Yes, workers in low-paying jobs, as indicated in Bob Uhriniak's April 5 article "Working Hard, Getting Poorer" (Perspectives), certainly deserve higher wages for the jobs they do. That's a no-brainer.
However, reality bites, and to quote the Rolling Stones, the phrase "You can't always get what you want" is right on the money (no pun intended).
We all have to make decisions, and determining whether to have children can indeed be filled with anguish. It has always been taken for granted that when couples marry, children ultimately come with the territory. But in some situations, the most prudent and sensible decision may be just not to have kids.
As indicated in Mr. Uhriniak's piece, having a home (purchased or rented) plus the expenses that go along with it, perhaps an extra car, child care, college, not to mention additional food, clothing and a zillion other things children require, cannot realistically be part of an income in the neighborhood of $35,000.
Deciding not to have children is a difficult decision that requires a lot of soul-searching, but it just might be the right path for many couples who would find it excruciatingly difficult if they do decide to have kids.