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Don't fear Baltimore, hon

Aw, c'mon, Nidhi Kaith, cheer up ("I'm afraid of Baltimore," Jan. 22)! Don't believe all that stuff you see on television and the Internet about Baltimore. Yes, there are scary parts of town, just as there are wherever you go, but there are many Baltimores besides the one depicted, admittedly with great verisimilitude, on "Homicide."

They didn't have the Internet when I came to Baltimore 50 years ago (from Chicago), so I looked it up in the encyclopedia. I learned that it was the home of H. L. Mencken, the Johns Hopkins University, and Bethlehem Steel at...