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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Recently, there was a nationwide strike of fast-food workers. Most conservatives do not believe the minimum wage should be raised. I disagree.

Is it right to work a full-time job and have to use food stamps to make ends meet? It is the taxpayers who subsidize those who have to rely on government programs to survive.

Minimum-wage jobs are no longer just “entry level.” For many, such jobs are the only work to be found, since so many positions have gone overseas or just been eliminated. It is family breadwinners who are stuck in these jobs, as well as older workers who are too young to retire but have been downsized.

When I started in the labor force, I worked at minimum wage. But the economy was different then. There were many opportunities to grow and if you had ambition and were not afraid of hard work, you could advance. I do not think that is the case today.

In the world economy, we are all struggling for our piece of the pie. Sometimes, all that's left is crumbs. And it only will get worse as the gap between the rich and the working poor grows. Amnesty for illegal immigrants will wipe out any bargaining power to improve lower-class wages.

It is time for an increase in the minimum wage and an end to the exploitation of the working class.

Diane Bialecki


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