In reference to the editorial, "A lost year" (Jan. 1), I agree that Baltimore's police department and mayor must continue to improve their tactics to reduce homicides and violent crime.
But it is very obvious to me that several factors contribute tremendously to the violent crime rate in Baltimore. It is a very simple equation: guns + drugs + poverty = violent crime and murder. No need to understand complex quantum physics equations.
The city police department must continue to do its part, but any success in curtailing violent crime will be dependent on containing guns, drugs and poverty.
If they are not contained, most police efforts will be in vain.
Joe Spinnichio, Columbia
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