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Baltimore's jobs prescription

If Baltimore was a patient instead of a city, his doctor would advise him to lay off the drugs and alcohol, stay in school and away from criminal behavior. But at the end of the check-up, there would be one word written on the prescription pad: Jobs.

This city needs economic opportunity, it needs to put the unemployed to work, it needs good-paying jobs that can support families and allow distressed neighborhoods to rebuild. Whichever side one takes in the strained relationship between city residents and police, it's clear that the underlying economic maladies that predated the arrest of Freddie Gray had as much to...