Flat foolish editorial on revenue fundsRegarding your...


November 22, 1998

Flat foolish editorial on revenue funds

Regarding your editorial "Annapolis' flat-earth council" (Nov. 13) I appreciate that you got two things right.

First, you spelled my name right, and I am very grateful. Second, I have to agree wholeheartedly with your point that Baltimore has a revenue authority.

In all my "illogical" rhetoric on the subject as president of the Ward One Residents Association, I consistently used the stadium revenue authority aptly described last year by a Democratic state senator from Montgomery County as "this huge vacuum cleaner, sucking up all public funds in sight, beyond even the huge amounts provided last year" as the paramount example of just the kind of "forward-thinking" what we in Annapolis were afraid of.

TTC I was a teen-ager in Baltimore in the 1960s, and I knew some of The Sun editorial greats in those days, mostly by the privilege of dating a couple of their daughters, whose identities I'd better protect lest they be tainted with flat-earth associations by their local newspaper.

Regarding the rest of your editorial, the best I can say is that it's a shame the '60s management is gone and lucky for us that you still have some good reporters.

Gilbert T. Renaut


The writer is past president of the Ward One Residents


Del. Leopold bucked Election Day trend

Call the last election anti-incumbent, anti-Republican, anti-conservative. But if the right man is running and he has the respect of his constituents, he will carry the day.

Del. John R. Leopold not only is a Republican and an incumbent, but he carried the 31st District in Anne Arundel by a greater number of votes than was garnered by the two Democratic victors.

A good man may be hard to find but we have one here in the 31st and we expect to hear much more about him in the future.

Malcolm E. Holt

Glen Burnie

Voting with his feet

The elections are behind us, but I have withheld my final vote. Recently retired, I have had enough of Maryland's high income tax, state and county property taxes, not to mention transfer tax, documentary stamps, tax on gasoline, sales tax and a myriad of everyday hidden taxes.

Along with this is the continuing crime problem and traffic congestion wherever you travel.

I have decided to cast my ultimate vote and move out of the Maryland to a "tax friendlier" state.

I'm sure my decision will not alarm any of the elected officials because some unknowing soul will probably be transferred to Maryland to replace the lost tax dollars.

This individual will be greeted with open arms because he/she will pay one of the highest closing costs of any state.

On top of that, they will receive the privilege of paying tax (again) to register their automobile. What a bargain.

Barring new residents, the state and county bureaucracies will just increase taxes again for what they say are "services demanded by constituents" or to increase their "rainy day funds."

I'm sure most taxpayers would love a rainy day fund of their own, or an excess of income they can't decide how to spend.

Many are quick to point out the recent headline about a 10 percent state tax decrease. In my book, 10 percent of a 5 percent tax is .005, only a half of 1 percent.

My retirement check didn't even know the difference. Adios, Maryland.

Gary P. Riffee


Pub Date: 11/22/98

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