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Raising the gas tax punishes seniors and others who need cars to get around

Raise the gas tax 18 cents a gallon over three years? That's really socking it to senior citizens on fixed incomes who need to drive to a doctor's appointment, or kids driving to a summer job to save up for college, or working-class folks driving to their jobs day in day out, or those in the sales and service industries who spend a good chunk of their working hours in their cars.

How about Gov.Martin O'Malleyshowing some real leadership and instead tackle the bloated state bureaucracy, or those over-the-top state pensions, or the well publicized waste in our state agencies or the recent 100 person foreign trade junket.

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The governor's unwillingness to tackle these tough decisions and instead just continue to pile more taxes on people who are trying to make a go of it in a very tough economy shows who the real coward is.

Shame on you. I think I speak for the soon not to be so silent majority in Maryland in emphatically saying we don't want to be the fiscal and tax train wreck of "California-East."

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J. Edrington, Baltimore

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