Teenís traffic ticket came without warning
I have lived most of my life in Indiana, and I have a lot of respect for our law enforcement officers. But on Jan. 14, my nephew, on his way home from work, was stopped by an officer who took his time to check his record then gave him a ticket for having his light out above his license plate – on his 19th birthday, his only violation since he got his license. What happened to the warning to get it fixed? I do not understand.
ROSEANNE DAWSON Fort Wayne
Minimum wage hike short-sighted solution
We demand a raise, too!
President Barack Obama wants to raise minimum wage somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 percent. We on Social Security get a lousy one-half a percent or so and it’s eaten up in Medicare increases.
What actually is minimum wage? It’s the minimum cost of providing goods and services. All of us will pay higher prices, including –ironically – the people on minimum wage. Remember, the employees’ output doesn’t change, so each item will cost more according to the raise. The only winner is Obama. Payroll taxes are paid on a percentage basis so the government will collect more taxes.
How about welfare recipients? Will they get a raise? If the answer is no, then explain how the providers of their services can earn more money for the same output without their losing purchasing power. If the answer is yes, then explain who is going to pay for the increased benefits. The only way to make everyone richer is by increased productivity, which brings down prices, like the invention of the assembly line did.
The media tried to cover by saying a few countries have a higher minimum wage, Denmark being the highest. How many products can you find that are manufactured in Denmark? How much of that wage does Denmark take in taxes? How much does gas cost in Denmark? The problem with just raising the minimum wage is that it accomplishes nothing because it raises the cost of living to pay for it.
Remember, someday everyone, including those on minimum wage, will become senior citizens trying to survive on Social Security. Obama still insists on a policy that will increase the cost of living, so everyone on Social Security should flood the White House and Congress with this question: Why should we lose purchasing power and not get a similar raise?
DOUGLAS D. RODENBECK Knoxville, Tenn.
ĎAnti-abortioní use shows paperís bias
Regarding coverage of the Jan. 18 March for Life, I’m more than disappointed that The Journal Gazette referred to participants as anti-abortion activists. We are pro-life and to label us as anti- something is an inappropriate, negative description, which miscommunicates, misleads and shows a political bias. It miscasts people, our concerns and efforts for all people and all of life, womb to tomb. It saddens me. I expect a newspaper to report news as objectively as possible and editorialize directly on the appropriate page.
KARL A. FRINCKE Fort Wayne