I have begun to wonder how long, if ever, it will take African-Americans, the poor and, yes, The Baltimore Sun to realize that Baltimore City has been under Democratic rule for almost 50 years and, look where it has gotten them ("The road through Baltimore," May 5). There has been very little, if any, improvement in their situation and in a lot of cases people's lives have deteriorated drastically! The Democrats do nothing other than tout their love and concern for minorities, but talk is cheap and ineffective. I have a rather novel idea for the minorities in Baltimore City. How about throwing out all the Democratic bums currently in office and vote Republican in the next election? It just might make a difference.