The mountain natives are restless in Maryland. They want to have it their way, though they represent just 10 percent of the state’s population.

Here are a few things that annoy them:

A stream of tax increases (including one on rain!) from Annapolis.
State restrictions that devalue their land.
Tougher gun-control laws.
A bleeding-heart law that does away with the death penalty.
A state law legalizing gay marriages.
Political map-makers who deprive them of their conservative congressman.

It’s enough to make you want to secede, which is the plan put forth by a Carroll County blogger, Scott Strzelczyk of New Windsor, for the five counties often lumped together as Western Maryland.

The verb “to secede” is a curious term not to be confused with the similar-sounding verb “to succeed.”