Minimum Wage Debate

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February 26, 2014
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Re: The minimum wage debate
Dear Editor:
I was very pleased to read your article about the minimum wage battle. This is an issue that affects so many Americans. I agree with you that President Obama faces a difficult path in his efforts to raise the federal minimum wage. I also agree that the minimum wage increase is well overdue. I understand when you stated that many Americans are living almost in poverty. I once was example of one of those minimum wage workers. In 2009 I lost a well paying job due to layoffs, and I was forced to take a job making $10.50 an hour which was above the minimum wage. Thank God I didn't have any children at that point, Because I barely made it off of that $10.50. I had to adjust my lifestyle, I also had to call my mortgage company to request an adjustment to my monthly mortgage. The mortgage company worked with me, and lowered my payments, until I was back on my feet. So I definitely think that the minimum wage should be increased. I applaud the families that are making it work, and pray that they get the raise that they deserve.
It was also great to read a testimony from a minimum wage worker. Alberta Loder, and her struggle to raise her daughter. She simply needed more money hourly to provide simple things like more food, and milk for her daughter. I think that it is a good thing that you provided a break down in Alberta's monthly expenses, so that other people especially the ones that are against the minimum wage increase can see how everyday minimum wage workers are struggling. Alberta wants more out of life, She wants to go back to school, and she needs more money to make her dream a reality.
I applaud the businesses like Costco who employees can make an average of $45,000 annually. As well as Trader Joes, Stride rite, and Starbucks who realized that their…...

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