Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Feb. 2014

Feb.
25th

OLYMPICS: Russian hosts deserve our gratitude

It’s difficult to believe I’m thanking Russia, as there has been very little I’ve liked about Russia, let alone Vladimir Putin, but they did keep our athletes, their families and fans safe during the Sochi games.

I wish I could feel the same if the U.S. was the one providing the security even though we have the best and strongest military in the world and our CIA is second to none. Unfortunately, they are both controlled by our present administration and State Department. They couldn’t even provide proper security for our American consulate in Benghazi.

Thank goodness our athletes were

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Feb.
24th

PAY: TNT panders to corporate interests

Re: “Fix poverty with minimum wage? Not so fast” (editorial, 2-23).

The editorial board’s pandering to corporate interests by suggesting that the earned income tax credit is a better way to address the poverty of the working poor than providing living-wage jobs is astonishing.

The income tax credit has become the new branding of America’s lower class. The 40-plus percent of Americans who paid no federal income tax and/or received more money back than they paid are now America’s “takers” – a convenient label that marginalizes an entire class of American wage earners.

The earned income tax credit is

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Feb.
24th

US: Democrats taking country down wrong path

The Democrat-controlled government is endangering our American heritage. George Orwell in his book, “1984,” defines the path of liberal elites who subverted the American people through intimidation. The Democrats’ plan to raise the minimum wage defines their vision for change.

It has been documented this policy will kill jobs. The Democrats reply: The loss of jobs will reduce unemployment as the people will be on welfare.

Obamacare defines the start of subverting the American people. Our president lies by stating Americans can keep their insurance in lieu of embracing Obamacare. Millions of people have lost their insurance. The subversion continues,

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Feb.
24th

CLIMATE: Debate requires full range of evidence

Re: “Don’t fall for the myth of ‘settled science’” (Charles Krauthammer column, 2-14).

Sorry to spoil Krauthammer’s self-congratulatory claim to be neutral on the climate change front. But he’s most definitely a global warming denier. Were he indeed free of bias – neither a zealous believer nor denier – he would first evaluate the vast range of climate research and then declare his convictions. Instead, he cherry-picks a few random bits and bobs of climate data to pooh-pooh the theory of global warming.

But a dry season in California, a drop in tornadoes and one doubting physicist do not

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Feb.
24th

PAY: Minimum wage hike will impact seniors

Re: “Fix poverty with minimum wage? Not so fast” (editorial, 2-23).

Entry-level minimum-wage jobs were never intended to pay family living wages. However, they do provide an entry point into the job market that allows individuals to gain experience pertaining to the responsibilities of holding a job – efficiency, punctuality, reliability, etc.

Anyone with a modicum of ambition should be able to move beyond the entry-level pay grade without our government stepping in and increasing their pay grade for them.

Simply put, increasing the minimum wage without a commensurate gain in productivity only results in inflation. Consumers will have

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Feb.
24th

PAY: Wage raise likely to have far-reaching effect

Re: “Fix poverty with minimum wage? Not so fast” (editorial, 2-23).

Quite often it is the unforeseen consequences of an act that carry the greatest impact. One argument for an increase in the state’s minimum wage is that the primary effect would be imparted to entry-level employees on the lowest rung of the ladder and that employers could adjust to that with minimum impact on their total labor costs.

Assume for the sake of example a small business with eight entry-level positions paying $9.32 an hour, six midlevel positions paying $11 an hour and two senior positions paying $14

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Feb.
24th

PAY: To reduce poverty, listen to those who know it

Re: “Fix poverty with minimum wage? Not so fast” (editorial, 2-23).

Your editorial seems logical, but it is flawed. People with money and power think they know how to solve problems;they don’t. If you really want to reduce the results of poverty, listen to those in the trenches.

For example, my minimum-wage working adult daughter died due to lack of medical care. Her income was $700 a month. The state of Washington told her that income was too much to receive medical benefits. She died several months later from a condition that if she had access to medical care

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Feb.
24th

PAY: We’ll all be paying if minimum wage rises

Re: “Fix poverty with minimum wage? Not so fast” (editorial, 2-23).

It’s a no-brainer. If the minimum wage goes up to $15 per hour, jobs will be lost, many small businesses will fail and prices of products or services will go up – putting more of a burden on all of us.

The money for these higher wages have to come from somewhere. And does government actually have the right to tell business owners how to run there businesses in this manner? Is this what the free market system has come to: Monopolies winning out and small business disappearing?