Why not cut wages in half?
My response to Thomas Leadingham’s $10 Whopper that was in Sunday’s In Your View section.
Mr. Leadingham, I thought I was all alone until I read your letter. Your idea of prices going up in relation to giving these people a raise is spot on.
How can they complain? They make $7.25 an hour. That is $15,080 a year! That is almost at the poverty line! What more do they want? Before long they will want some type of health insurance so their kids can get check ups and that sort of thing.
And Mr. Leadingham mentioned “skilled workers” making $11 an hour. Who started that? Before long they may ask for time and a half for overtime and then there goes the neighborhood.
Here is my idea, and Mr. Leadingham will surely agree: Let’s cut their wages in half and tell them to get a second job and it will even out. Then we cut out any and all retirement benefits. Using his logic and cutting their pay, the price for the Whopper will fall. And if any have health insurance paid for by the company, cut that also.
We can also get our hero Rand Paul to get unemployment benefits stopped so companies will be relieved of another burden.
Now you and I can go get that Whopper and banana split we crave. We may want to hurry as prices have dropped so much even those minimum wage workers can now afford to purchase them.
Wow! We may have went too far.
Tim Renfroe, Ashland
Kentucky has a pro-coal senator
Allison Grimes said what Kentucky needs is pro-coal senator. We have that in Mitch McConnell.
What we have is a no-coal president. Where was Mrs Grimes when our miners were getting laid off? Where was she four years ago when they were holding up permits so that we had to scramble to get to work?
What she says she’ll do is a lot like a woman who came to my dad’s workshop in Allen many years ago. She wanted to work there and prove that she could do the heavy labor that they did there. Daddy went and found the heaviest electric motor in the place and could barely get it off the floor. He asked her to pick it up. She couldn’t budge it. She had to move on.
What we don’t need is a freshman senator who doesn’t have what position our senior senator has. Yeah, she’ll say her little piece to the president, and he’ll wait and say, “Thank you, Mrs Grimes ,you can sit down now.”
The woman above couldn’t budge the motor.
Neither does Mrs Grimes have what it takes to budge somebody dead set against us.
Ray Davis Jr, Hager Hill
Gift for grandkids: No income tax
Grandparents, here’s Christmas a gift suggestion for your grandchildren. Like most other gifts given your grandchildren, it’s something you’ve never experienced. Unlike your previous gifts, its value is priceless; it will last all their lives and benefit future generations. The gift: An America with no income tax and without the evil IRS.
The income tax has been a thorn in your side since you first went to work. Over the years, you’ve spent many hours preparing your income tax returns. Even now you are probably gathering receipts and such for that annual task. You can spare your grandchildren this drudgery.
The IRS which you have despised, and feared, will be an even greater threat to your grandchildren. The IRS now openly targets groups considered to be unfriendly to the federal government. It’s used as a political weapon to keep would-be dissidents “whipped into shape.” It plays favorites, grants “tax favors” to special interests and well-connected people; all stemming from actions of our men and women in Congress.
You know from experience it’s true. But it doesn’t have to be for our grandchildren. Let’s take back our country! Work to defeat your incumbent congressmen in his/her 2014 primary. Do it for your grandkids.
Glen E Terrell, Arlington, Texas
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Why not cut wages in half?
We offer a somewhat belated congratulations to Derek Hazlett, a welding instructor at the Carter County Career and Technical Center, for being one of only two recipients of the 2013 Carl J. Schaefer Memorial Award that honors career and technical education teachers.
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