I was pleased to see that the mayor's office is concerned about Baltimore's climate for investment and economic growth ("City to study ways to improve Baltimore economic and business climate Dec. 3). I am certain the consultant will have suggestions that are worth $167,500.

But I would like to suggest that the mayor meet first with Professor Stephen Walters, a talented economist at Loyola University and the John Hopkins University Institute for Applied Economics. Professor Walters has studied the Baltimore problem and has some excellent ideas. It would only cost the price of a cup of coffee, and I'm willing to pay for that myself.

Lou Galambos, Baltimore

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