Companies not only ones fleeing Montgomery County

Re: "MontCo lawmaker laments county's sluggish job growth," Oct. 10

All Montgomery County lawmakers have to do to find the cause of the county's sluggish job growth problem is look in a mirror.

They just passed a union bill that will force companies to keep inept employees on the payroll for 90 days. Property taxes, income taxes and corporate taxes are all higher. We have a bag tax, and county lawmakers are now discussing how they can get the authority to impose an additional gas tax.

Their solution to all the county's problems is to raise taxes. They never saw a giveaway program they didn't like.

The statewide "Dream Act" on the ballot will cost another $7.5 million a year. I am sure there will be another tax to cover that, perhaps hidden in the amount that American citizens will have to pay to go to college in Maryland.

A lady who rides the bus with me recently moved to Virginia and saw her income tax cut in half. I am currently looking for a retirement home. Since I can't afford to stay in Montgomery County, I will move to either Virginia or North Carolina, where the government is not the solution to every conceivable problem and I can decide where to spend my retirement funds, not some lawmaker who needs to buy votes.

With all Montgomery County's anti-business taxes, laws and environmental policies, why wouldn't companies move to Virginia? Even Maryland homeowners know it is better to move than to keep getting robbed by our do-gooder politicians.

Cam J. Tidwell Jr.

Silver Spring

Mass transit helps everybody, including drivers

Re: "A MontCo gas tax is not the answer," Local Editorial, Oct. 10

Your editorial regarding the gas tax contains a significant flaw. It notes that Maryland spends more than 50 percent of its transportation revenue on mass transit, "which serves less than 10 percent of daily commuters." The editorial goes on to call this a "misallocation of funds."

But spending on mass transit benefits 100 percent of daily commuters. How many people driving to work on a daily basis would like to see every train passenger and bus rider added to their own single-occupancy vehicle to the interstate highways and other local roads? What would that do for gridlock?

Improved transit does not only help its riders, but everyone who is trying to get around regardless of mode. Further, mass transportation has great economic development benefits as businesses look for transit-accessible locations.

Marc Korman


False assumptions about controversial Metro ad

Re: "Controversial Metro ad gets makeover within hours," Oct. 9

The first sentence of this article is inaccurate. The American Freedom Defense Initiative's ad does not mention Islam or Muslims at all.

And nothing in the ad "equated Muslims with savages."

Patrick Syring