The Mail 3/4/15


In my opinion, all the balls reviewed are dreck ("The search for Baltimore's best matzo ball soup begins and ends at home," Eats & Drinks, Feb. 18), simply air-entrained fluff in chicken flavored hot water. Real matzo balls are the German style, made by my Aunt Selma on Rogers Avenue. They were hard, the size of shooter marbles, and served in a reddish, beef-based, thin vegetable soup. Aunt Selma passed in 1985 at age 92. I dearly miss both her and her unforgettable matzo balls!

Herman Heyn
Long Live the King
After reading the letter by Alan Barysh (The Mail, Feb. 25), it made me realize how idiotic some people are. How did the goals of Martin Luther King Jr. differ from those of other groups that Barysh mentioned? His goals were revealed in his famous speech (“I have a dream . . .”) that moved a nation.

On Dec. 10, 1964, the late King received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. He won the award for his use of nonviolent resistance in the struggle for racial equality. Was the Southern Christian Leadership Conference left to their own devices? It doesn't appear so.

Leo A. Williams
Scrap the Sculpture
I don’t understand why MICA professor Kerr Houston found Michael Farley’s piece on Jonathan Borofsky’s ‘Male/Female’ “wonderfully written” (The Mail, Feb. 18). I found it horribly written and nearly incomprehensible. Then again, there are many things I don’t understand, such as why local scrap dealer Lloyd Vaughn was attacked in the same issue of City Paper (“Scrapper and custodian Lloyd T. Vaughn is scraping by however he can,” City Folk, Feb. 18) for his history of “selling drugs,” while Max’s Taphouse owner Ron Furman was praised for selling alcohol (“Max’s Taphouse and State Line Liquors,” Baltimore Beer Baron, Feb. 18).

I did come away with the impression that Farley thinks anyone who hates Borofsky's atrocious sculpture also hates transgendered people. Silly me—all this time I'd thought I loathed it because it looks like shit.

Maybe soon I will learn in City Paper's pages that I'm a racist because I consider D.C.'s MLK Jr. monument to be a ludicrous sham, or that I hate music because I find Baltimore's Frank Zappa statue an absurd attempt at hipness from our city's controllers. Admittedly, it's easier to give city residents a mural to look at than to provide the homeless with shelter and jobs, but must public art be as horrific as 'Male/Female'?


Perhaps instead of trying to "reclaim" 'Male/Female' for the neighborhood, Midtowners should reclaim the neighborhood from 'Male/Female,' ideally by marching on Penn Station some night and knocking down the fucking thing. Then we could pay Lloyd Vaughn to haul off Borofsky's hunk of junk or the remains thereof, which he could no doubt sell to Farley, Houston, or collectors with similarly poor taste. The hard-working Mr. Vaughn would make a profit and my neighborhood would be rid of a hideous eyesore.

And in a city more determined to prove its coolness via public art than its compassion by providing essential services, Farley need not worry about running out of indefensible work to defend in indigestible prose.
Jon Swift

Correction: In the Feb. 11 Mail page, the email address that writer David Yaffe included in his letter was misspelled. The correct address is baltimorelibrarypotential@gmail.com. City Paper regrets the error.


There is a lot of truth in this article. I would have added a great bottle of Chianti Classico, some good bread with great oil to dip it in, and maybe a walnut & green salad with a simple dressing. Throw in some biscottis and Vin Santo for dessert and a person would definitely be moving to the bedroom later.

And while high-quality bacon–maybe, maybe–can be substituted, there is no substitute for Italian pasta in the spaghetti shape, hence the dish's name. And, according to the masters Guiliano Bugialli and Mario Batali, there appears to be a dispute on whether garlic should be in the dish or not.

–“William Bond,” Feb. 25

Another item to add to the laundry list of ways the MTA is utterly incompetent.

–“Richard W. Eggert II,”  Feb. 24

Should not surprise anyone. The government is only efficient in collecting taxes and fights wars

–“Jeffrey Scott McNeill,” Feb. 24

Mike Talbott, how long did it take you to create BusIt! for the Charm City Circulator?

–“Joseph Zuccaro,” Feb. 24

Similar to Transit App, I have made offers directly to the MTA to make Busit work with MTA buses FOR FREE. Unfortunately, they refuse 3rd party developers access to their GPS data like the Circulator does. I'm glad to hear they got it working with a hack. I thought about doing that but it probably is violating some terms of service. That said, if they provide me access to their GPS data, I can create an update for Busit or an entirely new MTA app in a week or two.

–“Mike Talbott,” Mar. 1

Thanks. I figured you had something interesting to share. I still use Busit and appreciate the work you put into it.

–“Joseph Zuccaro,” Mar. 1

Thanks! Busit is long overdue for an update. Honestly, because of how MTA has been handling the whole tracking thing, I was thinking of evolving Busit into a crowd sourced transit tracker app. If MTA can get it done right, maybe we can do it better without them. Gorilla transit, sort of like Waze for public transit.

–“Mike Talbott,” Mar. 1

Not a bad idea. What would really be cool would be some app that lets people understand the relative costs and time taken between something like a cab, circulator, the paid bus, and Uber when you want to get from "A to B"

Depending on how quickly I need to get to a place, I would be able to see and "weigh" the difference. For example, is the Uber charge worth it when I can actually get there 10 minutes later (and still in time for my deadline) for free?

–“Joseph Zuccaro,” Mar. 1

Thank God someone with a brain figured out how to do this. The fact that MTA thought it was okay to release this without a 'real time' application was beyond reason - actually - it was rather stupid!

–“User6447200001195,” Feb. 26

Awesome smear campaign Baltimore City Paper

–“Chauncey Whiting,” Feb. 25

Lol. That saves me a drive

–“Katy Young Kahl,” Feb. 25

I ate there before Keefer and while Keefer was there–markedly different. I'm not surprised to hear the food declined with his departure, it was poor before. There are plenty of great food options in Federal Hill, I only hope that Bandito's uses this as constructive criticism and makes some seriously needed changes. I applaud your transparency in the experience.

–“StuStu,” Feb. 26
This review is terribly biased! I’ve been a Federal Hill resident for 5 years now, and I’ve been frequenting Banditos since they opened over 2 years ago. I have to say, even though they’ve been through quite a few menu changes and chefs over this time period, it’s refreshing to see that they’re not afraid to keep pushing the envelope and trying to be more than just another bar in Federal Hill. They’re trying to get it right, and I respect that. As a “foodie” and an an avid Baltimore diner myself, I truly applaud them for their efforts and diligence. Like with all change, there is going to be an adjustment period, and to write and base your review off a visit so soon after Chef Keefer left is actually very critical and premature. For example, I just went to their 3-course tequila pairing dinner this week and the food was absolutely phenomenal and far from cheap in quality. As for anyone thinking that this article is constructive criticism - I beg to differ. Reads more like a bash-blog article to me!

I'd like to add one more thing. It appears the author of this article, Jennifer Waldera, is actually friends with Chef Keefer on FB. How ironic! Guess you're not the only one doing their research.

–“Nicole_p,” Feb. 28

They absolutely were in earlier days. And some of those wooden pipes of old have outlasted more modern pipes.

–“Alexander Mitchell,” Feb. 26

In 1904, right after the big fire, Bemore had incredibly cold weather and the "frost line" was four feet down.

–“Linda Franklin,” Feb. 28

According to the late Bruce Crocket, who created the city's Public Works Museum, there are indeed wooden pipes still functioning, still in the ground in Baltimore City. They have an example of them on display. No one knows how many remain in service & where they're located, yet it's not zero.

–“Tom Kiefaber,” Feb. 28

damm i cant get a letter delivered n they can get weed

–“Thomas Molidor,” Feb. 24

whatever.....isis whatever..who cares? we have done nothing but bomb the hell out of people we don't even know who....go away. keep your propaganda to yourself. don't bother me with anymore of these stupid scarey boogie men w film studios and fake BS threats of more garbage.

–“Kzar Foster,” Feb. 24

I know right^, its fucking awesome getting a local community of talented artist to showcase their art. roll over and look at the wall, ya jabroni!

–“Will Truck,” Feb. 23

i often have trouble sympathizing with individuals who complain that their view has been ruined by community attractions or amenities. go live in a gated community if you don't want your precious view to show any other signs of life than your own.

–“Jared T. Fischer,” Feb. 23

I love the art billboard as long as it stays art and less commerce.

–“Brad Gunson,” Feb. 23

I take Amtrak a lot and each time I see the billboard as I walk up Charles, it reminds me why I love Baltimore.

–“Scott Guthrie,” Feb. 23