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Raising wages

March 16, 2003

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To the editor:

I second Clint Bradley. (Public Forum, March 8)

It has been awhile since I've been in school, but I seem to remember a concept called "supply and demand." Merchants raise prices on goods when wages go up because people are able to pay more. My grandfather paid about $3,000 for his home. But our wages are better now. We can buy the same well-kept home for $100,000 or $200,000.

1. Why is a living wage law going to do any more than cause us to take our money to the store in a bushel basket?

2. Won't it make those exempt from it even poorer, since they also will have to pay the higher prices?

Did someone repeal the law of supply and demand?

Artificially raising wages is not the answer. Lower-paid people will always struggle because they will always be lower-paid, no matter what their wages. Top wages will be raised when the bottom wages are.

Individual wages are raised through education, time on the job, merit and, sometimes finding a job that offers overtime or shift differential.

Patricia Kirk,

Lawrence

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