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Whatever Dr. Carson's politics, they don't justify school's portrait removal

I have never written a letter to the editor but felt compelled in response to the article about Ben Carson's fall from grace (“Ben Carson falls from grace in Baltimore, the city that once proudly claimed him,” Aug. 20). I guess he only falls as far as his political views, and such views should be regarded as private. But today, it seems everyone has a vocal opinion and loves the opportunity to have their five seconds of fame voicing it.

What disturbed me most about the article? The portrait of Dr. Carson being removed from the lobby of Archbishop Borders School by principal Alicia Freeman because he is no longer a role model to students. Why is Ms. Freeman’s view on Dr. Carson forced on those visiting or attending her school? People are smart enough to make their judgments on whom they feel falls from grace. I am a product of an archdiocese education and proudly have two children enrolled in schools within the archdiocese. The last few weeks have been very difficult to be Catholic as we are reminded about those that have held positions high in the church and have gained our trust for decades, have truly fallen from grace because of abuse against our precious children being trusted to them in Catholic schools and churches all over the United States.

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During this time, Ms. Freeman decides to toss Dr. Carson under the bus for his "fall from grace" because she doesn't like what he's doing with HUD in D.C. It's funny as I thought in order to have a say in politics we have a vote. I rarely agree with what happens in Washington, but I don't run to the roof tops and push my thoughts and beliefs on others. I will always agree to disagree with Dr. Carson, which is what makes America so wonderful. I also have a personal connection to him as he was the head of neurology at Hopkins when my very sick premature 25-week-old son was transferred because of serious head trama to his tiny brain.

Odds were stacked against him and he was sent to Hopkins because it is the place where miracles could happen. Dr. Carson was consulted and was directly involved in a plan for my son’s medical treatment. I even had the privilege to meet him one day as I sat at my son's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit crib, praying for a miracle and hoping my son would have a normal, healthy life. He was compassionate and caring and could have talked with me all day. Once I knew he was involved, I realized that my son was in the most capable hands. Today, my son is a healthy, normal 11-year-old, thanks to Dr. Carson.

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No I haven't been drinking the Kool-Aid about making America great again. I believe we are all capable of making decisions for ourselves. Trying to make someone’s amazing life and career disappear because he doesn’t fit into your political mold is nothing short of a disgrace. In a trying time when the Baltimore archdiocese is trying to keep members instead of alienating them, actions like this make us question even more. Dr. Carson is an intelligent man of good deeds whose goal in life was to help people and make a difference. He never harmed or abused children but made them well and turned them over to the hands of grateful loving parents.

While we may not agree with Dr. Carson's new job as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, a fall from grace is a tough sell to me!

Linda Poggi, Reisterstown

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