Is Baltimore crime wave a surprise, given the city's lackluster leadership?

City Hall can't find the money to open pools or run decent recreation centers. Our schools, while improving, are in shambles. Our parks have seen better days.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake prefers the company of lobbyists and the comforts of Las Vegas conferences to the tough issues facing families in Baltimore's neighborhoods (most of us don't vote anyway). The residents of Perkins Homes are used in a scheme to subsidize waterfront development and City Hall's latest "game changer" is to spend our money on race cars.

Does last week's spike in violence ("Mayor, council take on shootings," June 27) really come as a surprise?

Susan Counselman, Baltimore

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