Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby says "underlying factors such as the poverty rate and joblessness are to blame" for the increased violence in the city. She adds "we have not addressed these systemic issues" ("Marilyn Mosby seeks to address crime, larger issues," Jan. 5).

Unfortunately, the blame should be directed at the "system" that allows impoverished and uneducated individuals to receive all the perks from the system.

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When uneducated parents who were themselves raised by uneducated parents allow their kids to grow up uneducated, job opportunities wane and poverty rates increase. Because of the availability of many social programs, certain families would rather reap the rewards offered by the "system" than to pursue an education that would create more job opportunities.

Let's start eliminating the hand-holding system and mandate that people learn from previous behavior within their families and show ambition to better their lives on their own.

Mark Popoli, Parkville

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