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Despite what the president says, small businesses aren't doing 'just fine'

11:00 AM EDT, June 16, 2012

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Your recent editorial "Doing better than 'fine'" (June 12) must be a joke. Every economic metric shows the economy is in serious trouble.

Small businesses are doing much worse than anticipated almost four years after the start of the Great Recession, and there's no recovery in sight. I should know, because I am a small business owner, and I am in contact with other small business owners on a regular basis.

We are not doing "fine," we and our employees are struggling to survive in a business climate that has already claimed the existence of more businesses both large and small than ever before.

There is no shortage of evidence that this is the case, but The Sun chooses to manipulate the data to "prove" that small businesses (i.e. the private sector economy) are OK and that those suggesting otherwise are cartoon characters or worse.

Suggesting that President Obama's economic record is something he should run on is ample proof that The Sun is little more than a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party. You should be ashamed of such partisan efforts to mislead your readers.

Alan J. Gebhart, Cockeysville