May 9, 2014
"If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. " That little nugget of truth, also known as the "law of the instrument," can be applied to more than just tool selection. When it comes to some closely-held beliefs, people tend to see circumstances as frequently proving them correct - even when they do nothing of the kind. At least that might explain why a recently-released Gallup poll finding that 47 percent of Maryland residents would choose to move if they could - the third highest percentage among the states - is being cited by many as evidence of failed tax policy.
March 22, 2014
Who in local and state government is in charge of watching and controlling how our tax dollars are spent ( "Pratt, Young object to plan to hire outside auditors for city agencies," March 20)? We know that Gov. Martin O'Malley wasted over $200 million on a health care exchange that does not work. We have seen public employees in Baltimore being paid the wrong salary for years. When are Maryland voters going to demand accountability from government employees like the private sector does?
March 6, 2014
What's with the O's - Gov. Martin O'Malley and President Barack Obama and the minimum wage? Let's face it, most Marylanders and Americans know that the leadership locally and nationally do not care about the working poor. It's all about increasing the tax base so that they will have more of our tax dollars to spend. I think a requirement for those running for an elected position is that they should have worked in the private sector where they might have learned about profits and losses or have owned their own business.
February 11, 2014
After a 47-year career first with Bethlehem Steel and then with General Motors and not getting raises for years when the companies where losing money, I do not understand how civil service employees can spend my tax dollars and give raises within such a short time frame to a person who has not done the job that they where hired to do ("Former Md. health exchange director given 5 wage increases," Feb. 7). This is just another case of Maryland elected officials' cronyism that they would hire Rebecca Pearce to do a job that she was not qualified to do. J. Heming, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to email@example.com . Please include your name and contact information.
January 30, 2014
Christopher Summers of the Maryland Public Policy Institute writes of the O'Malley-Brown administration's folly in using our tax dollars for "costly transit projects" used by "less than 10 percent of Marylanders" ( "Maryland should brace for another round of taxes on transportation," Jan. 27). Mr. Summers apparently assumes that spending on transit confers little or no spill-over benefits on non-riders. Unfortunately, a very recent independent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research demonstrates the falsity of Mr. Summers' assumption.
January 21, 2014
I have a hard time understanding The Sun's fairness doctrine. We often read on this editorial page about our need to be fair to illegal immigrants (Dream Act, drivers licenses), minorities (income and education achievement disparities), our poor citizens (support for a minimum wage increase and opposition to food stamp adjustments), but nothing about the productive class of Maryland citizens. The productive class are those Marylanders who work full time, pay taxes, save their money (a responsible act or they could end up a ward of the state)