Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake seems to think raising the container tax on soft drinks is creative ("Rawlings-Blake calls on council to adopt bottle tax hike," Nov. 14). Just keep taxing the average Joe out of Baltimore. Is that a really good plan?

Here is a better idea. Eliminate deputy mayors, make developers pay property tax on what they build and eliminate the Baltimore Development Corporation.

I am sure there is more cutting to be done, but these are some easy ways to reduce waste in government quickly without more taxes.

What would happen to the taxes if Coke and Pepsi stopped delivering to the city and increased service to neighboring counties? A week of that and there would be no more bottle tax.

J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown