Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

State ventures into foreign aid

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The statte’s budget boondoggle has been noted in all the newspapers. Gov. Martin O’Malley’s budget cuts are perceived as too severe or not very harsh depending on what side of the aisle you sit on.

I have a suggestion that would save a lot of money: Cut the $670,000 gift to Kiplin Hall in North Yorkshire, England (‘‘Maryland money would benefit site in England,” April 4 article).

I called my delegate, Herman Taylor (D-Dist. 14) of Ashton, to question this expenditure in the budget. He explained that it was included by Senate President Mike Miller (D-Dist. 27) of Chesapeake Beach, who is an avid student of history. Taylor said that Miller feels it somehow positively affects the University of Maryland.

It wasn’t clear how close to a million dollar gift to a foreign country would positively enhance and benefit the life of all Marylanders except by making us poorer as we pay our hefty tax bill.

Taylor noted that no one questioned Miller’s pet projects or their own pet projects project would be nixed. Also, my calls to O’Malley’s office were not returned.

So, my fellow Marylanders, how culturally enriched and historically enhanced will you be as you pay your state taxes? How many of us will travel to England to see Kiplin Hall? Probably not many, after we pay our state taxes.

Helen Koelle, Silver Spring