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Blame the Democrats for Baltimore's struggles

While watching all the hand wringing and finger-pointing going on from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and congressman Elijah Cummings, as well as members of the City Council and others in positions of authority in Baltimore, I want to point out that one thing has been a constant as they decry the lack of opportunities and excessive incarcerations of African-Americans in the city.

And that one thing is complete and utter domination of all politics by the Democratic Party. You can go all the way back to the 1960s with Nancy Pelosi's father, Tommy D'Alesandro Jr. Every mayor of Baltimore since then has been a Democrat. The Democratic Party has controlled city politics for at least the last 50 years.

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So when I hear the current-day Democrats in public office whine about disadvantaged youths and lack of opportunity in Baltimore City, I hope the people of Baltimore take a hard look at who has been in control of everything for the last 50 years. Maybe they should stop blaming Republicans for all of their problems and try electing some instead! I'm just saying...

Mark Wilson, Fallston

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