I have been a registered voter in Baltimore City for 25 years and have dutifully exercised my franchise. As the election season rolls around, I await the delivery of my sample ballot to review the available selections for elected officials, legislative changes, and other initiatives. I carefully consider the bond initiatives put before the voters that when endorsed by the citizenry grant authority to the mayor and City Council to borrow money on our behalf. I read the promise of improvements to the city's infrastructure, public services, and cultural amenities.
Never before this year have I questioned that these would be good investments. I hesitated as I considered that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Comptroller Joan Pratt would be provided an opportunity to go to battle over $100 million, battling not to assure the best for the good people of Baltimore, but for other ill-defined reasons ("You can fight City Hall; City Hall does," Oct. 21). I implore the mayor and comptroller to find quickly a way to resolve their differences and begin working in collaboration for the betterment of Baltimore.