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Baltimore's rebirth requires a renaissance in attitudes toward business

I find it amusing that The Sun fails to see the inconsistency of positions on the rebirth of Baltimore City ("Baltimore and rebirth," July 5). Until the city can achieve property tax parity with the surrounding jurisdictions, stop increasing taxes and fees, reduce crime and improve the school system there is no way it will ever see its population grow.

Nothing about Baltimore City — or the state of Maryland — encourages the development of new businesses and jobs. To answer The Sun's own question — "Are we doing everything that can be done to attract and retain business?" — the answer must be a resounding no. Most of the time, both The Sun and the powers that be seem to go out of their way to be anti-business.

To move from Baltimore bashing to Baltimore boosting, we must start by taking a really hard look at the anti-business and anti-growth policies that created this mess, Then we need to develop a consistent plan for change and have the political courage to implement it.

At present, I just don't see any leadership — either political or journalistic — that is up to the task.

Hugh Sisson, Baltimore

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