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Pugh wastes taxpayer funds again and again

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa addressed the students, who later participated in a 17 minute “lie-in” to honor the Florida victims. Pugh said the city plans to spend an estimated $100,000 to send students on a fleet of free buses to the national march in Washington planned for later this month.

Isn’t it great to see the lack of leadership in City Hall? First, Mayor Catherine Pugh hires 20 new people at a taxpayer cost of $1.6 million (“Baltimore Mayor Pugh adds 20 positions as mayor’s office continues to expand,” Feb. 28) then encourages city students (those with a passing grade of 11-to-18 percent on PARCC tests) to skip class.

Mayor Pugh not only encourages kids to skip class, she is using taxpayer funds, again, to bus the kids, buy T-shirts and lunch (“Baltimore student protests and the $100,000 field trip,” March 7). Where are the checks and balances? The deterioration will only continue the downward slide until meaningful leadership is put in place.

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R. Buterbaugh, Baltimore

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