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Call in the Guard

The Sun's Justin Fenton reports that so far Baltimore has had 200 homicides in 2016, making this the fifth straight year city homicides have reached that level ("Baltimore reaches 200 homicides with man's fatal stabbing," Aug. 29).

He also points out that as of Aug. 20, homicides were down 11 percent compared to last year, while nonfatal shootings were up from 414 to 427.

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Mr. Fenton did not report any statistics about rapes, break-ins or robberies. If these numbers were added to the mix, I suspect the total number of crimes would be significantly larger.

Now here's the problem. Reporting the statistics is not going to prevent any of these crimes from happening. I wish Mr. Fenton would use some of his time to call Gov. Larry Hogan and ask him why he refuses to send the National Guard to Baltimore City for a three-week period so we could save lives.

Maybe Mr. Fenton's call to the governor might motivate Mr. Hogan to act.

Ralph Jaffe, Baltimore

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