I recently attempted to call Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's office to encourage her to allow the Occupy Baltimore movement to stay overnight in McKeldin Plaza, as members of the group have been doing for weeks. I made the call after regular office hours because I work during the day, but it shouldn't have been a problem to leave a message, right?

Wrong. Apparently, the mayor of this city of more than half a million people doesn't have voice mail. After 20 rings, I hung up.

From this experience I must conclude that the mayor is only interested in my opinion between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. That's something to consider on Nov. 7.

Gregory Sinder, Baltimore