Thanks to political anomalies like Sen. Bobby Zirkin who put their constituents above party politics, there is at least a glimmer of hope that Maryland citizens may not have to pay higher taxes this year to balance the state's budget ("Bobby Zirkin: secret Republican?" March 21).
Senator Zirkin not only superbly represents his Baltimore County constituents in District 11, his political actions are helping all of Maryland's citizens. The question is, will enough other delegates have the stomach to challenge the tax-them-to-death policies of the governor and the state's Democratic Party?
By taking Dan Rodricks to the woodshed in his Readers Respond comments ("Zirkin: Why isn't Dan Rodricks disgusted?" March 21), Mr. Zirkin shows that he has the fire in his belly to do what is right for the citizens, not the party. Maryland needs more politicians like him.
Ron Wirsing, Havre de Grace