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Will Maryland go the way of Detroit? [Letter]

When will Maryland's elected and appointed leaders realize the state's financial bind and treat it in a serious manner? In your recent article detailing a decline of $405 million in projected state revenues next year, several comments seemed very self-serving ("Maryland cuts revenue expectations by $405 million," Sept. 25).

House Speaker Michael E. Busch noted that "we're pretty well positioned compared to our sister states [of Virginia and New Jersey]." Imagine being on another sinking ship next to the Titanic and hearing a voice overhead shouting: "We're not as badly off as you are!"

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Moreover, the governor's spokesperson pointed to a U.S. Census report from the prior week showing that "Maryland had the highest household median income in the nation last year."

I am sure there are plenty of Sun readers who remember years ago when Detroit made that same claim among cities of our nation. And look where it is today.

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Bill Foster, Phoenix

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