Regarding your article about Baltimore City's decision to end the Starscape festival, I and two of my "senior girlfriends" attended this year, and we had a wonderful time ("City ends Starscape's 14 years at Ft. Armistead," July 25).
Why were we there? Because my son is one of the promoters, and I have never missed an event. Do I condone the use of illicit drugs? Of course not. Do young people do drugs? Unfortunately, yes — and not only at Starscape but at sporting events, most music venues, etc.
Yet no one has ever died attending a Starscape event, so I fail to see how the fire marshal can claim that "if not for intervention of our EMTs, kids would have died." Is that a fact or merely conjecture?
There are EMTs on site, fire personnel and uniformed police officers to handle any situation that may arise. In fact, that night we talked to several on-duty police officers who remarked what an "uneventful" event Starscape is for them and how most of the attendees are polite, just out to have a good time and cause no trouble.
Considering the recent events at the Inner Harbor, the violence on our city streets and the drunkenness that occurs at sports arenas, Starscape is mild by comparison.
Starscape will find another venue for providing a music-filled, fun evening for those who enjoy the experience. But it's a shame a more equitable solution couldn't have been found.
Laraine FisherCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun