Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

February 2, 2014

In Your View

(Continued)

ASHLAND — Thanks to those who braved cold

 have never before written an “In Your View” letter, but after a major water main broke on 25th Street and Carter Avenue Monday evening resulting in no water to my home, I felt compelled to write this letter.

My daughter and I said we needed to pray that the water would be back on soon so we would be able to have water to drink and to flush our toilets.

It finally dawned on me that what we really needed to do was to pray for these men who have had to go out in this bitter zero weather to work on those 100-year-old water mains.

All of us should pray for these men and all the dedicated men and women who work so hard for us to be able to water, gas and electricity, police and fire protection, mail delivery and trash removal. If I have left anyone out, please forgive me.

I, for one, thank them and remember the jobs that perform in all kinds of weather.

Martha D. Ross, Ashland   

Raising minimum wage kills jobs

Kentucky lawmakers are considering House Bill 1, a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over a three-year period. Proponents of the measure see it as a way to address poverty but the sad truth is that a minimum wage increase fails miserably as an anti-poverty policy.

In fact, increases in the minimum wage reduce jobs and job opportunities especially for young, minority and low-skilled workers. Study after study shows that minimum wage increases cost jobs and stifle job creation.

But we don't need academic studies to know that. Common sense tells us that if you increase the cost of something, demand decreases. Raise the cost of gas and people buy less gas. Raise the cost of employing someone and employers will employ fewer workers.

Kentucky’s unemployment rate sits above 8 percent, higher than all of our surrounding states except Illinois. The youth unemployment rate is more than double that. The unemployment rate in some rural counties approaches 20 percent.

It hardly seems prudent to pass legislation that will make this already bad situation worse. HB 1 should be titled "The Kentucky Job-Killing Act of 2014" because that’s exactly what its passage would accomplish.

 Tod Griffin, president, Kentucky Retail Federation, Frankfort

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