Subject: File No. S7-08-09
From: william w whitescarver
Affiliation: Chairman, Investment Committee, Maryland Supplemental Retirement Plans

May 5, 2009

I strongly urge the SEC reinstate the uptick rule and also prohibit so-called naked short selling. The absence of the uptick rule and the allowance of naked short selling have each had deletrious results on the financial markets, in my opinion.