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For this suburbanite, Baltimore remains at the heart of things | READER COMMENTARY

The Baltimore city skyline is reflected in the Inner Harbor before dawn on Thursday.
The Baltimore city skyline is reflected in the Inner Harbor before dawn on Thursday. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

Thanks for another good Dan Rodricks’ column (“Will suburbanites see Baltimore as ‘our city’ again? There’s hope for that,” June 4). I’m one suburbanite who says — proudly and lately more than ever — that he’s from Baltimore. But frankly I feel like a bit of a fraud.

I do not live within the city limits as so many of my friends do, and even though I have been many years in what passes for a “rough” part of Columbia, it’s still Columbia, for crying out loud. I have regular, retired-guy volunteer gigs in Baltimore, and it’s the center of our cultural life, the focus of our philanthropy, the body around which we revolve.

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When I follow the biblical injunction to pray for the “welfare of the city,” it’s Baltimore I pray for. It’s just not our geographical home. I apologize if that’s improper.

David Ward, Columbia

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