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May 29, 2014

Letters to the Editor: 05/29/2014

Stamps and wages

In 1966 the minimum wage was $1.25 per hour and a first-class stamp cost five cents. Today a postage stamp costs 49 cents and minimum wage is $7.40.

So, a minimum wage worker can now only purchase 15 stamps as opposed to 25 in 1966.

Minimum wage should always be 25 times the cost of a first class stamp. So minimum wage should be $12.25.

Kenneth F. Bryson


Remember in Nov.

The Republicans have drastically undercut the tax revenue brought in by giving business so many tax breaks and cuts. So who do they turn to for more money? Us, at the gas pump in raising the gas tax to fix the roads.

If you ask them you’ll hear we haven’t raised the tax in years. Excuse me, they have raised taxes, tax on seniors/ pensions, hunting and fishing fees, etc.

Well, I say we haven’t cut their salary or perks ever. I hope I’m not the only one to remember these inept legislators in November.

Louie Neilson



I read so often in the Great Lakes area — ideas, visions, especially now that great minds of the world have descended on our area, that they have a great idea or vision. Let’s do it. Let’s do a study then implement the plan. Oops. We forgot about the money part. How do we do that?

Then we have to obtain money to maintain the plan. We can move traffic, build a bridge over both bays, east to west would do it. It’s a great vision, let’s do it. Worry about paying later.

Maybe that’s why we have plans that fail. After the euphoria of the great plan we get brown water problems, dams that burst, splash pads and septic system collapses.

Think about it. Maybe this is unintended consequences of great minds.

Thomas L. Vert

Traverse City

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