Lashar: The foremost problems in cities like Baltimore are too much violent crime and too little economic opportunity. For crime, the priority for Baltimore, even if it is not clear how the federal government can help, is for law enforcement and the community to restore their trust in one another. After the panicked indictments by State’s Attorney Mosby and the flawed DOJ report from the Obama Administration in response to the Freddie Gray incident and riots, the onus for restoring trust is on the community. But the police need to do their part, too, accepting reforms that might reasonably be expected to increase transparency, accountability, and internal discipline. If federal assistance can help, it should be extended. The federal government might also be able to help with assistance to improve the success with which prisoners re-enter the community after serving their terms. The problem today is that too many recently released prisoners fall into recidivism. Thus, while incarcerated, they need to receive education, develop skills, and obtain treatment for addictions and other behavioral-health problems. Most important, the federal government should revise aid and programs so that they more effectively address the worst of the problems afflicting cities like Baltimore, which is inter-generational poverty. This complex problem is a suffocating force that can be broken only over time with programs that respect individual dignity, encourage family (including church), strengthen education, provide work incentives, and promote private enterprise (for job creation). That’s the strategy for reducing violence, expanding opportunity, and restoring hope.