Having just had my 20-year school reunion, I have been in a reflective mood. I realized that my self-esteem was almost lost when I put myself out for the girl who saw me as a free dinner, a TV to watch shows that made me dumber, and a ride to wherever she wanted to go. My city is coming dangerously close to going "in the red" and losing its self-esteem, too. My wife and I were walking in the neighborhood during the race, but the fences made it impossible for us to watch the race from their own streets. Our leaders have given the prom queen free access to Baltimore, our resources and our cops, and instead of a thank-you, we have to pay to watch the inconvenience. That is the final straw. We have now reached the point where the prom queen is asking us to give her and her date a ride to make-out point.