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We visited Baltimore and found the city to be a beautiful place

John Means of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 7. A New Jersey couple who attended the game, said Baltimore is a beautiful place despite President Donald Trump's disparaging remarks about the city.
John Means of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 7. A New Jersey couple who attended the game, said Baltimore is a beautiful place despite President Donald Trump's disparaging remarks about the city. (Greg Fiume/Getty)

My husband and I from New Jersey, along with our sister-in-law from Vermont, visited Baltimore last week.

We stayed at the Inner Harbor area and attended an Orioles game against the Yankees at Camden Yards, while making a point of exploring your city beyond its tourist attractions. We had made our plans long before President Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Baltimore (“Better to have a few rats than to be one,” July 27).

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We found the residents of Baltimore to be exceptionally friendly and helpful and witnessed positive interactions and friendships between the races in your integrated community. Yes, Baltimore has its poverty and homeless population, as does any city, but at no time did we have cause to feel uncomfortable or threatened.

Thank you to the people of Baltimore who made us feel welcome and shame on President Trump for his harsh words directed at Rep. Elijah Cummings and your beautiful city (“KAL on Cummings and Trump: Whose city is infested with vermin?” July 31).

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Maureen Saar, Nutley, N.J.

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