Necessary truth in Baltimore
by Gregory Kane Columnist
When Dave Miceli hits a home run, the guy doesn’t mess around. He really jacks it out of the ballpark.
I’m talking about a metaphorical home run, not a literal one. The home run Miceli hit was to give the people of Baltimore a bit of unvarnished, unadulterated yet necessary truth.
Miceli has been a teacher in Baltimore public schools for about 20 years. No doubt you’ve probably never heard of him. But, if I have anything to do with it, Miceli will soon become an Internet hero.
In early July, editors at The Baltimore Sun ran an editorial about the recent spate of violent crime to hit the city. They named as root causes of the violence all the usual suspects liberals dredge up about such things.
Miceli was having none of it. On July 15, editors printed a letter he wrote that took issue with the editorial. I’m reprinting the missive in its entirety.
“Regarding your recent editorial, ‘How to end the killing,’ your last paragraph made me want to vomit. ‘No doubt, Baltimore needs effective police and prosecutors, ample drug treatment, better schools, and more economic opportunities.’
“How dare you accuse, through implication or otherwise, that the need for ‘better schools’ is a reason there is so much killing. Had you defined the loosely used term, ‘better schools,’ perhaps I and probably others may not have been so nauseated.
“I have taught in the Baltimore public school system for the past two decades. What we need is better students. We have many excellent teachers. I cannot count the number of students who have physically destroyed property in the schools.
‘They have trashed brand new computers, destroyed exit signs, set multiple fires, destroyed many, many lockers, stolen teachers’ school supplies, written their filth on the tops of classroom desks, defecated in the bathrooms and stairwells, assaulted teachers (beyond constantly telling them to perform certain impossible acts upon themselves) and refused to do any homework or class work.
“Need I go any further? I won’t even bother addressing the other ‘causes’ you listed. Too inane. In summary, the problem seems to be a total disregard for life that exists not only in our crime-ridden city, but also in all of the major cities throughout the United States. So, go blame other root causes, but please leave our city police, prosecutors and teachers out of the finger wagging.”
Miceli is absolutely. But, in the interest of full disclosure, I’ll give a few more facts about The Baltimore Sun before I proceed.
From 1995 through 2008 I was a metro columnist for The Baltimore Sun. I was the lone conservative voice among the columnists.
Back then the paper was liberal to moderate. But, in 2008, management at the Tribune Company, which owns the paper, decided they’d have a much more profitable paper if they induced seasoned, excellent journalists to take buyouts.
Over 40 of us opted to leave the paper. The editorial board must have changed dramatically. The Baltimore Sun is no longer liberal to moderate.
The paper is now so far left that management at the Tribune Company might want to adopt another cost-saving measure: fire the entire editorial board. Just have the paper’s editorials reprinted from news releases of the Democratic National Committee.
Believe me, Baltimore readers will scarcely notice the difference.
Liberals and progressives detest hearing that bad students, not bad schools, are the cause of the nation’s educational woes.
Those liberals and progressives won’t hold near and dear to their hearts Miceli’s ultimate conclusion either: that violence in cities like Baltimore and Chicago have more to do with a “total disregard for life” than poor schools or poverty.
Liberals and progressives, with their passion for “abortion rights” and “choice,” have been part and parcel of the mentality that has led to that “total disregard for life.”
So when they go looking for the causes of violent crime in our nation’s cities, they really need look no further than the nearest mirror.
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