For the first time in a very long time, it felt good to come downtown to work and see Baltimore alive again. With Sailabration going on, it brought back fond memories of how great Baltimore was at one time, but as I leave and go home and make my way down Monroe Street, the scenery is a stark reminder that Baltimore is still on life support.

But for now I rather enjoyed seeing ships moored at the docks even though they are not off-loading commerce. It still is a great feeling. Growing up in Baltimore and working here pretty much my whole adult life, it brought back a time when the bows of ships would overhang Key Highway and where the Sparrows Point shipyard built around the clock and Baltimore was a 24-hour city.

If it had to do with the maritime industry or manufacturing, Baltimore was the place to be and vocational schools provided the talent for industry. The B&O Railroad was the main artery for the East Coast and the port was only second to New York. Back then, the city and state did not rely so heavily on the federal government for employment; the state and city stood on their own two feet.

Baltimore has suffered from bad politics in Annapolis, and previous mayors have used Baltimore as a stepping stone for their own personal agendas. Little do they realize in Annapolis that Baltimore is the cornerstone of the state, and if the city fails so does Maryland. MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake seems to be one of us who truly believes in Baltimore, but she will need to have a heart of a lioness to take on the governor and Annapolis and revive this once great city.

E.K. Grosscup