When did we stop shooting for higher goals?
Pat Griffin’s letter “Raise the Minimum Wage for Workers” suggests a $12 minimum wage, and then tells the reader that a person would have to work four full-time jobs at that rate just to receive a living wage.
That kind of confirms that a minimum wage is not designed to be a full-time job and support a family of four. I raised my kids to work hard in school and at their jobs in order to advance themselves and make a better living. Griffin seems to think that a certain class of people are too stupid to advance themselves and need to just settle for the bare minimum. How degrading is that?
There are many lower wage positions needed to be filled by part-time student and seniors looking to supplement their retirement years. Raising a family on $25,000 a year isn’t going to cut it. And by the way, it is not the responsibility of an employer to pay those positions more money — of course, unless, you want to pay $9 for a cheeseburger.
Ric Mayle, Pinehurst