The same accusations Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake directed against fired Police Commissioner Anthony Batts could be applied to the mayor herself: She talked a good game about building the community's trust but ultimately couldn't earn it ("Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake fires Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts," July 10).

A recent post on Boston Streetsblog asked: "Who is the worst mayor in America?" Ms. Rawlings-Blake won hands down. The selection criteria included "the mayor who has done the least to improve livability, retain residents and improve the quality of life of city residents."

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"For our money," the bloggers wrote, "Baltimore's Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the score to beat. Since assuming office in the wake of Sheila Dixon's indictment in 2009, Rawlings-Blake's reign has been characterized by a lack of vision, bungled projects and ineptitude. She has presided over sweeping cuts to parks and after school activities, tax breaks for a big box superblock development, and straight-up cronyism."

They also mentioned that Ms. Rawlings-Blake chose her top campaign contributor to run the ill-fated Baltimore Grand Prix debacle.

The city's top officials representing the people of Baltimore sit on their hands asking for help to end the city's downward spiral. Meanwhile they decry the lack of federal funds, Gov. Larry Hogan, the leadership of Mr. Batts, the Confederate flag and on and on ad nauseam.

In the words of Abraham Lincoln, you cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

Pat Wall, Manchester

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