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Monumental Memories

This is my first letter to City Paper, which I have enjoyed reading over the years. Your selection of "Best Overlooked Monument: On the Trail Statue" ("Best of Baltimore," Sept. 17) in Clifton Park woke up a lifetime-ago flood of vivid memories.

From 1956 to 1960, my brother, Mike, and I ran for Baltimore City College on the cross country and track teams coached by Vic Schmid and Jerry Nathanson. Clifton Park was our "home" cross-country course, and the On the Trail statue of one Native American Indian was and is still at the bottom of Indian Hill. A park road led from the statue to the top of the hill (almost), where the course turned left and headed toward the finish line on St. Lo Drive.


The Native American Indian remains frozen in time, peering forward at the distant trail before he resumes his journey. We City runners saw our Indian guide almost daily as we struggled up Indian Hill. All of us came to realize if we conquered this part of the trail, we would probably be the winning team. Thank you for the memories.

Lewis J. Smith 

Best Carpetbagger

I should like to comment on the selection of Bill Ferguson as Baltimore's Best Politician ("Best of Baltimore," Sept. 17).


Putting aside how this humorless yuppie carpetbagger from Montgomery County ousted (the social media-unsavvy) George Della through "dirty tricks" such as cybersquatting, and how he benefitted from print attack ads run by developer Patrick Turner (to whom Della refused to kowtow), the key is the CP comment about Ferguson's "getting through bills to help charter schools." See the article from The American Prospect: An alum of the Teach for America cult, Ferguson is a stalking horse for the privatization of American public education.

Ferguson also seems deficient when it comes to constituent services: A friend of mine queried him/his office about the status of a bill introduced (not one of his) in the Senate, and did not receive the courtesy of even an auto-reply! And this was just before the recent primary, a time when, if nothing else, you would expect a candidate running for re-election to do everything possible to avoid alienating a presumable voter.

Luke Sanders

Finding Harvey

My name is Lonnie Fleetwood. I'm the son of Harrison Harvey. I'm currently incarcerated and I came across my father's interview ("Camp 83," Feature, Sept. 3).

Disturbed and hurt to find out my father's whereabouts and condition for the first time since August 2013, I've got a lot of questions. But for the most part, I want him to know he's not alone.

Since I came across my father's situation, I've been doing some research in order to get him into a hospital to be treated, and a place to stay based off his income. My father is funny and is a beautiful-hearted man who deserves better.

I apologize for not being there at this minute, Pop, but soon, real soon. Love you!

Lonnie Fleetwood

“Officer who shot man in York, Pennsylvania
resigned, so police will not present use-of-force

They waited until BPD got to the scene before sending the victim to the York Hospital?! Well, let's see. I live right on the MD/PA line, outside of Hanover, on the PA side, & it's about 40 minutes from the city. While York is about another 30-40 minutes north. If traveling straight up 83, I'd say it'd take about an hour & half, with traffic 2 hours. That's crazy & appalling, to make the victim wait that long to go to the hospital!

—“Erica Owens,” Sept. 28
“Ottobar staffer

I don't have any words. Anger and sadness blend into a chilling sense of loss.

–“Peter Wile McKibben,” Sept. 26

I found out this morning. Totally crushed.

–“Amy Springer Ochs,” Sept. 26

This is terrible. My condolences to Tom's family, friends and co-workers.

–“Linda Kerr,” Sept. 26

I always thought underground music and "punk" music was supposed to be a community of people who understood one another on a certain level. That's what I was taught when people booked my shitty bands. But this is just tragic and discouraging beyond belief. I did not know him. I remember seeing him around the ottobar many many times. I hope the lowlife that did this gets what he deserves but there will never be justice. This shouldn't happen. Not like this.

–“Marc Rothe,” Sept. 26

Agree with you totally Marc. Nothing about this is what a music community is about. Just the worst of humanity.

–“Bret Hadzimichalis,” Sept. 26

Such an amazing guy. is definitely not fair.

–“Serotonin Deficiency,” Sept. 26

All over being kicked out of the club. Absolutely disgusting and I hope they have the person who did this.

–“Aaron Atkinson,” Sept. 26

This is why I don't do many shows anymore. Cum stains with much attitude who don't know how to behave.

–“Sean Bowers,” Sept. 26

I love the ottobar so much This makes me so angry , that the thought that someone would kill some one over stupid reasons like that,of you act up you're gonna get kicke out, I didn't know Tom well but he had held on to my box of Capri sun at cuz i couldnt brig it in at one of the shows its really upsetting I hope this guy is brought to justice and get what's coming to him, rest easy

–“Ivan Demonturtle Aki,” Sept. 27

I'm so glad they caught him

–“Annie Brown,” Sept. 27

Rot in jail scumbag.

–“Aaron Atkinson,” Sept. 27
“Best Exodus: Mount Vernon”

Does City Paper do journalism any more? One reason for "ripping up the parks" is to install permanent, heavy-duty underground wiring to support events like the Baltimore Book Festival (which will return) and the Flower Mart. Another is to install cisterns that will collect runoff and recycle it through a new irrigation system, which will keep the grass healthy and allow a quick recovery _after_ events. A third is to replace the aging zelkovas and bradford pears that obscure the cultural institutions and sculptures with new trees that correspond to what Carrere and Hastings planted the last time the squares were rebuilt in the early 1900s.

–“James Hunt,” Sept. 18
“The Sage of Baltimore”

In just doing some preliminary research on him on wiki he was all over the place on lots of social topics, blacks, jews, women etc. Maybe he was a racist civil rights hero.

–“Kevin Freedomfighter Cranford,” Sept. 10

Mencken wrote fantastic pieces but, if he were alive today, he'd host the Mencken Hour on Fox News.

–“Geoff Shannon,” Sept. 10

It's hard to fathom where Mencken would work today. Certainly his atheism, often tipping into outright mocking of Christianity, might make the Fox and Friends crew squirm. That he can't be easily pigeonholed is part of why he is fascinating. Along with the deft use of language.

–“Brennen Jensen,” Sept. 10