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What would the future hold for Charm City's beloved alternative weekly?

When it was announced that

The Sun

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had bought

City Paper

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, I held my breath, hoping for the best but expecting the worst. What would the future hold for Charm City's beloved alternative weekly? Would the once-great

Sun

render it a once-great

City Paper

?

Then came a cover story on the Baltimore Orioles, followed by a cover story on pizza. "That's it," I thought, "the jig is up. The new overlords are going to turn this into a weekly version of

b

. So much for alternative."

But when I opened the most recent copy, I was heartened to see a letter from Larnell Custis Butler (

, April 2), daring the new overlords to try and kill the words within her. And then came Edward Ericson Jr.'s hard-hitting piece on the privatization of public housing in Baltimore ("

," Mobtown Beat, April 2). And of course Mr. Wrong's stream-of-consciousness blue streak is always welcome.

All right,

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City Paper

. This longtime reader has stuck by you through the budget cuts that took their toll over the past few years. I'll stick by you going forward, even if it means having to flip through ever-more fluff to find the nuggets. Mobtown Beat alone is worth the effort. So keep up what's left of the good work.

Akim Reinhardt

Baltimore

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Homeslyce for winning City Paper's Munch Madness pizza bracket! Go to citypaper.com/munch to see full results.

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