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Hogan needs to reverse O'Malley's onerous farm rules

In what will be seen as one of soon-to-be ex-Gov. Martin O'Malley's parting shots to the incoming Hogan administration, Mr. O'Malley is pushing through new regulations controlling how farmers fertilize their land ("O'Malley rushes to propose new pollution rules," Nov. 15). Never mind the fact that it will cost farmers on the Eastern Shore an estimated $22 million to comply with these new regulations. After all, the only thing these evil farmers do is grow the food that we eat, so why should anybody care about them, right?

I've always wondered why farmers are consistently blamed for the Chesapeake Bay's poor water quality while the continuing dredging of the bay and the thousands of gallons of raw waste that routinely spill into it from wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations after storms constantly gets a pass. Of course, all of this is nothing but a transparent maneuver to further Mr. O'Malley's position within the liberal environmentalist movement to somehow try to save his sinking presidential hopes. Hopefully, the incoming Hogan administration will be able to undo much of the mess this governor has wrought on the state of Maryland.

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Mark Wilson, Fallston

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