I am somewhat amazed that everyone is patting themselves on the back about a relatively quiet Fourth of July (Power Rankings, July 11). If the only way to keep the peace is to turn the Inner Harbor and selected city streets and blocks into a police state, then we are in trouble. By that criteria, we should fence off the entire west side and most neighborhoods on the east side as well!
This is not a long-term answer. We are in the midst of a very violent wave, and what does the Baltimore police department do? They promote 15 people. How much will this cost the taxpayers? Anthony Guglielmi, the department's spokesperson, was banished for saying it was a spike and not to be bothered about it. Mayor Rawlings-Blake, who was elected by one of smallest vote totals in recent memory and was given two extra years in office, simply points the finger elsewhere. This is why we will always be a "B-list" city.