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Anirban Basu

Sage advice for saving Baltimore? Hardly

Sage advice for saving Baltimore? Hardly

Is it possible that commentators Anirban Basu and Elizabeth Martin were writing satire in their recent op-ed ("Baltimore will get better, but only if we make it so," June 14)? None of their ideas offer anything new or constructive for bringing justice and equality to our beleaguered city. Lower taxes? A new arena? A smaller City Council? How daring! Perhaps they were offering a parody of the suggestions by political and corporate leaders, such as a few more summer jobs and better crime data collection. Most telling, though, is their ultimate suggestion: "Say no to aggressive panhandling." The two notable historical references for the phrase "City on a...