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Published: Saturday, Dec. 14 2013 8:30 p.m. MST

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Bruce A. Frank
San Jose, CA

Wish you guys would do some proper research rather than using the propaganda from the networks and the unions. Virtually NO fast food restaurant workers walked off the job in protest. The protesters were union paid demonstrators. It turns out that less than 1/10 of 1% were actual restaurant workers. Across the country those workers are glad to be employed and appreciate the opportune to receive the training and climb the company ladder.

When government arbitrarily imposes minimum wages, employment goes down dramatically. Government has no concept of the value of a job and what an employee is worth to the employer. Even at the minimum wage level it costs the employer thousands and thousands to train new employees. Once they get training and experience, and show themselves a valuable employee, they usually get their first raise. Or, if the now trained and experienced employee wants to climb faster, they use that resume to go to another employer,leaving the last employer stuck with that training cost. Minimum wage jobs are starting points, not the climax job.

Bruce A. Frank
San Jose, CA

Brent T,

Did you ever think about the concept that it might not be advisable to have a family UNTIL you can support a family. My wife and I formed a two person family. After we had worked through educations and worked a lot of menial jobs did we earn enough, and have the adventures, before we arrived at a financial position at which we thought we could provide the necessities for children. Then we had our first child...when we were 40 years old.

That child is now working on a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, because we delayed a family until AFTER we'd obtained the level many steps above minimum wage. If we'd had a kid while making minimum wage we'd have fallen into the trap of instant gratification likely self-sentencing ourselves and our children to a less than successful life.

No matter how much minimum wage pays it will never be anything more than a minimum wage. The "rich" guy that you hold in such disdain, if limited by government, will start a second and third company, creating hundreds more opportunities for young workers to climb above the poverty level.

Merritt Island, Fl

My issue is we are subsidizing McD and all of the other low wage employers. Many of the people with families are on some subsistance program. I have nothing against seeing people eat and not live in their car but are we also shareholders of these companies? I don't think so. Maybe the answer is to add up all of the payments we make to these people and tack a surcharge to the Corp. taxes.

Henry Ford gave outrageous raises to his assembly line workers. Their standard of livng improved and other companies had to follow to keep employees. Ford sold more cars and other industries and retailers profited from this action. It worked then.

Lehi, UT

If minimum wage, or a guaranteed income, is such a wonderful thing, we ought to really go for it then and raise the minimum wage to $30/hr. And, Or, guarantee everyone a minimum income of $30,000 / year.

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