Gov. Martin O'Malley is importuning the Environmental Protection Agency so as not to lose Baltimore's lucrative cruise ship business ("O'Malley lobbies EPA to ease cruise ship pollution rule," June 16)! Isn't that odd? He has been running businesses out of the state with seemingly great alacrity! Has he turned over a new leaf? Hey Martin, kudos, you have taxed the rain; what's next, the sun? How about the air that we breathe? I know that you are exploring every "opportunity" to create a new tax that you'll need to support all of those "new citizens" (voters) of yours!

Robert L. Di Stefano, Abingdon