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Mandatory living wage would save N.Y. headaches, cash

Mandatory living wage would save N.Y. headaches, cash

*Mandatory living wage would save N.Y. headaches, cash *Fly flag, take veterans’ tribute a step furt

Mandatory living wage would save N.Y. headaches, cash

On May 19, I read Dorian T. Warren’s op-ed, “Gatsby vs McJobs,” with its discussion about a living wage.

A living wage — a wage that allows people to feed, clothe and warm their families without help from the government. A wage that allows people to participate in homeownership, perhaps. A wage that could build community pride and strength. After all, if you don’t have to work two or three jobs to make ends meet, you could spend time with your family and participate in community events.

I know why companies fight this idea: Why pay a living wage when the companies have taxpayers to pick up the tab for workers who need additional assistance to survive? (Think WalMart.) And besides, the biggest companies have to have something to ship overseas to keep their tax-free accounts going!

Where is this discussion of “living wage” going? I think that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, instead of eliminating state income tax for the workers of any company using his new “tax free” areas near college campuses, should instead mandate that they be paid a living wage.

As for the companies themselves, what good is it to the state to have them come here if they pay no taxes? We get to build them roads and sewers, like GlobalFoundries and WalMart. We get to battle them as they seek to lower the already-agreed-upon low tax rates. We do get what money their workers spend locally,

but localities get to build new schools to educate their children and lose open green areas to house them.

If the companies were required to give the workers a living wage, the state would get something back from their increased wages, and taxpayers might not have to pick up the tab for people who get only a minimum wage.

If you agree, call Andrew.

Janice Walz

Scotia

Fly flag, take veterans’ tribute a step further

I wish to sing the praises of The Daily Gazette for the articles you ran regarding Memorial Day, and the services that were held by the many organizations — military, veteran and communities.

You ran many articles in the week before Memorial Day, with announcements about where services would be held, so the public would know.

The coverage — with articles, interviews and pictures — was what a “hometown” paper should do. You let the people know, and that always increases the number of citizens who come to honor veterans and active-duty service people.

If we could only get the citizens to follow up with respect to the American flag, that would make all the coverage worthwhile.

Recently, two stores ran ads for a flag set for the home for under $7. While traveling throughout the city, I noticed very few flags on display — other than the usual people who always fly the flag. It is such a small investment to show pride in America and those who died to protect our freedoms.

The next big holidays to display the flag will be Flag Day, June 14, and the Fourth of July — the birthday of America.

Why not show pride in America and display a flag?

Take pride in this great country and show our neighbors that you believe in American and are willing to let it be known.

James A. Wilson

Schenectady

Dole couldn’t have said it better about GOP

“GOP should be closed for repairs.” Those were the words of Bob Dole, former Republican presidential candidate and Senate leader [May 26].

The Republican house is a disgrace and led by the weakest Speaker of the House (the weeper) this country has ever seen. The party of “no” has become the party of obstructionism, wild goose chases (that they like to call investigations) and partisanship. They have recorded the highest number of filibusters ever during the Obama administration.

Now we have the warmonger, [Sen.] John McCain, visiting Syria in an attempt to get the United States directly involved in that conflict — which, of course, would lead to confrontation with Iran, which is McCain’s ultimate goal. Apparently McCain thinks that’s more important than staying home and working on a budget resolution that might improve our nation’s economy.

Never mind that we are still trillions of dollars in debt from the Bush wars. Never mind that the overwhelming majority of Americans are against our involvement in any conflict in that part of the world.

McCain, like the party he represents, has no interest in taking care of the people’s business. They have their own misguided agenda.

Chet Vanbumble

Glenville

Media’s motto should be ‘too much, too early’

Thank you for Edward Wasserman’s great May 19 column [“Boston bombing coverage shows how media has gone wrong”].

If they [the media] had waited one minute to break in, the viewers would have known who won “The Price Is Right.” If they had waited 20 to 30 minutes, we would have had local news and weather.

There would have been two hours of regular programming in the afternoon while they waited that long for an expected report. Instead, we had lame chatter and wrong information.

You should print the addresses and telephone numbers of the three main TV stations so we can complain the next time they pull that stunt.

Olive Mae Mcclellan

South Glens Falls

Show Memorial Day parade on national TV

Am I the only one wondering why the national Memorial Day parade was not televised on the big networks?

They televise the Emmy Awards and the Oscars, but not the Memorial Day parade.

I wonder why we feel that award shows are more important than saying “thank you” to our servicemen and women for their bravery, for putting their lives at risk for our freedom. I think the least we can do is say “thank you” to them, to let them know we appreciate their service, and for sacrificing not only time with family but their lives. Shameful is the only word that comes to mind.

Thank you to all who serve — past and present.

Michelle Pierce

Rotterdam

Graphic antismoking ads take wrong approach

Am I the only person who is totally disgusted by the hazards of smoking ads that are shown on TV during mealtime?

I am a nonsmoker and do not in any way condone the habit. I find it very disconcerting to watch those poor souls gag, gasp, and vomit. I can’t imagine that these ads would encourage a smoker to stop.

I am overweight, and the sight of obese people keeling over on their pizza would only encourage me to turn the channel.

Lois Mills

Niskayuna

Cuomo’s tax-free zones a bad idea for the state

I would hope the Legislature would put on hold Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to offer new industries — including employees — freedom from taxes [May 27 Gazette].

In the meantime, to make New York state more appealing to industry, lawmakers could review present laws, restrictions and taxes, which now discourage industry from moving in or just remaining here.

David Childs

Johnstown

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