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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 11 2014 6:00 a.m. MST

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high school fan
Huntington, UT

What is missing in all of these discussions is talk about the quality of the proposed worker and their desire to actually work. As a small business owner and as a former boss at a business of thirty employees, I can tell you that there are many out there that do not know how to work and many who have no desire to work.
Minimum pay to me is far less of an issue than minimum work ethic is. Contribute your share and I would dare say you probably will get paid for it. As far as Walmart goes, are you like me at checkout? Do you look to see which line is actually moving because of the quickness of the cashier?

Back Talk
Federal Way, WA

Laws are made to help prevent abuse. Letting only the market determine the base pay for a worker sets people up to be abused and taken advantage of becuase of their circumstances.

Increasing the minium wage over time seems reasonable to me. It doesnt have to match inflation every year but over time it should definitely increase.

USS Enterprise, UT

To "Back Talk" actually it doesn't let people be abused, unless they want to be abused. What it does is to force people to take responsibility for themselves.

Do you know more about how somebody else should live than they do themselves? You act like people need protecting, and that you are smarter than they are and can protect them. The fact is if nobody protects them, they will quickly learn to do more for themselves.

Read the article "Parents who 'snowplow' deprive kids of learning to clear their own paths" from yesterday's DN. You want to be the "snowplow" for others. It is a bad idea.

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