The biggest political football in this country is the minimum wage. Some workers are worth the minimum wage ($5.15), some more than $50 per hour, and many are not worth 50 cents per hour.

We are not worth the same, like I think the Russian communists used to teach.

Years ago some employers would take advantage of workers in sweat shops and pay around 20 cents per hour.

Pay raises used to be a sign of improvement, more productivity and better quality of work performed — not because a person is deep in debt.

If the minimum wage goes up 15 or 20 percent, prices on merchandise you need or want or have to have will increase 25 or 30 percent. It costs retail merchants to change all the prices. Again when people and workers’ unions say we need a raise, alimony, child support, lawsuit judgments, medicine, rent, taxes, insurance, etc., increase.

Jack Francis

Henryetta

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