There is a steady stream of arguments against increasing the minimum wage — lost jobs, youth unemployment and now, cutbacks in government benefits ("For some, income drops as wage rises," Feb. 5). Never, of course, is there a mention of how this additional expense may cut into the profits of owners and investors. And all of these objections come from writers who do not need to subsist on $7.25 an hour.

Would any minimum wage earner care to weigh in on why his or her wages should not be increased?

Thad Paulhamus, Baltimore

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