Yes, elections have consequences, Mr. Ehrlich

Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., in his unwavering right-wing view, bemoans various initiatives supported by President Barack Obama and Gov. Martin O'Malley as the consequences of the recent election. Yes, the election has consequences, and the list presented by Mr. Ehrlich are precisely the positions that we Democrats voted for: health care reform, women's right to choose, gun control and gay marriage among them ("The vast left-wing conspiracy," Feb. 3).

There's also in-state tuition for deserving children of undocumented workers, elimination of capital punishment, support of workers to bargain collectively, repeal of laws that deny voters right to vote, women in combat, expansion of eligibility for food stamps, clean energy, same-day voter registration, unemployment benefits and an increase of the minimum wage.

As a business executive, I applaud all these measures as contributing to a vibrant dynamic and compassionate society. Too bad the former governor sees it differently.

Jack Kinstlinger, Baltimore

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