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I didn't perceive the comments about Simon's shows, included in Mike Rowe's Facebook post, as a complaint. Rather, they were just observations about the (perhaps unintended or secondary) impacts to the city's public image. I believe he even states that Homicide was a "great show". While both of these shows, especially The Wire, were extremely complex commentaries on the urban experience and American policy as a whole, not specifically about Baltimore, a lot of more simple minded or naïve viewers may associated the content of the shows to Baltimore specifically (many of whom have never been here, and thus ask, "is it really like The Wire")?

Without accusing Mr. Simon of anything, I would caution him not to take offense to someone trying to improve the image and culture of our city, citing The Wire as a backdrop; The Wire did not tarnish the City's name, but rather, some individuals misappropriated a lot of the message...

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–“Gary Sever,” Nov. 14
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Does Mike Rowe know any carpenters that can help nail David Simon back up on his cross?

–“Daniel Schroder,” Nov. 14

This is so silly. The Wire is brilliant, funny, painful, awesome and pretty spot on. It's also just one story (per season, of course) of many in a city that, like most cities, has many many stories to tell. I get what Mike Rowe is trying to say, because like many I am sure, I have heard "you live in Baltimore! Is it just like 'The Wire'?" more times than I can recall. I would love some more stories about Baltimore to hit national attention just to flesh out my favorite city some more.

In short.

Boys, you're both pretty.

–“Jessica Boyd,” Nov. 14

I normally cheer City Paper stories, but this one made me jeer. Y'all need to stop the boosterism for a minute and spend some time (not just the measly vacation time afforded by most employers, unfortunately) in some location far away from Baltimore... and you'll discover that Mike Rowe is right. I've been out for 5 years. That IS how the rest of the country sees Baltimore. You tell them where you're from, and they flinch.

That's not to say that David Simon *intended* to make Baltimore look bad, but that's what happened. And honestly he was just giving the people what they want.

You had to dig pretty deep to find something wrong with Rowe featuring workers in the same way that he has for the last decade or so. Rowe is doing a good thing here. Get your lips off Simon's member and stop castigating Rowe. This is not a competition. Baltimore is allowed to have more than one star, ya? Or are we really as small as the stereotype says?

–“Lisa Doyle,” Nov. 14

Simon comes off as clueless, and a tad too sensitive about his baby.

–“Vincent Vizachero,” Nov. 12

Rowe was eviserated

–“Dave Marcoot,” Nov. 11

We lost partying for years at my college because of a single stolen street sign. Taking some time off to reëxamine monitoring procedures because of rape and violence against women won't kill you, Blue Jays.

–“Patchen Mortimer,” Nov. 13

Jeez, these kids are so entitled.

So they ban parties for the remaining month and a half of the semester so they can figure out a way to make social engagements safer for students and children who might be in attendance.

This is kind of something people should support.

–“David Phillip Carollo,” Nov. 13

Their parties are also objectively terrible. Probably doing students more than one favor here.

–“Haley Deutsch,” Nov. 14

Please no one tell them that there are bars between Charles Village and downtown.

–“Christa B. Daring,” Nov. 14

I'm a little confused. According to the JHU newsletter, the primary activity at these JHU social events is drinking. If the drinking age in Maryland is 21, and the age of students at JHU is between 18 and 22, then only 25% of the school's students can legally drink alcoholic beverages. Why is the university condoning this activity? If the students wish to remain "safe" perhaps their best course of action would be to "go downtown" or go anywhere in Baltimore where clubs card people at the door, employ bouncers and have to comply with a long list of state and local laws, regulations and guidelines that seem to keep most everyone safe and sexual-assault free. Yes, JHU students, step outside your little bubble, look around, there is a big world out here beyond 33rd street. You can do it.

–“Cham101,” Nov. 14

Basically, frats are run by rich kids, and the rich kids' parents give the school moolah. the rich kids want to get drunk with people under 21, but they can't do that at bars (too public), hence a house party. obviously, the colleges can't just condone it, so they impose rules on the frats on what kinds of drinking/parties they can have. luckily for the frats those rules come with loopholes large enough to drive a truck through, so the kids get to do what they want. if the schools balked they wouldn't get the big fat checks from mommy and daddy anymore. greek houses, with their alcohol abuse, drugs, hazing, and elitist status, are basically just institutional corruption. that's why this kind of distasteful response is not surprising at all... they really don't give a shit about anyone, and they know they have the influence to push back on the school.

–“franklysusan,” Nov. 15

This is Baynard's same article regurgitated with a clothing launch. Isn't that misleading use of quotes if you're just "borrowing" cough stealing cough quotes from another story to write something else? He does have other work... No need to hate on someone because he had a successful idea. Why do you hate people who make money on their art? Frame every quote out of context. He's saying he's not worried about being considered a sell-out because being authentic doesn't put food on the table.

–“joe rob1,” Nov. 16

Hell hath no fury like a free tabloid editor scorned.

–“Daniel Schroder,” Nov. 13

Way to go Michael. Wishing you wild success!

–“Stella Simon,” Nov. 14

Great story, Van Smith. It's a fund day out on the water with the oyster counters. I've been covering the oyster aquaculture in the Chesapeake Bay for about a decade, and we have many stories about it on our web site. check it out if you want, www.bayjournal.com. I believe there is not as much resistance to aquaculture among watermen as there once was. Many watermen are in the oyster growing business, and more will get in as time goes on.

–“rona kobell,” Nov. 12

I'm glad to see the truth begin to come out. Baltimore deserves better than a public radio station that sells airtime. I wonder when the next public Board meeting will be…I'd like to attend.

Also, it is the Corporation for Public Broadcasting who should be alerted about the trading of airtime for money, and underwriters who were allowed to vote in union election. It is the overseeing body which funds public radio stations, not NPR.

–“Aimee Pohl,” Nov. 13

It was the Union who stipulated who should be able to vote, not the station. Quoting from the legal documents - "all full-time, part-time, and freelance hosts, reporters, producers, analysts, and new media professionals, excluding all office-clerical employees, managerial employees, guards, and supervisors as defined by the Act. The petition asserts there are approximately 21 employees in the proposed unit."

–“Nate West,” Nov. 15

Honoring people that are criminals is never a good idea. Why has she not included pictures of the people that justifiably used guns to save lives instead of the criminals killed while committing a violent crime?

We she brought race into the picture she is doing harm and should not have an unopposed public forum.

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–“TexTopCat,” Nov. 11
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