Thank you, Marta H. Mossburg, for your column pointing out that Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan for curbing sprawl in Maryland is just a boondoggle to reverse a trend that has been going on since the 1950s ("Governor, don't tell us where to live," Nov. 9).

It is a trend that is a choice of the people. I was a member of the blue collar working class before I retired. My wife and I were one of the few Dundalk households before the last election that had an O'Malley sign in the lawn. And now we regret it.

Mr. O'Malley is trying to reverse the will of the people. This is like trying to change the weather instead of being prepared for it. Mr. O'Malley's commercials before the election mocked his opponent, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., because he raised fees — then the governor turned around and did the same thing. Should I be shocked by a politician that flip-flops or worries more about being politically correct then if he lies to the people?

Why are politicians allowed to divert money from one department to another? Also, where is the money going from the lottery and the slots? Where is the money in the general fund?

I thought that the governor's job was to carry out the will of the people under the law. Wealthy businessmen need a healthy middle class to prosper, not the government to create jobs.

Earl Siler, Dundalk