Ric Mayle asks in his July 7 letter, “When did we stop shooting for higher goals?”
I did not “suggest a $12/hour minimum wage.” I quoted Don Tortorice, who wrote in a column that “raising the MW to $12 would benefit millions of workers and those living in poverty.”
I did not tell the reader “that a person would have to work four full-time jobs at the $12 rate just to receive a living wage. I used analysis from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that the current federal minimum wage job of $7.25/hour is not sufficient to provide a living wage. A family of four with two working adults and two children would “need to work nearly four full time MW ($7.25/hr.) jobs to earn a living wage.”
I worked more than 20 years in an urban interfaith organization advocating for the hungry, the homeless and those not fortunate enough or educated adequately to get a job with a decent wage. I would never say that a person or group of people are “too stupid” to do anything.
Pat Griffin, Seven Lakes