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The super-rich should suck it up
A question: Why was I worth twice as much as a minimum wage worker in 1967 than I would be today? In 1967, I got my first job, washing dishes at a restaurant for a $1.25 hourly minimum wage. That would buy four or five gallons of gas. A onebedroom apartment went for $75 per month. A new Toyota Corolla was $1,800. When the minimum wage was raised by 5 cents, everyone above that also got a little boost. Prices would be slightly adjusted, but no businesses closed and no one lost his or her job. We made a little more, spent a little more, the economy flourished, and the rich got richer. Not hundreds or thousands of times richer like today, but they survived, and so did we. Now, the super-rich are given massive tax breaks. The rich are rewarded with multimillion-dollar bonuses for screwing us, and they tell us to suck it up. Raising the minimum wage to where it should be today is going to cause problems, but maybe the rich should suck it up for a change. And show some appreciation for where their riches came from. I have a beautiful young niece who is about to graduate from high school. She will probably be going out to look for a minimum-wage job as she prepares for college. I look at this intelligent young lady and wonder why she is only worth about half of what I was worth when I was her age. TOM SHEVLIN
JUNE 10-16, 2015
Moore has a right to his feelings
Not to belabor the point, but if Henrietta Supervisor Jack Moore had used his position of power to discriminate, belittle, discredit, or otherwise abuse any of the town’s employees, black or white, then I would say he is wrong and should be held accountable for his indiscretion regarding the “city cousins” remark. If, however, he treated all under his jurisdiction fairly and with equality, showing no partiality or bias, then it seems to me that he has a perfect right to express his personal, private feelings to friends and colleagues without fear of being taped, filmed, or otherwise subjected to the ridicule and censure he has endured. Political correctness in a public setting is just good manners and common sense. Political correctness within the sanctity of one’s own personal circle of acquaintances is akin to succumbing to brainwashing in order to keep us all in lockstep to the beat of the brainwasher’s agenda. These were the techniques used by Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia to crush any opposition or free thinking. Please, if a person is doing his job properly in an unbiased manner, leave his personal thoughts and feelings alone. Put your recording devices away. We’ve lost enough of our freedoms without having to worry about our neighbors spying on us. BOB TACITO
What about ethics? The fact is that those who go into politics tend to think they are better than everyone else. They write the rules and exempt themselves from them. JHONALY50
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