Diminished public trust in government has been going on far longer than the recent corruption scandals in the police and fire departments. Anyone just becoming more distrustful of government because of these problems alone has probably been in a deep political coma for the last two decades in Baltimore City. We've lived through seven years of a mayor who spent his time running for governor while the city streets' potholes lived on, and police commissioners who were being removed or let go, some under questionable circumstances. We've lived through a city school's CEO whose chauffeur was making more than $100,000 a year in public money. We've lived through a mayor who had to step down in disgrace. Right now, in addition to the scandals in the police and fire departments, we have a mayor who will not debate her challengers in the Democratic primary--and this is just the tip of the iceberg. What steps to take to ensure that the public is receiving the honest services of all city employees and elected officials? Well, the steps to fix this, like all the steps required to fix the economic mess of the city, would be harsh--mass resignations, for one, might be appropriate, not just saying "I'm sorry. We'll make a commission to study the problem." Of course, the voters of Baltimore City are not scot free on this one. For over 45 years Baltimore City has been driven into the ground by an incestuous relationship between the Democratic Party and whatever crony capitalist friends they had. Based on their record, the answer is not to turn to the Republicans--they, too, had their chance for the last 45 years. Baltimore voters need to demand transparency from their elected officials and those the officials appoint, and Baltimore voters need to understand that any publicly funded gravy train they might benefit from is only going to keep them mired in the mess we have.