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Easy to destroy, hard to rebuild

Watching the riots unfold reminded me of the 1991 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles and the lesson they imparted ("Special session in Annapolis to address Freddie Gray issues seems unlikely," May 5).

It started the same way, with looting and arson. The police were held back because they didn't have enough backup.

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Then the looters made their mistake. They headed to Beverly Hills. All of a sudden, National Guard and a beefed up police presence. Riot over.

The lesson came afterward. Businesses that had been looted and burned moved out. Despite being offered virtually interest-free loans to return to the city, there were few takers.

It's fun to get free stuff. Its not so fun to have to catch a bus to get groceries or medicine.

Even if merchants in Baltimore were offered similar enticements, what business owner is going to risk the same thing happening again?

Daniel Sauter, Mt. Airy

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