Summer Sale Extended! Get unlimited digital access for 13 weeks for $13.
Opinion
News Opinion

Sun treats Neuman badly over stormwater bill

I found your editorial on Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman's decision to veto the storm water bill very unprofessional ("Neuman's reckless stormwater veto," April 29). To disagree is one thing, but to call her decision "reckless" and to say that her action "represents a failure of leadership" is highly insulting.

She had the courage to temporarily veto the bill which would impact her county, but not touch other polluters, such as people in Western Maryland whose runoff from roofs, driveways and parking lots into streams and the Patapsco River can also lead to pollution. Why not make everyone that lives in Maryland pay the fee?

On the other hand, I am not so sure that the Chesapeake Bay is polluted mainly by storm runoff. What about all the tankers and other vessels that sail into the bay and flush their tanks to save money in the open waters? What about the fishermen and crabbers that use the bay as a garbage can? Perhaps we should limit the number of pleasure boats that use the bay, since they probably flush their toilets into the water to save cleaning them at dockside.

Finally, I live in Anne Arundel County and pay my fair share of taxes. To call residents of Anne Arundel County "famously tax-averse" is highly unjust.

Jerry Todd, Linthicum

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Hogan's 'rain tax' straw man

    Hogan's 'rain tax' straw man

    Webster's defines a "straw man" as "an argument or opponent set up so as to be easily refuted or defeated." We can find no better example than Gov. Larry Hogan's crusade against what he calls Maryland's "rain tax," which led this week to his introduction of legislation to repeal a law that he claims...

  • Rain tax deserves a real repeal

    Rain tax deserves a real repeal

    Boy, talk about a slanted, biased editorial ("Carroll Co. talks sense on stormwater," April 2). An issue that, if done truthfully, could have been summed up in a paragraph was turned into a diatribe about how misguided the voters are.

  • Rain tax still isn't justified

    Rain tax still isn't justified

    Regarding The Sun's editorial on the stormwater management fee ("Carroll talks sense on stormwater," April 3), let's first explain Gov. Larry Hogan's position in my opinion. He proposed to get rid of the "rain tax," the legislature voted that down and proposed their own biased solution as offered...

  • Carroll Co. talks sense on stormwater

    Carroll Co. talks sense on stormwater

    If there were any doubt that the drive to repeal Maryland's stormwater management fee, AKA "rain tax," is all politics and no substance, it was erased Wednesday when Carroll County, the jurisdiction that has fought hardest against the levy, balked at a bill to repeal it. That's right. Carroll's...

  • Why should I be taxed to subsidize polluters?

    Why should I be taxed to subsidize polluters?

    I have always acted in an environmentally sound way in how I treat rainwater. I have never owned a house where rain water left my property. Why should I be taxed to subsidize polluters ("Miller storm-water fee bill advances in Senate," March 19)?

  • Churches should not have to pay stormwater fees [Letter]

    Churches should not have to pay stormwater fees [Letter]

    In response to your paper's recent article about churches paying stormwater fees, I would point out that churches provide heavily discounted space for community groups and that many house affordable kindergarten and nursery school programs and provide food and shelter for at-risk populations —...

  • Rain tax exemption not worth the effort

    Rain tax exemption not worth the effort

    When we built our house in Anne Arundel County in 2002, we had to install a $10,000 wastewater management system because we were building within 1,000 feet of a body of water. We found this to be unreasonable but we had no appeal. We were certain that we qualified for an exemption now from the...

  • In rush to cut taxes and fees, lawmakers are sacrificing long-term environmental sustainability

    In rush to cut taxes and fees, lawmakers are sacrificing long-term environmental sustainability

    I was disheartened to read that both Republican and Democratic legislators are already making plans to repeal the stormwater management fees designed to pay for projects that mitigate the only source of Chesapeake Bay pollution that is still on the rise ("After Hogan victory, local governments...

Comments
Loading
59°