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O'Malley leaves jail fiasco to others

Executive BranchMartin O'Malley

One of the most poignant expressions is the one that states that you can glean the true measure of a man or woman by how they interact with someone who can do nothing, or give nothing, to that person in return.

Enter Dan Rodricks who was spot-on in his assessment of Gov. Martin O'Malley ("Corrections never an O'Malley priority," May 2). Mr. Rodricks wrote that the governor has turned his back on the reforms to the corrections system because it will garner him zero votes were he to seek higher office. Those who are incarcerated are nameless, faceless people to the governor. They cannot do anything to help him aspire to higher office. Bingo, Mr. Rodricks.

Governor O'Malley has turned the whole stinky mess to corrections secretary Gary D. Maynard. The governor basically said to Secretary Maynard, "Here, take this cesspool of a wretched mess at the Baltimore Detention Center and fix it. I have bigger fish to fry."

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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