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November 17, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Minimum wage is stressful regardless of any personal dynamics

Tax credit and discounts will keep more workers employed

Recent articles have cited large companies shutting down entire wings of hotels to sneak under the radar, or reducing hours so the service to customers suffers (and those customers are lost), and others who just cannot make the $15 minimum wage for their workers withought any other changes go out of business [“$15 wage a crude tool to fix inequity,” Opinion, Nov. 13].

Instead, why not try to find a way to make the bottom line for the owners the same (or better with continued growth) with either tax credits or discounts of one kind or another? — while keeping more workers employed with a living wage that will only help fewer people be so unnecessarily stressed. All people are always a part of a family, and everyone deserves to be able to have a decent-paying job and raise their families with dignity and respect, free from financial fears.

Why not let us all try to find an answer to placing more money into the hourly worker’s pockets (and keeping a stable or better answer for the business owners) so we all benefit?

I am a retired residential designer. Now, I have no job, very little income and no family — and have great empathy for those who still struggle against income and costs to try to keep things together.

This really has nothing to do with race, origin, or any other personal dynamics — this involves all of us.

Bruce Hill, Seattle

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