Nobody asked me, but it was nice to see the Ceasefire anti-crime program credited the other day with the arrests of two middle-aged and allegedly midlevel drug dealers who, police say, just didn't get the message about getting out of the game. Earlier this year, it looked like Ceasefire was going nowhere, potentially a waste of the $415,000 that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration committed to bringing it here. Ceasefire might yet provide a full return on the taxpayer investment. But note to the future mayor: Eight years ago, the Baltimore Police Department, the Baltimore state's attorney's office and the U.S. attorney's office had a similar project underway, and it was effective in reducing shootings and murders in the city. The only additional cost to taxpayers was the salary of an ex-offender who served as a mentor to others who participated in the program, and that money came from a federal grant.