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February 26, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Minimum wage: Ideology doesn’t solve problems

Danny Westneat’s column “A do-gooder tells why $15 wage is a bad idea” [“Local News, Feb. 22] was spot on.

Seattle politicians’ willingness, it seems, to go “round the progressive bend” despite unknown consequences is distressing. This is where they believe the votes to be, however, and they’re probably right (witness Richard Conlin’s defeat).

But that doesn’t mean the progressive-blessed solution to a problem is necessarily rational or in the best interests of the city — though it is the one we perceive would keep us in sync with what we perceive to be the beliefs of our peers. Ideology, whether religious or of the right or the left, doesn’t solve problems. I doubt Boeing asks its engineers whether they favor a Christian, Muslim, atheist, Democratic, socialist, Republican or libertarian point of view, none of which has anything to do with getting a plane off the ground. If they did, I would stop flying.

Charlie Spaeth, Seattle

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