On Thursday, the City Council fulfilled our low expectations by selecting a well-connected convicted criminal over better qualified and law-abiding candidates for the vacant council seat in the 9th District ("Despite criminal record, council picks Welch for seat," Jan. 6). This is the same City Council that turned a blind eye to the illegal activities of Sheila Dixon and Helen Holton and appointed another person of questionable integrity, Carl Stokes, to the council seat vacated by Jack Young (who has his own well-documented ethical issues). Isn't it time we had a City Council that placed the needs of the people of Baltimore before personal relationships? This election year, let's make it happen.
Patrick Sheridan, Baltimore