As a fifth-generation owner of a Maryland candy company, I applaud the Dec. 8 front-page article “Lawmakers find protecting sugar easy to swallow.” In a time of budget constraints and sequestration, it is fiscal malpractice that the federal sugar subsidy program still exists. It hurts not only small businesses such as mine but all U.S. food processors, bakeries and consumers.

As The Post indicated, the Agriculture Department lost close to $300 million on the sugar subsidy program in fiscal year 2013, with more losses expected next year. Every taxpayer should be outraged by this waste of precious federal resources. It’s time to end this antiquated, Depression-era program that has long outlived any usefulness.

Mitchell T. Goetze, Baltimore

The writer is president and chief operating officer of Goetze’s Candy Company.