Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

There are 14 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Feb 26, 2008, titled Letters to the Editor. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Governor controls most state spending There was a curious omission in Cecilia Januszkiewicz's column "Reckless spending" : Her column makes no mention of the fact that under Maryland 's unique executive budget ...

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Razor Zink

Battle Creek, MI

#1 Feb 26, 2008
Political DNA Capital is Long Gone

The other day as I was driving around for my job I scanned through the local radio channels and came across a station that had Maryland’s 8th District Delegate Todd Schuler on as a guest. Mr. Schuler was promoting legislation that would mandate DNA collection from anyone that was arrested (but not convicted) in Maryland. Mr. Schuler spoke to the audiences concerns that this was an abuse of power by the government. He assured them that this was for their own safety and that the material collected would be only used to help police catch the bad guys. Mr. Schuler made a strong argument and I almost found myself agreeing with his premise and then I stopped myself.

Had I heard this type of Annapolis shtick before? Yes… I remember when our legislators passed the seatbelt law? Did they not say at that time that the law would be enforced only when coupled with another traffic violation? If they were sincere then why is it that now days I can expect to see State Troopers peeking into my car and looking to see if I am fastened in as I ramp onto the highway?

The seatbelt issue is just one example. Consider the late night covert special tax and spend session, the sale of Maryland’s Black Water land at below market value, the Tom Bromwell conviction, the giveaway of The Calvert Cliffs plant , the bungling of the energy de-regulation plan, the red light camera speed traps and so on… It is time for our legislators to realize that they have lost our confidence as well as our trust. Until they correct the problems they brought down on us they have no political DNA capital to spend.

Political DNA Capital is Long Gone

The other day as I was driving around for my job I scanned through the local radio channels and came across a station that had Maryland’s 8th District Delegate Todd Schuler on as a guest. Mr. Schuler was promoting legislation that would mandate DNA collection from anyone that was arrested (but not convicted) in Maryland. Mr. Schuler spoke to the audiences concerns that this was an abuse of power by the government. He assured them that this was for their own safety and that the material collected would be only used to help police catch the bad guys. Mr. Schuler made a strong argument and I almost found myself agreeing with his premise and then I stopped myself.

Had I heard this type of Annapolis shtick before? Yes… I remember when our legislators passed the seatbelt law? Did they not say at that time that the law would be enforced only when coupled with another traffic violation? If they were sincere then why is it that now days I can expect to see State Troopers peeking into my car and looking to see if I am fastened in as I ramp onto the highway?

The seatbelt issue is just one example. Consider the late night covert special tax and spend session, the sale of Maryland’s Black Water land at below market value, the Tom Bromwell conviction, the giveaway of The Calvert Cliffs plant , the bungling of the energy de-regulation plan, the red light camera speed traps and so on… It is time for our legislators to realize that they have lost our confidence as well as our trust. Until they correct the problems they brought down on us they have no political DNA capital to spend.
Realist

Norfolk, VA

#2 Feb 26, 2008
Raymond S. Gill's pathetic outburst is proof that you just can't reach some people when they refuse to hear the truth. My advice to him is find out what the Democrat machine in Annapolis really means when they make up terms like "structural deficit," and stop being such a tool. The previous governor left O'Malley in fine shape financially considering what HE inherited from Glendening. O'Malley promptly started spending and quickly raided even the Rainy Day fund. But that's what you get when you elect a Democrat: tax and spend. Write it on your forehead Raymond so you don't forget it again.
MDR

Hanover, MD

#3 Feb 26, 2008
Mr. Raymond S. Gill blaming the Ehrlich Administration for the budget mess is laughable. One need look no further to Parris Glendenning's 2002 orgy of spending for the root of the problem. And then there's the issue of Alvin Thornton's unwanted and greedy hand in the taxpayers wallet.

Perhaps a refresher course in Maryland Legislative and Executive History wouldn't be a waste of time for Mr. Gill and others who suscribe his skewed an innacurate vision of Maryland's political history.
Dave

Hyattsville, MD

#4 Feb 26, 2008
Wait a minute, Mr. Gill. Your love affair with Gov. O'Mallely has clouded your memory. If you recall Gov. Glendenning came into office with a large surplus and left leaving Gov. Erhlich a large deficit. Right, or wrong? Than to compound the problem more, Messrs. Miller and Busch fought Gov. Erhlich on everything he tried to do to straighten out the mess left by Glendenning. Your great Gov. O'Malley solved the problem with an ingenious and new way .......... increase taxes on the middle class. You sir, need to take your head out of the sand and realize that Gov. O'Malley didn't use courage to solve a non-existing structual deficit, he took the typical Democrat way out. Tax and spend more.
Jackisback

Halethorpe, MD

#5 Feb 26, 2008
Raymond Gill is a member of the 33rd District Democratic Club. That letter is an obviousbit of political activism from an active partisan.
Philbert

Pasadena, MD

#6 Feb 26, 2008
Governor O'Malley is adding new spending to the budget like a drunken sailor who just came off a six month Cruise. To argue that Governor Ehrlich caused the problem is the same political BULLDOODO as usual. Fix the problem by cutting spending, not increasing programs.

Ctting non-criticalitems is what normal Maryland householders do around the kitchen table when they have a dollar shortfall!
Philbert

Pasadena, MD

#7 Feb 26, 2008
Governor O'Malley is adding new spending to the budget like a drunken sailor who just came off a six month Cruise. To argue that Governor Ehrlich caused the problem is the same political BULLDOODO as usual. Fix the problem by cutting spending, not increasing programs.

Cutting non-critical items is what normal Maryland householders do around the kitchen table, when they have a dollar shortfall!
what about us

Sterling, VA

#8 Feb 26, 2008
Mr. Fitzgerald, As the President of the Hereford Rec Council, can you explain why there is no regional park in northern Baltimore County? Land is available and we pay substantial taxes yet get little in return. We've been trying for years to get more rec space and are still waiting. As the Rec president for that area, I would think you'd advoicate more for us.
Rick

Cockeysville, MD

#9 Feb 26, 2008
Raymond Gill - please leave some of the kool-aid for the other MD voters. You've had too much!
A concerned senior

United States

#10 Feb 26, 2008
The following line was omitted from Raymond Gill's little letter - "the writer is a recent graduate from the local mental institution and is trying to re-write history. He is also stuggling to find the real world again"
Ironman Carmichael

North Hollywood, CA

#11 Feb 26, 2008
"[same-sex marriage] is a moral issue, and civilizations generally fail when their morals deteriorate. Our country and our state are headed in that direction."

I'm always alternately confused and amused when I read or hear how society's in a "moral decline." Moral decline from what, slavery?
MarkP

Pawling, NY

#12 Feb 27, 2008
Maryland had no "structural deficit" until Martin O'Malley started spending money that the state didn't have. He is pending the money to pay off political favors to get him elected.

Will O'Malley's budget increases to schools and colleges help lower the tuition in Maryland colleges? NO it will go to pay for the education of ILLEGAL aliens.
Has throwning money at the Baltimore City schools helped get children a better education? NO it has just gone to the salaries of the administration or to buy computers when students can't read, write or do basic arithmatic.
Liberals like O'Malley just raise taxes and throw money at problems in the hope that the problems will go away and if it doesn't work (as it usually doesn't) give them an excuse to raise taxes higher.
Those of you that voted for O'Malley and the usual suspects got what you deserved but the rest of us didn't deserve it.
Philbert

Pasadena, MD

#13 Feb 27, 2008
Take a look at today's Baltimore Sun article (27 Feb 2008) "Deep cuts in O'Malley's budget loom"
StarChamber

Bel Air, MD

#14 Feb 27, 2008
Are General Assembly Democrats really cutting State programs, or are the "deep cuts" to O'Malley's budget actually just cost shifting from the State to County Governments, who in turn will either raise local property tax rates to make up what the State shorted them on or cut local services. Services like Teachers, Police, and fireman salaries.
Watch the Annapolis sleight-of-hand "deep cuts" coming in the next 40 days to hit you at the couinty level.

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