Get unlimited digital access to baltimoresun.com. $0.99 for 4 weeks.
News Opinion Readers Respond

Mayor walks on the absurd side of the street [Letter]

I really do try to think the best of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake — as, for instance, when I voted for her in the 2012 election. Her periodic walks through Baltimore's streets ("Mayor strolls to show safe streets," June 5) make that so difficult.

The very fact that Ms. Rawlings-Blake's walk is newsworthy is itself important: Why is it news that a mayor chooses to stroll through the streets of Baltimore? Is this not what William Donald Schaefer did every day of his working life? Yet today we have grown so accustomed to a mayor who cloisters herself in City Hall and among the finer folk in town that to actually hit the streets is cause for the media to cover the event as if some visiting dignitary has come to town. And which streets does she choose to stroll as a means of demonstrating that Baltimore is a safe place to be? Downtown and the Inner Harbor. That's right, a "public safety walk" that starts at that den of urban decay, the Atrium, crosses the street to Harborplace (I don't think that's where they filmed "The Wire") and ends when it begins to sprinkle rain, all the while being escorted by police cars. You can't make this stuff up. Truth is stranger than fiction.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake has lost touch, is out of touch and is beyond the reach of any of us regular citizens. She exists in a taxpayer-funded abstraction, a world of her own creation in which Baltimore starts at President Street and ends at Light Street and everywhere you go you're either being driven by uniformed individuals or surrounded by armed guards as you walk. I have to believe the reporter who covered this event appreciated its absurdity and the absurdity that he was there to cover it. Both he, the police officers, Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts and the mayor herself had so many better things they could have done with their time.

Mark Thistel, Baltimore

-
To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • You don't have to go to Ferguson to protest the deaths of innocents [Letter]
    You don't have to go to Ferguson to protest the deaths of innocents [Letter]

    Regarding your report that Jamal Bryant, a Baltimore pastor, recently was arrested at a demonstration in Ferguson, Mo., the stories about the protests there are getting tiresome ("Baltimore pastor arrested at Ferguson protest," Oct. 13).

  • Low hiring standards lead to police brutality
    Low hiring standards lead to police brutality

    I've lived in and around Baltimore for all of my 73 years. My opinion on the problems with our police and fire departments lies with recruiting practices ("U.S. Dept. of Justice reveals plans to review Baltimore Police Dept.," Oct. 21). As a young man I never heard of the problems we're now...

  • Despite missteps, city police deserve the public's support
    Despite missteps, city police deserve the public's support

    If there were ever a time for residents of Baltimore City to support their police force it's now ("U.S. Dept. of Justice reveals plans to review Baltimore Police Dept," Oct. 20).

  • Unaccountable police are a threat to democracy
    Unaccountable police are a threat to democracy

    If City Solicitor George Nilson is correct in saying that the City Council can't issue a legal requirement that the police conduct themselves in a certain way, the BCPD would represent a private armed force accountable only to the mayor ("City solicitor calls police body camera bill 'illegal,'"...

  • Don't throw money at body cameras
    Don't throw money at body cameras

    Before running off and spending money on body cameras for Baltimore police officers ("City Council panel pushes ahead on body cameras bill," Oct. 29), anyone with any authority who is so convinced that cameras are the answer to police misconduct should read a recent study published this year by...

  • Study shows body cameras can work
    Study shows body cameras can work

    Letter writer Jim Giza plays down the value of body cameras, but the U.S. Department of Justice site to which he refers readers clearly does not ("Don't throw money at body cameras," Oct. 31). In September, the agency published a review, "Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Recommendations...

Comments
Loading