Instead of asking for a higher bottle tax to pay for school repairs, maybe Baltimore MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blakeshould first ask Gov.Martin O'Malleywhat happened to the millions of dollars he couldn't account for when he was mayor.

If she wants to sell the city's historic properties to help fund the budget, she should be asking the governor why he didn't make needed repairs while mayor. She might ask for state aid but since the General Assembly recently passed a "doomsday budget," there probably isn't any money.

What is amazing in all this, however, is that the mayor still wants to promote the Baltimore Grand Prix. What a shame voters in Baltimore actually think she is competent. I guess they are happy with tax increases and incompetence. Incompetence would probably apply to Governor O'Malley as well. I guess you could call them two rotten peas in a pod.

J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown