July 18, 1995
WHEN IT comes to news reporting, the old city-room edict is always: first, get the story; and second, get it right. When the writer gets it wrong, it's a mess. It gets the reader who knows better all upset, confuses history and puts an error in the record books. I know; I've had my share of errors.Recently, the New York Times, which is known for its excellence, included what some of us around Baltimore consider a glaring error. On Sunday, July 9, the Times published an article about Baltimore in its travel section, called "What's Doing in Baltimore," by writer Melinda Henneberger.
June 15, 2013
The problem in the city regarding trash is the city residents themselves ("A better bag tax," June 12). I drive the Fulton/Monroe corridor every day, and if there's a pile of trash accumulating on the street, every day it just gets larger. Car occupants dump their ashtray or will drop a McDonald's bag out the car window onto the street. What's lacking in a city is not a bag tax, its pride in your city. R.J. Stryjewski, Baltimore
October 6, 2014
I have visited a lot of major cities in my lifetime, but until now I was never inclined to email or write a letter to the editor of the city newspaper to comment about the city and its people. From a recent visit I had to Baltimore, I have found that you have some of the nicest, friendliest and most helpful people I have ever encountered. In particular I owe a debt of gratitude to a gentleman named Mark who helped my wife and I when we got stranded at the train station trying to see the Orioles' last home game.
March 18, 2011
Sun columnist Marta Mossburg, relatively new to Maryland, has a solution for all of our problems ("Baltimore: the view from 2021," March 16). Cut taxes and all will be well. Sure, the taxes in Baltimore are high. Baltimore is the home of many non-profits that don't pay property taxes. They are institutions that benefit the whole state. How do you solve that problem? Texas and Florida don't have income taxes and have far greater financial problems than Maryland. Maryland is number one in education while Florida and Texas are near the bottom.
December 23, 2010
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake keeps an item posted on her refrigerator door that has nothing to do with her day and night job as mayor of Baltimore. It's a 1983 report card from her flute teacher, Bonnie Lake, a now-retired Baltimore Symphony Orchestra member who gave the then-13-year-old student a B-plus. "It reminds me I have a fallback position," Rawlings-Blake said with a laugh. "What it really reminds me is that there are other things in life. " Like the arts. In her short time in office, the mayor has demonstrated a pronounced commitment to the city's cultural community.
September 13, 2011
I drove to Baltimore on Labor Day weekend, parked in the lot of the Dollar General at Washington Boulevard and Martin Luther King Boulevard and went into the store. The sign in the lot said "vehicles parked illegally and non-permitted vehicles will be towed. " This is not too clear, but I figured that since I was a store customer it must not be illegal. I crossed Martin Luther King Boulevard and soon found that I was in the middle of the American Le Mans auto race. This was rather interesting so I stayed for a while and watched.