ANNAPOLIS, MD—Citing mounting debt and a decline in tourism dollars, the state of Maryland will shut down for good on August 31, Maryland Gov. Robert L. Erhlich Jr. told reporters Monday.
"I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has ever lived in or visited the great state of Maryland," Erhlich said at a press conference held on the steps of a boarded-up Capitol Building. "You are the people who have made this such a wonderful place. Maryland will live on in the fond memories of each of you, even as we liquidate the state's assets."
Ratified as the seventh state in 1788, Maryland has been a favorite haunt for a devoted group of fans. In addition to being the home of the Annapolis U.S. Naval Academy, Maryland is the birthplace of such notable Americans as surveyor Benjamin Banneker, singer Billie Holiday, baseball legend Babe Ruth, and former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
In spite of its rich history, Maryland has struggled with mounting debt since the '90s, as tourism and tax revenues failed to keep pace with rising expenses. The state has for years fought what many insiders considered a losing battle.
"We had a good run, but we just can't do it anymore," Erhlich said. "The bad economy, increased spending on homeland security, and an increasing Medicaid bill were the final nails in Maryland's coffin. We are simply losing too much money to keep the borders open."
So sad, isn't it? Errr... well, thanks a bunch to those wacky peacable hooligans at The Onion for that lovely bit of silliness.
Where was I? Oh yes, "Weird."
Weird it is, not being in the same house anymore with Nicole... Well, weird isn't the first word that comes to mind... it's just... sad. Oh well... maybe ... aww nevermind y'all. Between the two of us, ya know.
So, before I get all mushy here, I just want to publically thank the lovely host family (Nicole's- duh!) that greeted me and welcomed me with such enthusiasm. Thanks most of all to the most incredible person in the whole wide world... You know who you are! :-) posted by Steve
8/04/2003 12:57:00 AM
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