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Maryland is free and growing

A recent letter to The Sun reported that the Mercatus Center at George Mason University ranked Maryland near the bottom in overall freedom and cited a statistic that the state has lost population ("The 'Free State' isn't so free anymore," April 3).

Nonsense.

Maryland's population grew by just under 45,000 people between July 1, 2011 and July 1, 2012 according to estimates just released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Maryland's total gain was ranked 13th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, while its .8 percent increase exceeded the national rate of increase.

As far as freedom is concerned, we certainly are as free as any other Americans and probably more so considering the suppression of voters and ongoing bigotry against minorities and gays in some other states. The statistics cited lead one to question the reliability of George Mason scholarship.

Jack Kinstlinger, Baltimore

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