O'Malley is better for the bay

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. as governor would be bad news for Maryland's environment, especially the Chesapeake Bay, and now couldn't be a more critical time for strong leadership ("Candidates differ on bay, environment," Oct.13). We have the opportunity of a lifetime right now in the bay "pollution diet," a collaboration with other states and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restore waterways throughout the bay region.

During his tenure, Governor Ehrlich drained $300 million from the state's land preservation fund and even got caught trying to sell protected land to a politically connected developer. Now his campaign website touts "eliminating regulations" as a key strategy, and he's even complained about Governor O'Malley's successful initiatives to restore our precious blue crab and oyster populations.

We have a lot of work to do to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Governor O'Malley has shown he's willing to make tough decisions to restore our natural resources, while I fear Governor Ehrlich would miss the boat on our best chance yet to rehabilitate our bay.

Meg Cronin, Baltimore

The writer is a policy associate with Environment Maryland.

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