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With Columbus statue, Hogan chooses to act like Trump, the mayor like Elijah Cummings | READER COMMENTARY

Protesters pulled down the Christopher Columbus statue near Little Italy and pushed it into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on July 4, 2020. Video by Spencer Compton

Gov. Larry Hogan’s veiled criticism of Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, issuing a statement that included the sentence, “Baltimore City leaders need to regain control of their own streets and immediately start making them safer,” is straight out of Donald J. Trump’s playbook of blame (”Removal of Baltimore’s Christopher Columbus statue stirs emotions, from horror to glee,” July 5). The article in The Baltimore Sun about the toppling of the Christopher Columbus statue quoted Lester Davis, a spokesman for Mayor Young: “The governor has made a practice out of engaging in hot rhetoric that we largely ignore because it’s not productive and not helpful.” He described Governor Hogan as pandering to his political base. “We let him get it out of his system and we just focus on doing what’s best for the people of Baltimore,” Mr. Davis added.

Mayor Young’s non-response is straight out of the late Elijah Cummings’s playbook — the way congressman just ignored President Trump’s denigration of Baltimore as a rat-infested city that no one would want to live in. I wish Elijah was still here to remind us that we’re better than that! Wouldn’t it be nice to see a statue of him sitting on the empty plinth in Mount Vernon Place where the city removed the statue of Roger B. Taney?

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Linda Snyder, Glen Arm

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