Welcome, Erin. You can send her notice about your upcoming event (or just say hi) via firstname.lastname@example.org.