To the Editor,

Thank you for the commentary about some of your recent experiences with the citizenry of Dundalk. The Mr. Rogers test may be the gold standard for interaction, a good one for sure. I’d be happy if the coarse language would just cease and desist.

My wife (born in West, TX, many years in Baytown, TX) has been a Marylander since 1995, we are Dundalkians just since 2016.

I am a lifetime Baltimore kid, with some intermissions in PA, NYC and VA. She loves her adopted city and state; I made a special effort to “come home” while others lose faith and run away.

Only occasionally do we see or experience the comments and behaviors you refer to and must see every day. To see and hear this sort of thing is disheartening at best. Rude and crude is out there, but good folks are out here. For us, we simply try to be the best we can be and stand up for principles of decency.

We see opportunity and challenges in Dundalk. As jobs flow toward the region and time takes the bite out of bitterness, an upward trajectory is possible. Learning how and actually living in the 21st century is a necessity; we find many here in Dundalk stuck in the 20th, calling it Heritage.

We are with you. I am not currently a subscriber but based on your editorial I intend to become one. Thank you.

Jack Burkert

Dundalk

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