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April 16, 2013

To The Reader’s Forum: In response to the mean-spirited vitriol contained in Sam Genco’s letter to the forum March 24, on the subject of increasing the minimum wage, I would offer the following......

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Apr-16-13 1:48 AM

As a righty this letter infuriates me!!!

STOP PRETENDING that we should keep up wages with inflation!!! Its killing business!!! Its NOT the fact that the poor economy is preventing people from shopping at business that is hurting business!! No, its keeping up minimum wage with inflation that is killing America and maybe going to make godzilla come to life.

If an employer wants to pay their employee 5 cheeseburgers per week, and nothing else, then THAT IS THE CONTRACT!!

That's that.

Crap, I almost forgot. Nobummer!!

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Apr-16-13 4:44 AM

I missed reading Sam Genco's letter. This letter attacking Mr. Genco for having an opinion got me to look up Mr. Genco's letter. It was not mean spirited or vitriolic. The reader owes Mr. Genco an apology. It is sad when someone can not make a point without insulting, mischaracterizing, and attacking someone else's opinion.

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Apr-16-13 6:46 AM

Correct carlaw, that should be saved for the comments section!

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Apr-16-13 7:41 AM

I reread that piece, and I see nothing wrong with that author's opinions. He is obviously shaded to the right and his comments bear that out. However I disagree--no "apology" is in order--unless this author has no right to his own opinion.

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Apr-16-13 7:56 AM

take it easy alice. i have it from a very reliable source (to whom i give thanks) that using capital letters doesn't make your point any more right.

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Apr-16-13 8:00 AM

So it is fair for a guy who can't afford a date, much less a family, to be forced to pay higher prices so you can get higher wages to support your family? If you can't afford a family, don't have one. You are not entitled. Business and the federal government should not be in the charity or welfare business. Leave that to families, churches, and the states. Resources are limited. Needs are not. Better the market allocate resources than the government with coercive monopoly power that is inevitably abused.

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Apr-16-13 8:03 AM

Make the minimum wage $1,000 an hour so we can all be rich. Better yet, make welfare (at least for Democrats) $1,000 an hour. The sad part is, some people don't get the joke.

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Apr-16-13 8:17 AM

"In my experience, people work a lot harder when they feel that their efforts are seen and appreciated."

How is increasing the minimum wage going make people feel appreciated? When your employer is only paying you the absolute minimum wage required by law (regardless of how much it is) how is that going to make you feel appreciated?

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Apr-16-13 8:21 AM

Minimum wage is for teens on their first jobs. Cashiering and burger flipping aren't careers-they are brief stops on the way to a career. If you have a family and are happy complaining about the pay of a job that is designed for school aged kids, something is wrong.

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Apr-16-13 8:49 AM

Minimum wage was never designed to be something people could live on or provide for a family. It used to be that having a family was incentive enough for someone to go ut and work harder and/or get a second job because they felt obligated to provide for their family. Now it seems having a family means you expect someone else to provide for you so you don't have to work as hard.

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Apr-16-13 8:55 AM

"How about the person working a minimum wage job struggling to pay for necessities like food, clothes and shelter? Does Mr. Genco think he could survive on $7.25 an hour and pay for these basic needs, not to mention gas, car payments, school supplies, and so on." 1. Ramen noodles 2. Salvation Army 3. Apartment (may be in a shady area) 4. and 5. walk to work or ride a bike 6. notebooks are 10 cents at office max and pencils are $1.

This is a case of everyone wanting to be equal without having to work for it. If you chose not to better yourself to get a good job or career, why should you be entitled to car, a house or a prime rib? maybe you will start out making 7 an hour and work your way up to manager and then be able to afford some of those things.

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Apr-16-13 9:22 AM


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Apr-16-13 9:53 AM

Throw off your the shackles of your lot Rachel. Experience Joy. You don't even have to get shot. But try getting a brain. It makes joy much sweeter when you know it does not come from the government.

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Apr-16-13 10:16 AM

What if? Everyone was paid the same wage. We all had the same house, same car, the same of everything. Would we need letters to the editor or comment sections? We'd all be equal no matter what we did or didn't do. Wouldn't life be wonderful? We could all be left wingers and life would be great!

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Apr-16-13 10:28 AM

If you don’t like your job or the wage then do something to make yourself more valuable!

Sitting in the back of the class having a good time and not paying attention to your teacher is not so funny now, is it?

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Apr-16-13 10:33 AM

There are forward thinking entities such as Wegman's, Whole Foods, and Costco that pay their people a living wage... they are giving the reprobates in Bentonville Ark. a run for their money) think about it...

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Apr-16-13 12:05 PM

If anyone is making minimum wage and expensing a car and worrying about school supplies, then they're also getting food stamps, Earned Income Credit, free healthcare for the kids and other govt. programs. Of course, you could get a second job, which many people used to do when the one job didn't pay enough to meet their obligations.

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Apr-16-13 12:17 PM

I understand and can even accept most of the comments here, but before attacking me / disagreeing, lets discuss this further.

Yes, minimum wage was designed as a starter wage which is fine. What isn't good is the fact that "MOST" employers DO NOT pay better than this.

Even if they do, look at the gentlemen a couple of weeks ago that was only making ten bucks an hour after 24 years. In my mind, that is slave labor.

Someone made the statement that burger flippers "are not" a career. When these are the only jobs available, what are these "hard workers" suppose to do?

Frankly, I don't understand why people are downgraded just because they can't find a well paying job in our area.

I'll ask the question, but I know the answers that I will get. "what are people suppose to do?" - Better themselves! (how?) - Work harder! (where?) - Stop having families! (why?) - Get an education! (how much should be spent?) - Get off of public assistance! (how?)

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Apr-16-13 1:11 PM

see dog--your desperation for material and attention is showing again--how many times must we embarrass you on the fox fabrication--exposed- referencing the president's comments. "[You didn't build that]?" Lunacy is alive and well.

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Apr-16-13 1:50 PM

I have a suggestion..move to where the jobs are...For example, North Dakota is begging for workers. I couldn't find a job here so I moved away and was able to return to a decent job a few years later. Be proactive.

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Apr-16-13 2:11 PM

Must be my disagrees are from people who want everything just given to them.

I went to JCC and received a decent education at a reasonable price. I then got a job and learned a lot more on the job. I then realized that the lack of a 4 year degree was limiting my career. The company had a tuition assistance program so I got my 4 year degree with the company paying for it ($13,000). I eventually took that degree to another company and landed a $15,000 raise! I WORKED for everything I have. No one gave me anything! Yes, you can better yourself. But it will take some effort on your part.

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Apr-16-13 3:18 PM

see dog--he said a bit more than that, but fox chose to leave that part out for ya--get educated----pleeeeze.

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Apr-16-13 5:01 PM

Sea and Loan, not everyone that trys is scum! A lot of those that try, are ones that try AND try.

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Apr-16-13 5:02 PM

Larry, i also started out in a minimum wage job worked like mad long after the others went home, was promoted went above and beyond what my employer required, went to JCC nights, got another promotion worked for another 8 yrs till I started my own business which I have operated for 26 yrs.

Very difficult but very rewarding and I would do it again.

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Apr-16-13 5:19 PM

PWU- Here's an answer you didn't list, how about moving to where better jobs are located. I've done it and I currently have a nephew who is doing it this very day. And for the record, my nephew has a house that he hasn't sold yet, two young kids, one of whom has severe health problems. Many years ago, nurses in J'town were paid less than just about anywhere else. Why? JCC had a nursing college and local supply exceeded demand. Many that would have preferred staying in Jamestown had to move to receive better pay. Maybe this will help you understand why some are a little short on sympathy for those who stay and complain.

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