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Dorsey right about inequity, wrong to attack Plank

Baltimore City Councilman Ryan Dorsey is under fire for saying Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank's development plans amount to "white supremacy." (Baltimore Sun video)

It doesn't take a lifetime of residence in Baltimore to recognize the inequities that drive our politics and economic life. Nor has Councilman Ryan Dorsey done much to correct them by attacking Kevin Plank and "newcomers" generally ("Baltimore City Councilman under fire for attacks on Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank," Feb. 3).

In his official capacity, Councilman Dorsey benefits from having his voice heard above others, and he has a right to address injustice as he sees it. However, the power of elected office also comes with the responsibility to use it judiciously.

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Mr. Dorsey is not being judicious when he singles out private citizens for scorn. Nor does he seem interested in using the power of his office to change the local tax code — from enterprise zones to the Homestead Tax Credit — in ways that address the city's imbalances. So far, he's just drawing battle lines.

To do his job well, the councilman should instead build consensus and move legislation that lifts the fortunes of all Baltimoreans, current and future.

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Brian Gaither, Baltimore

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