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Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 10/23/2010

My endorsement: Pensions and the Purple Line

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Elizabeth and George Vary
Bethesda

The Post’s recent editorial warning of the looming $33 billion public-employee pension shortfall in Maryland was dead on — frighteningly so. Robert Ehrlich has offered two specific changes: craft new funding and benefit rules for new employees and transfer some obligations of local employees to the localities. Martin O’Malley just wants to wait for a belatedly appointed commission to report options. Sorry, that inaction is not good enough given what the taxpayers are facing.

Mr. O’Malley is for the light-rail Purple Line, which not only would be horribly expensive, but would also cater to developers and cause traffic snarls. For example, plans are on the drawing board for a major new retail-housing development on Connecticut Avenue at the new station for the aboveground trolley. It would be moronic to have trains stopping traffic across Connecticut Avenue and more cars jostling to enter and exit the new development during morning and evening rush hours.

Just two big reasons these registered Democrats are for Mr. Ehrlich.

Readers are invited to make the case for their candidate in the Maryland governor's race in 200 words or fewer and e-mail it to letters@washpost.com with “My Endorsement” in the subject line. Please include a day and evening phone number and a note describing any connection you have to the candidates, their campaigns or Maryland politics in general. Responses will be posted on All Opinions Are Local through Oct. 22

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 23, 2010; 10:00 PM ET
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Comments

The reason you 'democrats' are for Mr. Ehrlich" is because you, like all the other NIMBYs that have slowed progress to a crawl, are so thick-headed that you forget that you live in the middle of a 5 million+ metropolitan area, with vastly underserved transit needs.

The rest of the DC area thinks you people are morons.

Posted by: supersmax | October 24, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

You either did not read the post to which you advert or you did not understand it. The clear point by the Varys (who, unlike you, do not hide behind anonymity) was that the Purple Line as proposed by O'Malley would further snarl traffic on Connecticut Avenue by crossing at grade and causing the building of a large new retail/apartment complex (with more traffic) at an area already clogged in the morning and the evening. In words we trust you understand, they say O'Malley's trolley would slow things even more, at least in the Connecticut Avenue instance they cite.

Posted by: foozler | October 24, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

The idea that this is for developers is truly bizarre. The fact that the Purple Line makes the intersection with Connecticut a great place for a new development in no way undercuts the other powerful and long-standing arguments for the Purple Line. A less charitable person than myself might suspect the letter writer is merely trying to smear the Purple Line by linking it to unpopular developers. I would just point out that it is the most economically and environmentally responsible course of action, to site development where there is strong transit infrastructure.

Posted by: krickey7 | October 25, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

So, are the Vary's state workers?

Posted by: jckdoors | October 25, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

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