We owe minimum-wage earners a raise

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It is always sad to read a letter such as “People Can Improve Their Own Futures” (Dec. 9) from someone who seems to lack the understanding that all of us do not have the same opportunity or ability to move on from minimum-wage jobs.

For the writer it was possible, and I laud her ability to succeed by hard work and very likely help from others.

Doors opened for her that do not always open for everyone in the same way. Hopefully she can count her blessings and might someday be willing to see that others are not always able to do what she was able to do.

Sadly, many will have to work in service jobs at low pay for the rest of their lives. There are many jobs that some are willing and able to do at minimum wage because it is all they are able to do. These jobs provide a service that is an important part of life for you and me.

I, for one, feel strongly that we owe minimum-wage earners a raise. In fact we owe them a living wage, one that will put food on the table and afford them good health care and a decent life. In our so-called Christian nation it is time for the minimum wage to be upped substantially, and it should be done with a generous, warm and willing spirit.


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