Mayor Dixon's farewell

February 06, 2010

After Sheila Dixon's resignation as mayor on Thursday, readers debated her legacy, her crimes and the city's reaction to her downfall. Read more and join the conversation at

The real problem is that Mayor Dixon believes in her heart that she hasn't done anything wrong. This is the denial and arrogance the prosecutor was talking about. She got caught with her hand in the cookie jar, plain and simple. If she apologized, the people of Baltimore would likely forgive her and re-elect her at some point in the future.

Aside from this, the really sad part of this whole mess is the love-fest that accompanied Mayor Dixon on her way out the door. She was convicted of a crime implicating her integrity and was booted from office!

How many employees would be given gifts and fawned over under similar circumstances? Crazy. And we wonder why people think Baltimore is a corrupt cesspool.Jrs21

Doesn't matter if she hasn't asked for forgiveness; her accomplishments remain solid and separate from her delusions about her downfall. To admit she has erred is to admit she has a dark side, and this is not easy for someone who may be plotting to claw her way back up the ladder of politics in the not too distant future.

Remember, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and in her case, a woman also betrayed. In her mind Ron Lipscomb will always be the nemesis who caused her sun to set over Baltimore. She may have ignited the fire that consumed her mayoral career, but Mr. Lipscomb certainly added kerosene to those flames by turning witness for the prosecution.Watcher

The real tragedy of the Sheila Dixon story is that she allowed so many real accomplishments achieved throughout her very productive career to be sullied by such small and greedy acts of selfishness. Certainly her story doesn't end with her resignation as mayor, and she'll no doubt do other good acts in the years to come, but she will rightfully always be remembered as the mayor who stole gift cards from the poor.

And for that she really did need to apologize. Sean Tully

Like most Baltimore mayors, her accomplishments are minor, at best. Martin O'Malley was no winner either. At least Kurt Schmoke had the courage to openly discuss drug legalization. Sheila is beloved by so many in this city because she is so like the voters - angry, self-righteous and absolutely drunk with a sense of entitlement. Its all about identity politics. She'll be mayor again - just you wait.Rick

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