Baltimore Looks for a Mayor Better than Schaefer

 

 

In the 1980’s Baltimore was acclaimed, “the best city in the world” , with one man at the helm, William Donald Schaefer. According to the report in Esquire magazine, he did what many other mayors before him never did: rebuilding the walls of city hall, brought Baltimore the subway, and light rail systems, five interstates, and of course, the transformation of downtown Baltimore, as we witness the glorification of the Inner Harbor, i.e. HARBORPLACE, jobs, jobs, and more jobs.

We are going on 45 years since Schaefer, and 4 succeeding mayors, 3 black, 1 white, and under those, the city’s attraction and ranking plummeted. Hard to believe, when one of them was a Rhodes Scholar, black, with a city that’s predominantly black.

Here we are again, 2016, and the major candidates among the 11, are black (African American). Who is going to step up to the Schaefer dynasty? What does Baltimore need? Who has the vision to gain the applause. The way to empower people is to improve their economic status. The Sears department store in East Baltimore was replaced with a courthouse/jail. The canning companies have left replaced by rubble. Coppin State University in West Baltimore has expanded taking over many homes in the area, the same as Johns Hopkins has done in East Baltimore, with no improvement to the economic base in these neighborhoods, except to be employed as security guards.

Baltimore needs a mayor who will travel abroad to bring industry to the inner city, to improve the existing neighborhoods, empowering the residents to buy things not steal them. A ride through the city, many areas have been razed to the ground, like Gay and Chester Streets. Upland Apartments, remodeled for incomes 45 thousand and above, pushing residents to flee for housing in Harford County some 45 miles away.

Why would anyone living in the city take a minimum wage job in Columbia, Essex, Bel Air Md.? After paying transportation and lunch, what is left? Daniel Henson! ? (Check what city mayor did he serve). It is easier to sell drugs, play the Maryland Lottery, and enjoy the good life like the black politicians and pastors throughout the city.

Some pastors in Baltimore are holding up T.D. Jakes a magachurch pastor, turned filmmaker as an example to follow. What hypocrisy! No wonder a young prominent church pastor is waiting for a vacancy in West Baltimore politics, so that he can hypocritally represent that district in Congress.

Perhaps the most uniquely qualified person running for mayor of Baltimore is Wilton Wilson. (watch video).

 I talked with Sheila Dickson in 2012:

 

 

 

The Original Birdman Lands in Baltimore

Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society

(l-R) John Escreet, piano; Seamus Blake tenor sax; Matt Brewer, bass.

 

BIRDMAN, the movie, won several awards in 2014, starring Michael Keaton, and the musical score was composed by a drummer.

But this drummer has some additional wings, not found on a bird. He has four Grammy Awards, and is considered one of the more innovative drummers today; but wait, the association is not with rock or pop, but with, of all genres, JAZZ.

Antonio Sanchez was born in Mexico, started playing drums in kindergarten, and later pursued a degree in classical piano.

This interest in drums and jazz propelled him into the visions of catalysts in the music business, and came to be sought after by fellow Mexican, movie director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, thus, the soundtrack.

So it was with much interest, that many in Baltimore, braved the cold weather to visit the Baltimore Museum of Art, to see him live, in conjunction with three other accomplished artists, Seamus Blake (tenor sax), John Escreet (piano), and Matt Brewer (bass).

Antonio “Birdman” Sanchez has an avid interest in education, it is unfortunate that occasions like these do not extend to our youth attending, instead the audience is filled with appreciates who are primarily septuagenarians.

Next concert, Sunday April, 3, THE ORRIN EVANS QUINTET.

 

Watch What You Sow

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Look what the rich preferred, a rebel with a record, BARABBAS

Donald Trump Addresses GOP Lincoln Day Event In Michigan

BIRCH RUN, MI – AUGUST 11: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a press conference before delivering the keynote address at the Genesee and Saginaw Republican Party Lincoln Day Event August 11, 2015 in Birch Run, Michigan. This is Trump’s first campaign event since his Republican debate last week. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Because it can come back to haunt you. A certain man set out to change the world, but wherever he turned he was greeted with a resounding “No!” He kept on plowing, feeling his destiny was to make it, hoping to see a light flicker at the end of the tunnel.

Like the little locomotive, his mantra became, “I think I can, I think I can”. However the major opposition to his message, shouted “no you can’t”. Why the opposition? The money changers felt he would reduce their riches, and give to the poor; that their children would be forced to attend schools with the destitute, who at times come to school with nothing in their stomachs, and cannot afford school supplies and classic sundries.

It looked like a repeat of history, when a certain man walked the earth, and ran into conflict with the rich, who felt he was not fighting their fight, and they  opted for , you know him by name, BARABBAS.

Today’s Barabbas is a surprise to the rich, because he emerged from among them; he took the no, no, no, preached to the faithful, that he decided to jump ship, and become the leader of those who had “no” rings in their noses, and on their tongues. And who is this rebellious, unfaithful, bellicose rebel? Donald “BARABBAS” Trump.

The Roman Empire fell into ruins, following that man’s departure, leaving many to plea for his return, and wipe away tears from their eyes. The new Barabbas is causing the one percent empire to implode. A profound lesson: you cannot sow “NO”, and expect to get “YES”.