‘Miss Plooshin’ is ideal Trash Wheel ‘slooshin’

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - OBITUARIES -

As re­ported in The Bal­ti­more Sun (“Bal­ti­more is get­ting a fourth goo­gly eyed Trash Wheel, and it needs a name,” Oct. 28), the new trash wheel be­ing placed at Gwynns Falls needs a name. I gave it a lot of thought, and I got it! I think we need a name for the new trash wheel that tells what the trash wheel does and says it in a uniquely Bal­ti­more way.

Yes, it must have an ex­plana­tory name and it must use the “Bal­ti­morese” vo­cab­u­lary. And, here it is: The name is: “Miss Plooshin.” Yes, “Miss Plooshin” (as Bal­ti­more­ans of­ten­times pro­nounce pol­lu­tion) is clean­ing the pol­lu­tion from the “warter” (wa­ter) in our ”erf” (earth) at Gwynns Falls. It picks up ”anyfink” (any­thing) that is bad for our warter and erf that causes plooshin in “Bawlmer’s” (Bal­ti­more’s) warter.

That’s it — “Miss Plooshin.” The new Wa­ter Wheel will keep us clean and help us clean our water­ways and hap­pily “miss pol­lu­tion” in our newly cleaned wa­ter.

JFX needs a fresh coat of lane mark­ers

I am writ­ing to call at­ten­tion to the in­creas­ingly dan­ger­ous con­di­tions caused by the van­ish­ing lane lines on the Jones Falls Ex­press­way — par­tic­u­larly on the south­bound curves be­tween North Av­enue and North­ern Park­way (“Help! JFX needs more vis­i­ble lane mark­ings,” June 4).

Just re­paint­ing the line defin­ing the right edge of the far right lane would rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment. Why can’t some­thing be done?

Cordish: Sun won’t in­flu­ence what events Mary­land Live books

The Sun’s op-ed opin­ion piece au­thored by Don Mohler and Rush­ern Baker, of all peo­ple, is the lat­est in a se­ries of swipes by The Sun at the Mary­land Live Casino/Ho­tel/Event Cen­ter (“For­mer county ex­ec­u­tives: Mary­land gov­er­nor plays pol­i­tics with ed­u­ca­tion,” Nov. 6). Mr. Baker never met a want of his county’s casino he didn’t sup­port, and the vot­ers got the joke and his bla­tant dis­re­gard for the wel­fare of the county and made short shrift of his run for gov­er­nor.

The Live Com­plex is per­fectly sit­u­ated off of In­ter­states 95 and 295, and geo­graph­i­cally positioned vir­tu­ally equidis­tant from Mont­gomery County, Prince Ge­orge’s County, Bal­ti­more, Howard County and, of course, Anne Arundel County. With thou­sands of free park­ing spa­ces for all vis­i­tors at all times, a five-star ho­tel, and the most vis­ited re­tail mall in Mary­land, it is no sur­prise that or­ga­ni­za­tions and cor­po­ra­tions, profit and non-profit, have made Live their as­sem­bly venue of choice.

Live has a sim­ple trans­par­ent pro­ce­dure for the book­ing of events and the cri­te­ria is to­tally ab­sent of any censorship as to the be­liefs of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, pro­vided there is no vi­o­lence or ha­tred as­so­ci­ated with their as­sem­blage. To il­lus­trate, on Nov. 7, Live wel­comes the Gov­er­nor’s An­nual Gala, and nine days later, on Nov. 16th, we are hon­ored to host the Demo­cratic Black Caucus of the state leg­is­la­ture which, to my knowl­edge, has no Repub­li­cans. We wel­come the An­nual Ma­rine Corps Gala, the State Real Es­tate Trade As­so­ci­a­tion, union events, cor­po­rate events and so on.

I per­son­ally have tremen­dous re­spect for the Ma­rine Corps of the United States and served an ac­tive duty tour in the Air Force and en­list­ment in the Navy. That said, if some­one is of the con­trary view about the mil­i­tary in Amer­ica, so be it, and the re­course is not to con­trib­ute to their event. The Sun wants the Kir­wan Com­mis­sion Re­port to be funded. Bill Kir­wan is a good friend whom I have great re­spect for. Like­wise for Gov. Larry Ho­gan (“Larry Ho­gan’s legacy: Fight­ing ed­u­ca­tion with dark money,” Sept. 20).

The Sun can keep pound­ing away; it will have zero in­flu­ence on who Live rents to. In Amer­ica, the Demo­cratic Black Caucus is en­ti­tled to the right of as­sem­blage and free speech. So is the Repub­li­can Gala Com­mit­tee. Both groups pay full freight. When The Sun started its cam­paign of non­sense against Live, our monthly rev­enue was dou­ble that of our clos­est casino com­peti­tor; it is now triple.

David Cordish, Bal­ti­more The writer is CEO and chair­man of the Cordish Cos., which owns the Mary­land Live Casino and Ho­tel.

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