Better to raise taxes than cut vital services

March 15, 2011

The Sun's recent editorial ("What's worse, the alcohol tax or education cuts?" March 13) correctly notes that raising revenue is preferable to cuts to vital services such as education and health care.

Last Thursday, 1,800 parents, students, teachers and advocates braved the pouring rain to attend the Baltimore Education Coalition rally in Annapolis. Rally participants urged lawmakers to restore education funding cuts, keep their promise to fund an adequate public school system in Maryland, and use whatever resources they can develop to fill the $94 million shortfall in the governor's budget.

The consequences of cuts, affecting all our classrooms, are too severe and all the alternatives need to be considered.

Shannen Coleman, Baltimore

The writer is co-chair of the Baltimore Education Coalition.

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