O'Malley's higher taxes better than the alternative

Your article ("O'Malley faces political risks of tax increases," May 17) suggests that Gov.Martin O'Malley's future political ambitions will be damaged by his successful efforts to raise taxes on the wealthy. But I ask, would his prospects have been enhanced if he had allowed major cuts in funding for health care, education, environmental clean up, and programs that benefit the elderly, children, homeless, handicapped and developmentally disabled? I think not.

As a business executive whose tax burden will undoubtedly go up as a result of these measures, I could not in good conscience oppose these tax increases. Most wealthy folks that I know are God fearing patriotic Americans with compassion and charity, and I know that they also would not want it on their consciences that they opposed these tax increases at the expense of those less fortunate.

Jack Kinstlinger, Baltimore

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