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Letters to the Editor

April 9, 2013

Raising minimum wage won't help

It is almost unbelievable.

If I had not grown up in the 1960s, I guess I could buy into what is going on. Every time I turn the radio on or pick up a newspaper, the propaganda makes me sick. Gas prices still at almost $4 a gallon (what a deal). The tax generated goes to the government like crack cocaine, and it is hooked.

The latest is to increase minimum wage. We are told this will help the economy — let’s think about that for a moment. The employee gets a raise and may continue to have a job. The employer already struggles to make ends meet — fuel oil, gasoline, propane and natural gas at record prices. All the materials are increasing setting on the shelf, unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation, Obamacare, are all required, and increasing minimum wage will help generate more tax revenue for our Legislators to give away to buy votes.

I know of many small-business owners who will more than likely have to close the door when they are faced with yet another MANDATORY increase to continue operation. When the door closes, what happens to the employees? They draw unemployment until it runs out, then they need assistance from the government that continually needs more revenue (TAX, TAX, TAX).

If we really want to get the economy kick-started, cut the price of fuel by producing more in the good old USA, not by constantly trying to figure out how to get more tax revenue.

The minimum-wage earners will automatically get a raise when the price of driving to and from work and heating their home is reduced by bringing down the fuel cost. Do you really think raising minimum wage will bring the cost of business down?

Roy Althiser Jr.


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