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Baltimore pleads the Fifth [Letter]

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was unsuccessful in keeping the secret audit of our failed speed camera program under wraps and now faces a City Council investigation and hundreds of victimized citizens who see City Hall as their enemy instead of their servant ("Unanswered questions," Jan. 29).

This is a bad day for Baltimore ,and decisive action is needed. First, Mayor Rawlings-Blake should solidify her hold on City Hall and insure that other secret documents are not leaked. She could begin with staff education and by distributing "Stop Snitching" T-shirts to her inner circle.

Next, in light of City Solicitor George Nilson's explanation that the publicly-funded audit could not be released because that could "create obvious risks and potential exposure for the city," the mayor should consider adopting a catchphrase that accurately reflects her administration's approach to governing.

As "Believe" fades away, we could repaint our park benches with this new slogan: "Baltimore, the City that pleads the Fifth."

Honesty is, after all, the best policy.

Mac Nachlas, Mount Washington

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