The big time editorial about violence in the city and preparations for the 4th of July celebration at the Inner Harbor ("Safe harbor," July 4) deserves a follow-up. I live in Baltimore's central business district and visited the harbor during the holiday and attended the Electric Brigade concert before the fireworks. There was a massive police presence, and it appeared that we had another safe, violence-free celebration (as was the case with the recent Sailabration). The lack of mention of the event in The Sun afterward created a large vacuum in the recent stream of consciousness of violence in the city.
Although everything appeared to go off without a hitch at the harbor, at about 11 p.m. there were groups of youths, and some not so youthful groups, wandering around downtown and lighting off strings of firecrackers. Then there was a surge of sirens and flashing lights as a fire engine, police cruisers, and ambulances converged. Good old "Foxtrot" had been circling for most of the evening, and when the surge of activity occurred, on came the spotlight, and it hovered over one spot for a short period of time. From this, I assumed that an "incident" had taken place.
In light of the recent focus on crime at the Harbor and downtown, and the discussion of the cover-up by city officials, the silence by The Sun rings loudly. If the celebration came off without a hitch, the recent efforts by city officials and the Baltimore Police Department deserve high accolades. If there were problems, the people of the city deserve to know.
Gary Moyer, Baltimore