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Letter writer’s analysis of climate change flawed in three ways In his Aug. 1 letter, Larry Lewis correctly noted that any realistic and sustainable response to climate change must be based on more than uninformed emotion. However, his suggestions that 1) the increased insurance claims from weather-related events are simply due to an increase in population density; 2) that the cause of the [approximately] 1 degree Celsius rise in global temperatures since the end of ...


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Will1960
August 10, 2013
12:42 a.m.

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@Jeffrey Clark,

"The sad, cold reality of the situation is that workers are paid in accordance with the value they add to a business"

Wendy's had no objection to paying it's CEO, Emil Brolick 21 Million last year, but they have fought tooth and nail against paying a living wage for the workers who do the grunt work that makes their business go? The Minimum wage debate is also tied in with the disparity between the rich and poor. America is the only country where the sky's the limit when it comes to pay differentials between CEOs, upper management and low level workers. Such policies may permeate the grand illusion of the American Dream, however greed and gluttony shouldn't be the cornerstones of our economic polices. Unfortunately, those qualities have dictated the regulations which governor low wage workers.

The proposed increase in fast food workers pay would lead to slight increases in what consumers would pay for product. So you pay a little more for a hamburger, so workers can make a livable wage. That trade-off is fair and just despite the cries from the business community that the sky will fall. It won't.

Fritzdawg
August 10, 2013
12:43 a.m.

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Jeffrey A. Clark:
"The sad, cold reality of the situation is that workers are paid in accordance with the value they add to a business. If they add lots of value, they are paid proportionate amounts."
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What color is the sky in your world, are there rides?
It's labor, not skilled labor, just labor.
Not every employee is an executive, and Lord knows, in the current culture of willful ignorance, very few will be in the future.
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Not every janitor they hire on is going to increase their bottom line by thinking of the next big thing, or by cleaning the toilets so inordinately well that the public takes notice.
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Bottom line is, that worker is still going to feed his children, and pay his rent, no matter what.
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I don't think it is my responsibility to pay for either, because his employer refuses to, because it might interfere with them making the most obscene profits in history.
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I'm damned tired of paying for other people's rent, food, and health care because their employers, while reaping record breaking profits, will not.

wmarincic
August 10, 2013
7:12 a.m.

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Fast food restaurants are and have always been stepping stones to the future. You get some work experience while getting you're education and you move on to better paying jobs where you show you're skills (value) and you make more money. Only liberals want to pay people to do nothing. Our poor are far from poor in most cases, and I mean most. Our poor have TV's and cable and cell phones. It is an insult to the real poor of the world that die by the millions each year. I don't ever remember hearing of anyone starving to death in America in the last 50 years.

amermike
August 10, 2013
8:46 a.m.

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I am dumbfounded by people's ignorance. If only fast food restaurants and big box stores were stepping stones to better jobs for everyone. The $21 milllion CEOs rely on that front line sales staff (and that's who they are, NOT people who do nothing) for their paychecks.

@Jeffrey Clark, do you actually have any empathy?

albright1
August 10, 2013
10:20 a.m.

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Rodbell,
You should have disclosed that a great deal of your income is based on grants of taxpayers money to further the myth of man-made global warming. You are not an unbiased source of opinion. Additionally, you present no case that warming is caused by human activities. You present no case that warming is bad for earth's inhabitants.

Will1960
August 10, 2013
11:03 a.m.

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@wmarincic

How is paying fast food employees a reasonable wage an insult to the poor? The real issue is how excessive should the profits of CEOs and upper management be garnered on the backs of the workers who perform the hard labor for these corporations. The CEOS and stockholders of the fast food industry have gotten a pass long enough while the government has picked up the tab for this exploitation. A livable wage is long overdue for these workers so they won't rely so heavily on government assistance.

ronzo
August 10, 2013
11:03 a.m.

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In a past economy, fast food restaurants have traditionally been a stepping stone toward job advancement, or as a supplemental income to those who relied on someone else for financial support. In today’s economy and job opportunity, fast food service employment has become the only job, or career if you can call it that, for many who do not have either the ability, opportunity, education or luck to rise to higher level jobs and pay. There are some, but today’s fast food workers are well beyond high school and early adult age. That’s a reason why young adult unemployment is the highest it’s been in decades. So to deprive a person from trying to better support their family because corporate greed prevails, is probably not a society that our founders anticipated 225 years from their actions.

wmarincic
August 10, 2013
3:39 p.m.

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A double cheeseburger is $1 so you want to pay unskilled workers twice as much and raise the price to $2. You can all blame your hero Obama for lack of jobs, high gas prices and higher taxes. Don't worry though, for the 19th time jobs are Obamas priority.

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