May 10, 2013
It is with a heavy heart that after living here for 40 years, my husband and I must bid Maryland farewell. We can no longer afford to support fiscal and social programs with which we do not agree. We moved here in 1973, bought a home we could afford, sent our children to Maryland public schools, worked for Maryland companies, paid our share of property and income taxes, and lived within our means. And now that we have retired, the state of Maryland feels it is entitled to increase the tax burden on our hard-earned retirement income.
January 10, 2013
In response to Charles Harrell's letter to the editor of Jan. 1, I say please leave Maryland ASAP. He indicated that he and his wife were federal government retirees and that he is puzzled why Maryland taxes his retirement income. In one short reply: because it is income, you dolt. As a former federal government employee, Mr. Harrell and his wife are used to feeding at the public trough. Now that they are retired, they don't like being treated like the common folk. Too bad, and get used to it. Martin A. Silvert, Baltimore Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
January 2, 2013
I must disagree with letter writer Neil L. Bergsman's view that high taxes don't drive people out of Maryland ("Tax rates have a negligible effect on people's decision to move out of state," Dec. 29). My wife and I retired from the federal government, and it puzzles us why Maryland is taxing our retirement income when states like Texas and Florida do not tax retirement income or Social Security benefits. Maryland is not a tax-friendly state for retirees, even though Social Security benefits are not taxed here.
August 10, 2012
Fall classes Registration for fall classes offered by Anne Arundel Community College is under way at the county's seven senior activity centers. Classes begin the week of Oct. 1. To register and for schedule information, go to the center you wish to attend or online at aacounty.org/aging and click on a center for its list of courses. Therapeutic yoga Classes with Tina Marks will be held Tuesdays at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1275 Odenton Road. Therapeutic yoga is offered from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., and intermediate therapeutic yoga is offered from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Information: 410-222-6227.
May 22, 2012
I and other retired veterans residing in Maryland will soon be seeking another state in which to live due to the disproportionate impact of the state's new tax legislation on retired veterans. Having served my country for more than 25 years, I find that the People's Republic of Maryland views me as wealthy merely because I have gainful post-retirement employment in addition to my previously-earned retirement income. I moved 16 times in my military career, so I'm well versed in voting with my feet.
July 28, 2008
When he started at Maryland State College in 1962, Daniel M. Maddox envisioned a career working with young people, preferably in physical education. But as often happens, life got in the way and Maddox decided he needed a steady paycheck more than a college degree. So at 20, he took a job at General Motors and worked there almost 40 years. Now that he's retired at 63, Maddox has renewed his interest in helping young people by volunteering during the school year at Tench Tilghman Elementary School as a part of Experience Corps, a Civic Ventures program that places people 55 and older in urban classrooms.