To be sure, the issue of a minimum wage is a complex one ("State leaders give partial backing to minimum-wage hike," Jan. 27).
Some are convinced that an increase in the minimum wage would result higher costs throughout the U.S. as well as affecting its economy, especially small businesses. At the same time, it is arguable that a minimum wage is not a threat to business, and moreover, that the money saved by workers with their increase in salary will be used in savings or spending in local businesses.
One wonders why it is objectionable to provide a salary increase for workers, when CEOs and company directors are making hundreds of times what their workers make. If a company is experiencing difficult times financially, maybe the CEO and the board of directors can pitch in with a modest contribution.
While deeply cutting vital programs for the poor, including food stamps and unemployment insurance, the wealthiest are provided with extensive tax cuts.
There is a widening gap between the rich and the rest of us. No one should live in poverty in the wealthiest nation on Earth.
Lee Lears, Annapolis
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