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I supported Martin O'Malley when he was governor and I believe he would make a fine president ( "O'Malley seeks path to White House," May 30).

As governor, Mr. O'Malley showed courage and vision by presiding over a truly progressive administration that avoided college tuition increases, strengthened gun control, abolished capital punishment and enacted marriage equality.

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In addition his administration passed the Dream Act that helped young, promising undocumented students, embraced the Affordable Care Act and protected our environment.

What a glorious record! Yes, some taxes were increased. But taxes are the price we pay to live in a civilized society. It takes revenue to assure good schools, adequate health care, open green space, public safety and the host of other services that we all demand.

Thank goodness Mr. O'Malley displayed the courage needed to increase the gas tax. Now perhaps we can begin to repair our deteriorated roads, bridges and other infrastructure that are essential to attract jobs, grow our industries and assure that Maryland can compete successfully in the global economy.

Jack Kinstlinger, Towson

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