At the very end of your editorial on Maryland's unhappy residents you brought up a very interesting point but then failed to address it: People retire to Florida ("Maryland's unhappy residents," May 9).

They do it for two main reasons: The weather and the fact that there's no income tax on their retirement benefits. Somehow Florida manages to exist with all those seniors not paying into the system at every whim of the governor and legislature to dip into their pockets.

What could Maryland do to keep them here? The fact that the Maryland budget has increased by 40 percent on the backs of taxpayers during this governor's term can't be ignored as a reason for the desire to flee.

Charles McCloud

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