Regarding your recent article about Baltimore's drug problem, anyone whom has visited a city courthouse, taken a police ride-along or grown up in one of the city's poorer black communities knows there is a war going on here ("Anti-drug-war cop wants Baltimore police commissioner opening," July 26).
That war is being fought for unclear reasons with horrific results. The official name for it is the "war on drugs," but a more apt name would be the war on reason. Prohibition has failed, and the effects it is having on Baltimore are far worse than those of the city's high property tax rate.
I would ask Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blaketo seriously consider Stanford "Neill" Franklin as the next Baltimore City police commissioner. If the mayor really wants to improve this city, she must help end the fruitless drug policies that are destroying it, and Mr. Franklin is the man who can help take us along that path.
Junius Brutus, Baltimore