At some point, someone at The Baltimore Sun will start viewing folks who have jobs, pay their bills and do not live on assistance as "positive citizens" and not the "rich" ("Tax cuts for the rich," Feb. 20). As a business owner and someone who employs people, I am the person this state needs to embrace because it is through jobs this state can collect taxes and people can pay their own bills and start to feel good about their future.

However, because of tax and other policies in this state and country, I will do my best to not hire more people because I cannot afford them — that is the reality. Our growth as a business will be slower but less expensive, and after the last 6 years, I am not willing to take the employee risk. I am a business owner, but I am far from rich and I have bills that need to be paid, kids to educate, parents I need to take care of, and a retirement I hope to have without depending on others.

I do not subscribe to the Sun and never will until your paper lends space to the "positive citizen" side. A positive citizen is someone who gives to society more than they take from it. We are the ones on whom policies should be based, but unfortunately we are a dying breed. Thanks to tax policies you support and the normalization of poverty (negative citizenship), the money will run out. That doesn't matter to you though, not until your job is eliminated because The Sun can't afford you anymore.

Sallie Otenasek

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