So, after decades of literal open-warfare in the city driven by the drug trade, it takes a transplanted police commissioner from that bastion of safety, Oakland, Calif., to tell us that crime in the city is primarily limited to those who live and operate in the drug culture and that the "good guys and gals" should feel safe ("Batts: Crime dropped for 'everyday citizens' in 2013," Dec. 31).

I can't wait for the new fire chief from the mega-metropolis of Lincoln, Neb., to tell us that the increased fire deaths in the city are primarily the result of smoke inhalation. Mind boggling.

Stephan G. Fugate, Baltimore

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