In response to your editorial "Maryland's unhappy residents" (May 12), we left, and we are happy to have gone south after 11 years in Federal Hill. Property taxes are a third of what they were in the city, and our house is bigger. I can park our cars now.

But let me ask you a question: After this long-time liberal experiment of supposedly helping the poor and downtrodden of the city, when you look around, what do you see? Are the people of West Baltimore, East Baltimore and the other poor neighborhoods any better off? Are the schools really better? After all this money, has anything actually been accomplished?

The honest truth is that nothing really has changed, and that the underserved people who should have been helped still vote for the people who keep screwing it up. That was a big motivator to move. I don't mind paying taxes, but I get angry when I see the waste like I did in Baltimore.

Wilfred Brown, Greenville, S.C.

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