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Is Sheila Dixon really the only alternative to Rawlings-Blake?

Former mayor Sheila Dixon's push to regain her old office has left me discouraged ("Sheila Dixon: Failed leadership caused Baltimore's woes," July 12).

Will she really be the only alternative to Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake? Are we really ready to elect a convicted embezzler who managed to fix things so that even though she resigned in disgrace she kept her $83,000 annual pension?

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The same person who made cushy contracting deals for an old boyfriend? Do we really want her to be the only alternative to Ms. Rawlings-Blake's bumbling administration?

Baltimore needs a new perspective, not the same old political cronyism. I am tired of the crime, the grime, the people asking for handouts at intersections. I am tired of a mayor who is unable to work effectively with state government to get the resources our city so desperately needs.

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Our most vulnerable citizens are unable to get adequate education for their children or a way to travel efficiently to jobs. The streets aren't safe and whole neighborhoods are blighted.

The most apt description of the situation was given by Nathaniel Bland, who was quoted in The Sun report "Suddenly Sheila Dixon is everywhere" (July 11) as saying a race between Ms. Dixon and Ms. Rawlings-Blake would be "like Coke and Pepsi. You have a choice."

Like the beverages, the candidates are almost the same and neither one is a healthy alternative.

Katy L. Benjamin, Baltimore

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