Printed letters, Jan. 13, 2010

Minimum-wage law

helps drive inflation

In reference to Bill Grant’s column in The Daily Sentinel Jan. 6, as an employer in Grand Junction I have no intention of lowering the minimum wage for my employees by 3 cents.

Since Amendment 42 was passed two years ago, the average increase has been 25 cents. Every hourly employee expects that same raise, so the entire staff gets a raise not based on performance, automatically at the first of the year.

I am just guessing, but most employers then pass that cost on to the consumer through increased prices, thus decreasing the purchasing power of the employee who just got the raise. So, in a normal economy (which this is not) the increase in the consumer price index is partially driven by the increase in the minimum wage.

Maybe we should peg the minimum wage to the increase in government spending. Then all minimum-wage employees would be multimillionaires.

SPIKE HOWARD

Something is skewed in economic picture

The minimum wage in Colorado has been cut and Social Security and other pension benefits have been frozen because economic indicators show we are in a recession. Yet every time we fill our cars with gasoline or make a purchase at the grocery store, the prices have increased.

I would like to have some economist explain this to an old man who grew up in the Great Depression, experienced the Second World War and numerous conflicts since, along with several big recessions, but is having difficulty in understanding this current state of affairs.

Maybe I just don’t see the “big picture.” But perhaps what we need is a big house cleaning in Washington, D.C. next election. It can’t hurt.

NEAL A. WARD

 

World War II was not a fight against socialism

With all due respect to Bob Strong’s service in World War II, (“Fighting in WWII may have been in vain”) printed in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 8: I have a great deal of trouble understanding his insinuation that the Democratic Party can somehow be compared to Nazi Germany.

While the Nazi’s official name was the National Socialist German Workers Party, I find it reprehensible that anyone could claim that because the word “socialist” appeared in their name, they somehow are representative of socialism. North Korea refers to itself as, The Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea. However, I’m not aware of any person in the free world who would assert that because the word “democratic” appears in it’s name, it is somehow representative of democracy.

Nazi Germany was a dictatorship led by a psychopath intent on world domination, as well as the elimination of anyone not considered to have been of pure Aryan stock. While I can appreciate the angst many people may harbor concerning the direction of this country (while not necessarily agreeing with it), I feel Mr. Strong diminishes his contribution in World War II by suggesting that he was fighting to save the world from socialism.

He, like millions of others, fought to rid the world of a homicidal maniac bent on genocide. For that Mr. Strong, I salute you.

GREG FOX

 

Sentinel should be cautious in backing Hickenlooper

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar isn’t planning to run for Colorado governor. What a disappointment that must be for The Daily Sentinel, given the tendency of its editorial board to gush with admiration and approval for virtually everything Salazar says and does.

Should John Hickenlooper ultimately decide to run, one can only hope that the paper will be cautious before giving its endorsement to yet another candidate for governor who believes Colorado ends at the Front Range, unless of course, it is time to go fly fishing or skiing.

VAUGHN PARK



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