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Focus on reviving businesses

While the discussions about the riots have centered on the conditions in the area that brought on the riots and the response by the police to their actions, one party has been overlooked. Over 300 businesses were destroyed in the riots bringing economic disaster to the owners ("It's time to devise a new plan for Baltimore post Freddie Gray," May 17).

Unfortunately, the riots in Baltimore, including the fire bombing and looting, are reminiscent of those that occurred in major U S. cities after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The result of the earlier riots was not justice but destruction of property with the neighborhoods involved being unable to recover economically and with many store owners refusing to return.

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Peaceful demonstrators send a clear message. Mob actions encompassing destruction and physical violence are self-defeating and only destroy the possibility of future reconciliation and correction.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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