- The Washington Times - Monday, September 26, 2011

It is becoming increasingly more expensive and restrictive to reside or operate a business in the state of Maryland (“Maryland Democrats eye seat held by GOP’s Rep. Bartlett,” Web, Thursday).

Gov. Martin O’Malley and the Democrat-controlled legislature are both intent on squeezing every drop of blood out of the state’s residents and entrepreneurs.

Recently, we were hit with a 1 percent increase in the sales tax, and Mr. O’Malley has set his sights on increasing the gas tax even in this suffocating economic climate. The governor is in lock-step with President Obama’s job-busting, no-growth policies. Maryland holds the unfortunate title of the least-free state in the union because of its onerous regulations and anti-business policies.

Now we learn that the legislature is looking at redistricting as a means of ousting Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett so Democrats can have greater control of their left-wing agenda. Why would any red-blooded American choose to live or have a business in Maryland when the state is driven by partisan politics?

This is a call for conservatives in Maryland to come together to meet the challenge head-on and wrest back our state from a left-wing takeover.

LORRAINE RYAN

Berwyn Heights