I found it interesting to read the article, “Maryland officials approve $60 million expansion at BWI Airport over Franchot’s objections” (July 19), regarding the decision of the Board of Public Works to authorize $60 million for expansion at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. It was done over the objection of Comptroller Peter Franchot. It seems that Gov. Larry Hogan and Treasurer Nancy Kopp can find $60 million for BWI but cannot find the same amount for the continued prescription coverage for state retirees on Medicare (“Maryland to help retirees pay out-of-pocket Medicare drug costs after coverage change,” July 16).
These retirees are the same people that worked for the state, often at salaries lower than their counterparts in the private sector. They did this because looking down the road, the retirement benefits included continued health care coverage, prescription coverage and dental coverage. These were not free, they would continue to pay monthly premiums for the coverage, but it was there. I, as well as other retirees on Medicare, would gladly pay an increased premium for continued prescription coverage instead of having the coverage terminate on Dec. 31 as it will do, thanks to the change in the prescription benefit, but only for state retirees on Medicare.
The money we saved to enjoy our retirement will now be spent on prescription medicines. If Governor Hogan and Treasurer Kopp could find $60 million for BWI, why couldn't they find it for their retirees? It seems that planes are more important than people.
William Wolf Jr.