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posted: 4/19/2014 5:01 AM

Political right is wrong on wages

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Many, many years ago I was a high school student and got a summer job at a chain store selling women's apparel. My wage was 35 cents an hour. A postage stamp cost 3 cents.

Imagine my dismay when the subject of minimum wage became a hot issue again and the political right was still using the same old argument that they were using when I started working, saying it would cause a loss of jobs.

Years passed and the economy rose and fell, but it always seemed to me that raising the minimum wage had been beneficial by allowing more people to participate and increasing buying power.

Then a strange thought struck me. Perhaps the political right is caught in some kind of weird time warp, and that maybe they would be happier if a stamp still cost 3 cents and the minimum wage was still 35 cents! Ya think?

Geri O'Brien

Arlington Heights

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