Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., President of the Senate, looks on as confetti and balloons fall signaling sine die, the end of General Assembly session. (Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun video)

After reading Mike Dresser’s farewell comments, “Dresser’s Annapolis” (Dec. 5), I was reminded of how clearly and incisively he wrote over 21 years for The Baltimore Sun. When he left the State House beat for seven years beginning in 2004, I marveled at how his concise, observant writing style enlivened reporting of oft-dry transportation subjects. At one point, if I recall correctly, he wrote about remote roads throughout Maryland — akin, on a much smaller and more modest scale, to Charles Kuralt’s “America.”

Mr. Dresser’s final “editorial notebook” also struck a sensitive nerve for me. His departure from the State House press corps removes an experienced, hard-nosed commentator from coverage of state government. As most would concede, this journalistic oversight is vital — imperative, actually — for our sometimes-wobbly democracy. I feel confident that The Sun will continue its traditionally strong and fair coverage of the Maryland State House and executive agencies. The public reaps the benefits.

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Howard Freedlander, Easton

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