City Councilman Young Dares to Tell the Truth

We’re losing the war on drugs,” said Young, D-District 12. “When teenagers are getting gunned down on the street because of the drug business, then we have to rethink our approach.

(hat tip to commenter matt.)

Not since Kurt Schmoke has the city seen such honesty from it's politicians. Of course, the city is handcuffed by federal, and though most do not acknowledge it, international law through the UN and other trade agreements. There is no way the city could truly legalize drugs, however it is voices such as Young's and Schmoke's before him which will dissuade this country from our folly.

But can't we even discuss it like adults? Apparently not.

“Mayor Sheila Dixon is opposed to the decriminalization of drugs,” spokesman Anthony McCarthy said.

City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also disagreed.

“She understands that the drug trade is 99 percent of the root cause of violence,” said Shaun Adamec, her spokesman. “But it’s an idea that needs to be addressed on a national level.”

Yeah, lets discuss the next crime plan that won't work at all. Mr Young, have you considered a Mayoral run?


Citywide Candidates, Where do you Stand on Decriminalization?

Sheila Dixon and Keiffer Mitchell have no comment. Taking a stand against the war on drugs is nothing new for Baltimore pols. Former Mayor and current Dean of Howard University, Kurt Schmoke had the courage to tell the truth and call a bad idea a bad idea, despite the political ramifications (which as I recall, were two successful terms as Mayor).

Update: This is bit old now, but Gregory Kane had a great editorial on Dixon's crime plan, and how it was absent even a mention of treating drug addiction or decriminalizing drugs and treating them as a public health crisis. Why?

Decriminalizing drugs and treating addiction as a health problem were notably absent from Dixon's list of proposals. I can't blame her. Suggesting bold, risky and innovative proposals is no way to get elected mayor.

Will any viable Democrat dare utter the "D" word? I share in Kane's doubts, but I value his normally conservative voice advocating a radical change in perspective.

2007 Baltimore City Democratic Primary Roundup 6/5/07

Round 'em up.

Classic Earl Weaver

Sums up my feelings being an Oriole's fan recently. Warning, extremely graphic language contained in the following clips.

Earl Weaver on Manager's Corner

Perhaps the Orioles are now in Baltimore for one specific reason...

Hat tip to The Hedgehog Report (the best source for Republican Commentary in Maryland)