Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. 99¢ for 4 weeks.
NewsOpinionReaders Respond

Higher wages will bring higher prices [Letter]

I agree with Laura Howell about who gets hurt by wage hikes, but she left out the group hurt the most ("Minimum wage debate ignores key group," Jan. 16). Those of us on fixed income like Social Security will see a drastic decline in our purchasing power. If we raised wages at the same rate as Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (1 percent) that would be an unacceptable 7 cents.

Yes, it's time to raise the minimum wage, but these jobs are about paying your dues, giving employers a chance to evaluate candidates for training and advancement.

I fear the upcoming elections will influence how big a raise the unskilled will get. I know I won't be buying $5 cups of gas station coffee.

Dan Shannahan, Fullerton

To respond to this letter, send an email to Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Do we reward hard work or not? [Letter]
    Do we reward hard work or not? [Letter]

    In regard to Dan Rodricks' recent column on the minimum wage and tipped workers ("Questioning wage law built on the kindness of strangers," April 18), I was following along with Dan's arguments up until his last sentence, "and I thought that in America we like to see...

  • Paid employee sick leave is good for business in Maryland
    Paid employee sick leave is good for business in Maryland

    The hard work and vitality of employees are crucial to any business' success. It makes good business sense to take care of employees in order to retain a loyal and healthy workforce and to attract top talent. That's why I provide paid sick days for the people who work for me.