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The Glover Report: Surprised No One Has Called for Impeachment of Rawlings-Blake

Doni Glover, Publisher

What happens to a dream deferred?


      Does it dry up
      like a raisin in the sun?
      Or fester like a sore—
      And then run?
      Does it stink like rotten meat?
      Or crust and sugar over—
      like a syrupy sweet?- Langston Hughes


By Doni Glover, Publisher

(BALTIMORE – November 18, 2015) - I’m terribly surprised that no one has called for the impeachment of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. I think it is safe to say that she has not done the best job.

Truth be told, Baltimoreans don’t want to hear about the off-the-chart murders in other cities. We don’t want to hear about what Gov. Larry Hogan has not done. We don’t want to hear that we have the best schools or the best policing strategy.

The civil unrest following the burial of Freddie Gray has literally said it all: The situation in Baltimore is beyond the grasp of this current mayor. Further, if we don’t do something immediately, the entire city could blow. Instead of the hiccup of a riot that happened this spring, the next time could reach the proportions experienced back in 1968 following the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

None of us want to see that. Nope! The citizens of Baltimore want to know that everything is going to be alright. We already have a time bomb ticking in the sense that we have 6 trials of Baltimore City Police officers charged with the untimely death of Freddie Gray. That alone is magnanimous.

Leadership! This is what is needed: a mayor who can quell the fears and concerns of citizens while at the same time being pro-active in serving … the people.

So, when we, the citizens, see that, for instance, Gilmor Elementary School has been operating this school year without a librarian or a library – it draws major concerns. After all, this is the largest public school nearest the Freddie Gray Protests. One would think that this would be the very first educational priority. A playground is nice, however, the primary purpose of going to school is to learn. Sure, we do indeed appreciate playtime facilities. Let’s be fair. At the same time, it begs the question of where our priorities are as a city.

Gilmor Homes is also a point of concern – along with the public housing facilities in Westport and McCulloh Homes – for another reason. Residents of Gilmor Homes, for those who missed it, have sparked a federal investigation as there are serious allegations of sexual harassment in this West Baltimore community. This is simply unconscionable, especially given Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s adamant support of Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano. For the record, Sheila Dixon was the first 2016 Baltimore mayoral candidate to call for Graziano’s removal. Further, she praised the whistle-blower (Lucky Crosby) who boldly risked everything to tell the truth. Interestingly, Crosby was immediately fired and then rehired with a gag order.

Sheila was also the first mayoral candidate to demonstrate a willingness to go into a crowd of people and talk some common sense in the middle of a riot.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but clearly, the current mayor is not cutting the mustard. Between vying for some top position in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and her finger-pointing at the governor, all we know is that murder is running rampant, the distrust between cops and citizens is at an all-time high, and our educational priorities for all of our students (including those attending charter schools) could not be more ignored.

Maybe I’m missing something, but it sure seems like the end of this mayor’s tenure cannot come soon enough.

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