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Baltimore awash in drugs and crime [Letter]

I'm no fan of Gov. Martin O'Malley, and it really bothered me how much he spent on school superintendents and police chiefs during his tenure as mayor. I vividly remember watching the swearing in of the police commissioner who identified seven areas of drug dealers within the city and his plans to take them down one at a time.

There was the guy from New York who was going to be the answer to all that ailed Baltimore. I believe shortly after his resignation he was indicted. Then there was the one he fired for personal reasons and Baltimore ended up paying for the lawsuit that he won. I won't even mention the school superintendent who had a chauffeur who cost the taxpayers $100,000 a year.

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Back in Mr. O'Malley's days, the public had not yet gotten concerned with Congressional spending habits and candidates for public office ran on law and order platforms that resulted in much-needed funds to help pay for adequate protection for the city. It wasn't necessary to take away good pensions for police officers. Candidates for police department jobs look for the best compensation packages and Baltimore is not high on the list. It's no wonder there's a rash of bad behavior. You get what you pay for. When police compensation is allowed to bottom out, it is very easy to see why officers may develop sticky hands with the only people making money in the city — the drug dealers!

Now, there are a reported 11,000 heroin addicts and 20,000 drug addicts ("City task force to study heroin," Oct. 15). Last year, the city had a reported 622,104 residents making the drug addicts 6.2 percent of the population. This doesn't even mention the number of alcoholics in the city which can be guessed at by the three package goods stores and bars per city block. Baring the true numbers helps one to understand why an 11 percent unemployment rate is actually pretty good. Who wants to hire a druggie?

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Baltimore has gone to great lengths to market itself as a tourist destination spot. I left the city 30 years ago because I didn't feel safe. Who wants to visit Baltimore to be pan handled by a druggie or mugged or worse yet, catch a stray bullet in a drive by shooting? It seems the pie-in-the-sky editors of this paper don't even read their own news.

Steven Davidson, New Windsor

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