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Where are Baltimore's leaders?

Watching the train wreck of the press conferences Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has held in response to the rioting, looting and arson in our city has been downright sad ("Critics question delay in calling out the Guard," April 28).

In the first press conference the mayor held Monday night she looked confused and could hardly form a sentence. On Tuesday evening she couldn't even remember the names of her closest backers and supporters.

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Let's go down the line and list the things the citizens of Baltimore will remember during next year's elections.

We will remember the mayor waiting far too long to call in extra police officers and the National Guard while our city burned.

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We will remember the botched handling of the protesters turned violent at Camden Yards after she virtually ordered police to stand down.

We will remember City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young standing in solidarity with gang members and praising them for protecting businesses during Monday night's looting.

We will remember the recreational centers closed around the city and the over-development of downtown while other neighborhoods got nothing.

We will remember the mayor dragging her feet on police body cameras after Ferguson and her inability to get reform moving in the BCPD.

We will remember the Horseshoe Casino being a flop and our having to wait even longer for property tax relief.

We will remember the school system being somehow $60 million in debt with zero consequences for school system administrators.

We will remember our crumbling roads and infrastructure.

It is truly a shame we do not have the power of recall in Maryland. Otherwise Ms. Rawlings-Blake and Mr. Young would be gone well before Election Day next year.

George Martsoukos

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