A liberal governor drunk on the habit of taxing...


January 22, 2002

A liberal governor drunk on the habit of taxing, spending

Just amazing, I say: Our wonderful governor, Parris N. Glendening, cannot find it in his liberal mind and heart to give Maryland taxpayers a scheduled 2 percent tax reduction because he says that Maryland cannot afford it ("Governor seeks tax cut delay," Jan. 16).

Spare me, please: Where has all the money gone that taxpayers have been forking over up to their ears?

Revenue comes into the state treasury through such avenues as the state income taxes, sales taxes, real estate taxes and a myriad of other tax schemes. And Maryland receives revenue from, among other things, the Harbor Tunnel, the Fort McHenry Tunnel, the Key and Bay bridges, the race tracks, the Inner Harbor, the Ravens' and Orioles' stadiums and all of the different lotteries.

The state will also get the "shakedown" money from the tobacco industry.

Yet all of this money coming into the state just does not seem to be enough for the Glendening administration, which seems to be drunk with the spending habit and spurred on by its insatiable, liberal desire for more taxation.

Maryland should not be called the "Free State." It should be called the "Tax and Spend State."

John A. Malagrin


Governor's last budget fails state's public schools

According to The Sun's Jan. 16 item on budget highlights, Gov. Parris N. Glendening is providing no money in his budget for Maryland to implement the Thornton Commission's recommendations for our public schools, but is asking for another $5 million from state taxpayers for textbook aid to private and religious schools ("Governor seeks tax cut delay," Jan. 16).

I wish I had known where Mr. Glendening's education priorities were before I voted to re-elect him. I could at least have written in the name of someone who was committed to our public schools and cared about the separation of church and state.

Happily, he won't be running this year.

Kenneth A. Stevens


A recession is no time to raise tax assessments

Many of my neighbors and I are very upset by the recent property tax reassess- ments we received, showing the largest increase in nine years ("Rising property assessments," editorial, Jan. 6).

We feel the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation is being unfair to homeowners again, just like it was nine years ago. That's when a group called Property Taxpayers United formed as a grassroots organization to teach people how to appeal their increases.

There are three hearings people can attend to try to obtain a decent reduction.

These are hard times. We are in a recession, most stocks aren't doing well and there is unemployment.

This is no time to increase assessments disproportionately, as many people feel the assessments department has done.

David Boyd

White Hall

It's the big corporations that benefit from tax laws

President Bush's tax cuts may throw an extra hundred or two our way, but look who is really benefiting: The giant Enron Corp. has paid no income tax at all in four of the last five years. A study of half the Fortune 500 companies shows that 24 major corporations owed no tax at all in 1998.

Farming money out to subsidiaries in tax-haven countries (Enron used almost 900 of them) gives big business advantages ordinary citizens can only dream of.

President Clinton tried to do something about this legal cheating but was blocked by the Republican Congress.

Michael Kernan


Inattention to housing woes will drive more residents out

Does the city have a housing commissioner? Where is Paul T. Graziano?

The city cannot be a viable place to live unless the housing problems are resolved. But the housing department's employees have no accountability and do not respond to citizen concerns.

Our block had zero vacant houses last year. This year we have six, and the resulting trash-filled yards. Despite the continued efforts of the remaining residents to have housing code violations resolved, nothing is being done.

This problem is citywide. The City Council is doing nothing to help. Crime is a problem that the mayor is addressing, but without clean, occupied neighborhoods, more residents will leave the city.

Edward Cummings

Patricia Cummings


It wasn't Thomas Jefferson who devised our Constitution

I'm sure Thomas Jefferson would have appreciated Dennis Miller's fantasy on the U.S. Constitution and his (Jefferson's) take on our continued, strict interpretation of that "thing you (again, Jefferson) cooked up" ("On football AND THE STATE OF THE UNION," Jan. 13).

The trouble is, of course, that Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, had very little to do with the Constitution. He wasn't even in the country during the Constitutional Convention, instead serving our country in France.

He did correspond with a few of the delegates, but had no direct input on our Constitution. Indeed, as an anti-Federalist, he'd be appalled to be accused of responsibility in such a thing - whether he was "on a bender" or sober.

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