June 28, 2013

Lambasting Baltimore again

Karen Houppert’s essay “Oh, rats. After seven years, there’s one aspect of Baltimore she still can’t get used to” [Magazine, June 23] is the latest piece in The Post lambasting Baltimore. 

I lived in Houppert’s neighborhood (Charles Village) for years and now live in the heart of the city (Mount Vernon), where, one would think, the rat problem would be worse. It’s not. I don’t go around hunting for rats, but I’m not going to get into an argument about whether there is a rat problem. I don’t see people dying because of rats. Gross it is, but hardly an issue to impugn an entire city that has far greater issues to grapple with than rats. Charles Village is one of the most “respectable” neighborhoods in the city, packed with professors, academics and students. If it has a rat problem, it’s not the city’s fault.

Next time, Houppert should pick up that dead rat on the corner and dispose of it properly rather than musing over her next essay. It’s her neighborhood, after all.

Jeremy T. Miller, Baltimore

A New Yorker complaining about rats? Is Karen Houppert kidding? I guess she didn’t spend a lot of time looking down at the sidewalks in New York.

I agree with Houppert’s husband: She just didn’t want to move here. Well, Interstate 95 runs north and south. Or, if she wants to stick it out, she could buy a pooper-scooper and pick up the “rat corpses strewn about.” Maybe then her neighbors would follow her example.

Angela Harris, Odenton

Karen Houppert’s essay “Oh, rats. After seven years, there’s one aspect of Baltimore she still can’t get used to” [Magazine, June 23] is the latest piece in The Post lambasting Baltimore. 

I lived in Houppert’s neighborhood (Charles Village) for years and now live in the heart of the city (Mount Vernon), where, one would think, the rat problem would be worse. It’s not. I don’t go around hunting for rats, but I’m not going to get into an argument about whether there is a rat problem. I don’t see people dying because of rats. Gross it is, but hardly an issue to impugn an entire city that has far greater issues to grapple with than rats. Charles Village is one of the most “respectable” neighborhoods in the city, packed with professors, academics and students. If it has a rat problem, it’s not the city’s fault.

Next time, Houppert should pick up that dead rat on the corner and dispose of it properly rather than musing over her next essay. It’s her neighborhood, after all.

Jeremy T. Miller, Baltimore

A New Yorker complaining about rats? Is Karen Houppert kidding? I guess she didn’t spend a lot of time looking down at the sidewalks in New York.

I agree with Houppert’s husband: She just didn’t want to move here. Well, Interstate 95 runs north and south. Or, if she wants to stick it out, she could buy a pooper-scooper and pick up the “rat corpses strewn about.” Maybe then her neighbors would follow her example.

Angela Harris, Odenton