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Writer's bias should have been disclosed

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Writer's bias should have been disclosed

Re: "Responding to minimum wage ideas," (Guest View by Michael Saltsman, Feb. 14.)

Thank goodness we have the Internet. I'm interested in minimum wage issues and was drawn to Mr. Saltsman's column. I don't know what the Herald's policy is on "guest" columnists, but I do wish Mr. Saltsman had been identified beyond "Research Director at the Economic Policies Institute."

With the Internet's help I was able to quickly learn that Mr. Saltsman and the Institute are fronts for the D.C.-based public relations/lobbying firm of Berman and Company. Their clients include (drum roll) -- the restaurant industry. Berman is also pro-tobacco, and against Mothers Against Drunk Driving, PETA, and, well, you get the picture.

I know all columnists have a bias, but writers such as Bill O'Reilly, Donna Brazille and so forth are known quantities, either media stars or regularly appearing in the media. Mr. Saltsman is such an obvious shill that "Guest View" should have instead read "Paid Advertisement."

Michael A. Rugh

Lake in the Hills

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