I was dismayed to read your support of cutting education funding in your editorial of Jan. 4 ("Easy choices and hard ones for Md.'s budget gap". One in five residents of Baltimore City lives in poverty; the numbers of those in poverty in the county and in other jurisdictions are increasing. A quality education is what provides opportunities and hope to families that their children will experience less economic hardship. Poor children in the city and across the state will suffer disproportionately under any cuts to public education, and this is unjust.
Is this the kind of world we want to live in, a world in which the least resourced among us bear consequences that in many cases are insurmountable, such as an inferior education? I imagine many of us are willing make sacrifices — to "share part of the burden" as you put it in your editorial — in accepting revenue raising options in order that the most vulnerable among us be afforded the same educational opportunities that all children deserve.