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Espinosa all wrong

Posted: August 22, 2009 7:41 p.m.
Updated: August 23, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Dear Mrs. Espinosa,

You have that all wrong on minimum wage (“Higher minimum wage costs jobs,” The Signal, Aug. 19).

Obviously you are hiring teenagers who really don’t need to work because their incomes go for extras.

There are many people who come from other countries working minimum-wage jobs because they are not qualified to do anything else.

This is one of the good things President Barack Obama is trying for.

I have a son who works a minimum-wage job in Oregon as a maintenance man but is furnished living quarters and is very frugal.

Otherwise, he wouldn’t make it.

Teenagers need to work, I agree, but I suspect you have a few that don’t need to.

Yes, minimum wage was a starting point at one time, but for many it is what is, our country has changed (especially California) and many people need more.


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