"Our youth need, no they deserve, much, much more than superficial rhetoric and tepid commitments. They need to believe that they are as important to the city as are the sports stadiums and gambling casinos. They need to feel valued and treated as if they have unlimited potential by highly functioning and nurturing families; safe, effective and excellent schools; benign, caring, and generous corporate partners and a police department that has not locked arms against them, or that views their development and growth with hostility. So, unless critical, long-term corrective measures are developed and implemented … then not only will their lives and future remain in jeopardy, but the quality of life for every citizen living in metropolitan Baltimore will be adversely affected. Enough is enough!"