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Helping people clean their alleys should not be viewed with so much suspicion

Helping people clean their alleys should not be viewed with so much suspicion
Volunteers fill a flatbed trailer with trash collected from alleys near Fulton Ave Monday morning. They were inspired to come out and help by Scott Presler, a Republican activist who organized the cleanup via Twitter. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

I guess I understand your pessimism regarding Scott Presler’s act of kindness. Maybe that’s what you’re used to from political figureheads who make promises and then don’t deliver, but come on, he and those who came did a good deed and deserve better coverage than this (“We assume it was pure motives that led a Trump supporter to launch a cleanup in Cummings’ district, right?” Aug. 6).

You make it sound like what the did was condescending to those who live there. I’m guessing people living in that neighborhood feel overwhelmed by the mounds of trash that have been illegally dumped there and knowing that the city does not care enough to come pick it up.

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Can the editorial board go and actually talk to residents and ask them if they think Mr. Presler only helped people who spoke kindly of President Donald Trump and poorly of Rep. Elijah Cummings? I am just an American from the middle of the country who loves it when regular Americans help their neighbors.

Lori Smith, Collinsville, Okla.

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