Regarding Pancho Baker’s April 20 letter: He asks, does anyone else think the minimum wage should be lowered to $5 an hour?
No way. When I as in college at Long Beach State in 1976, I got a summer job at GTE (now Verizon) in their computerized switching office as a long-distance operator. I started at a lower living wage with full benefits and quickly went up in pay. I graduated and stayed with GTE and worked my way up within their switching system and beyond. Then I moved into management of another large telecommunications company.
That was then, this is now. At a fast-food business today, $8 is pay for employees trying to raise their kids, pay rent and keep their vehicle running. It is not a living wage. Just look at who is working at McDonald’s or Walmart — not high school kids.
Cutting minimum wage is a short-sighted idea. Cut the minimum pay and we will be paying more for their support. There is already a hiring frenzy for people willing to work for $8. Cutting the minimum wage to $5 is a bad business model for all.
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Thomas J. Hernandez