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Now It's Your Turn: Has Dixon hurt Baltimore's image?

John Wagner

In a story Monday morning, The Sun said that while Mayor Sheila Dixon (D) has been convicted, the jury on the city's national reputation is still out. What do you think?

Will Dixon's misuse of gift cards intended for the poor do long-term damage to the city's image? Tell us what you think by posting a comment below.

Last week, we asked you what you thought of Glenn Ivey's decision to consider challenging fellow Democrat Donna Edwards for her congressional seat.

We heard from people on all sides of the issue on our Web site and Facebook page. And then there were those like dexter1, who played it down the middle with this comment:

"Donna Edwards has done an impressive job in the 2 years she has served in Congress, but Democrats will benefit by having a choice, and no one should ever have a lock on elective office. It appears that Glenn Ivey, if he chooses to run, will be a formidable candidate. We should carefully consider anyone who wishes to run. P.S., I am a woman from the Montgomery County area of the congressional district."

By John Wagner  |  December 7, 2009; 10:27 AM ET
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the new mayor will be showered with gifts by anyone seeking favors, just like Dixon and any other mayor previous. Dixon has done more to turn this city around than any in our lifetimes, and now we'll drop her over some gift she received. The next mayor will be showered with gifts too. But well he/she do everything for Baltimore that Dixon has? Maybe not. Baltimore will backslide after Dixon leaves office. But the gifts will keep flowing to elected officials just the same.

Posted by: lwatkins4 | December 7, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

She hasn't hurt Baltimore's image as much as confirmed its existing image as a dysfunctional, poorly-governed city in a historically corrupt state.

Posted by: member8 | December 7, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Iwatkins, what exactly has she done that's so great??? Crime has gone UP since O'Malley left office - but that's to be expected when the mayor herself is a criminal.

Her guaranteed pension when she leaves office is over $80,000 a year, and that's in addition to the $150k+ salary she currently makes. She didn't need the gift cards at all, but feels she's above the law and was entitled to anything and everything she wanted.

Posted by: john3141 | December 7, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Baltimore has pluses but I don't think anybody ever thought the government was clean.

Posted by: RedBird27 | December 8, 2009 6:10 AM | Report abuse

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