I found Susan Garber's attack on the $15 minimum wage faulty in more ways than one ("Higher minimum wage would hurt Md. seniors,” Feb. 19).
She dismisses a raise from $10.10 an hour to $15 as one that will "benefit minimally" low-wage workers, but she decries such increase as "catastrophic" to their much better-off employers. She relies on discredited economics to project unemployment increases when the poorest in the workforce get a little more to spend (which increases demand) — and when the very rich get humongous tax brakes to squirrel away (which may usher in the next recession).
And she then carts out senior citizens as the group that will most suffer from relief to minimum wage workers.
Well, as a senior citizen myself, I have news for her. We who are retired are actually being supported by the ones who still work, and to decry an increase in a small percentage of our cost of living to a 50 percent improvement of the least paid among those who support us is sheer hubris. We should be kinder to the hand that feeds us in our old age. If we need to protest rising costs, we can take a look at big landlords, big pharma and big tax-cuts and direct our invective where it truly belongs.
Kostis Papadantonakis, Baltimore
The writer is a retired economics professor.