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

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Kent Misegades

The best minimum wage policy for the poor is no minimum wage policy. Minimum wages have destroyed millions of entry-level jobs that teenagers used to do. This is where people used to learn good work habits and seek to improve themselves. Now teenagers often get into trouble out of boredom and in their search for role models when none exist at home. The best used to be found among parents and at the workplace. Help the poor by declaring all wage-related regulations what they are, unconstitutional.

Ric Mayle

Perfect answer. If you don't apply yourself and you simply accept a minimum wage job, it's your own fault. With all the job opportunities out there today tell a minimum wage employer to take a hike, work hard , proof yourself and you will be paid appropriately. It is not the tax payers responsibility to pay additional for a higher minimum wage. We already pay enough!

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