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July 30, 2013 at 6:24 AM

Raising minimum wage in SeaTac

Minimum wage for entry levels

Does the Rev. Dick Gillet really know what the minimum wage, is really all about? [“Northwest Voices: Minimum wage debated in SeaTac,” Opinion, July 29.]

Maybe he needs to take a look at how it all came about, because it was not for a living wage, but a beginning in the work world or entry level in a company.

In most cases, the minimum wage was for those who did not have any experience and needed to gain this by working, usually in the food-service industry.

For those who make $9.50 an hour as baggage handlers, this is the low end, those who are just starting out in that career. Most workers don’t see this as a career, but if they do, they will continue to rise to higher levels as baggage handlers. Or they will move on to other fields in the airline industry.

To raise the minimum wage at SeaTac to $15 an hour, including for restaurants, is ludicrous. They will raise their prices for the food, you can bet on it.

Is this just another ploy for the Port of Seattle to raise the rent on those who are renting space for their services? It sounds pretty fishy.

Patsy Gee, Federal Way

Ironic juxtaposition

I found it ironic that certain articles were juxtaposed on Sunday: “Boeing, Boeing gone: More work to land elsewhere,” right above “Vote set for $15 minimum wage.” [“News of Note,” News, July 28.]

Actions speak louder than words when businesses look to relocate to a business-friendly labor market.

Mike Luiten, Bellevue

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