It's OK if op-ed contributor Marta Mossburg doesn't like Gov. Martin O'Malley's politics, and it's OK if The Sun publishes her work, however lacking in substance it may be. But it's not OK for her to call the governor a "thug" ("O'Malley's thuggish side," Jan. 2).
According to the dictionary, a thug is a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber or murderer. Yet there is no evidence of anything like that in Ms. Mossburg's description of the governor. If there were, he would be facing felony charges.
Ms. Mossburg's three main arguments are unconvincing. In fact, most people probably would agree with Mr. O'Malley that we've been better served by a representative democracy than by plebiscites. If we were ruled by plebiscite, the South might still be segregated.
Moreover, the quip about a house falling on Penn National Gaming CEO Peter Carlino was an attempt at humor related to the gambling industry's playing the odds. Maybe it wasn't that funny, but it certainly wasn't a threat. As for Peter Angelos, he is indeed holding up the State Center development for his own financial gain. Most of the nearby residents favor the project.
So who's the bully here? Governor O'Malley, like all of us, is imperfect. But he continues to serve Maryland well.
Caroline S. Ingles, Baltimore