Why seniors leave Maryland [Letter]

September 04, 2014

As a retiree who held his first job at age 11 and who worked and paid into Social Security for 50 years and into Medicare since it's inception, that obnoxious diatribe by William Smith is an affront to retirees everywhere ("Who needs those lazy retirees?" Aug. 19).

The generalization that retirees are takers and welfare addicts is ridiculous. Perhaps he is speaking for himself.

I went to night school for 17 years and earned four degrees while raising a family and trying to create a self-sufficient retirement. I never received any kind of welfare and never wanted to be in position to need it.

Why do retirees want to leave Maryland? The simple answer is that it is too expensive for people on fixed incomes to live here. A recent survey by the Tax Foundation on the value of $100 in the 50 states shows Maryland near the bottom, only surpassed by California, New York and the District of Columbia.

Michael Ernest, Catonsville

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