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In happier times outside the Senate Chamber, then-Sen. Catherine Pugh receives a hug from Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller as she and then-Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden prepared to leave the building. Senator Pugh pleaded guilty last month to federal charges of wire fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion in connection to her "Healthy Holly" book scheme.
In happier times outside the Senate Chamber, then-Sen. Catherine Pugh receives a hug from Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller as she and then-Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden prepared to leave the building. Senator Pugh pleaded guilty last month to federal charges of wire fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion in connection to her "Healthy Holly" book scheme. (Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun)

The Baltimore Sun editorial board’s recent portrayal of Maryland legislators assigned to serve on the Senate Finance Committee is unfair, insulting and hurtful to the overwhelming majority of committee members who work long and hard to protect the public interest and who use their expertise for the common good in areas including insurance, public utilities, renewable energy, senior issues, child welfare and health care policy (“What Pugh’s conviction says about Annapolis,” Nov. 22).

Your opinion writers owe an apology to the many honorable and productive state senators whose reputations you inadvertently harmed by your unfounded suggestion that their service is somehow self-serving and a threat to the public good because of their service on a particular and very important committee to which they were appointed.

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One’s character is formed by many variables, not all of which are of our own making, but service on the Senate Finance Committee cannot logically be blamed for anyone’s violation of a sacred trust.

Delores G. Kelley

The writer, a Democrat, represents District 10, Baltimore County, in the Maryland Senate where she serves as chair of the Finance Committee

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