Blaming President Donald Trump or the U.S. Department of Justice for impeding Baltimore's efforts to rebuild after Freddie Gray's death is ridiculous ("Freddie Gray and Donald Trump," April 15) President Trump has been in office for only four months and now is being accused of contributing to Baltimore's long history of failures. Clearly, Baltimore has had a long history of Democratic failures for over 50 years.
Baltimore leadership has been worse than incompetent. They were elected to bring about positive change and 50 years of their rhetoric has never resolved any issues. Why single out the police department and make them the whipping boy? It just casts another dark shadow on the city's leadership. The truth is that most of city government is corrupt, dysfunctional and never held accountable. Why? Because of Democratic ineptness.
The citizens of the city recognize the city's repeated failures and are bailing out by the thousands. Baltimore has been soft on crime since the 1980s and is still one of the most violent cities in the country. The schools are run by the teachers' union and they are a disaster that no one has the power to challenge. And what did President Barack Obama do for the city during his eight years in the White House? Nothing. But did anyone dare blame him for impeding Baltimore's efforts to rebuild? No.
Any blame lies squarely on Democratic leadership — at least until they recognize that they are the problem. Don't try to pass the buck and blame anyone else.
Mart Magi, Bel Air