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March 17, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Teen jobs: Important to gain experience young

In The Seattle Times article “Menu grows slimmer for teens who want jobs” [“Business Technology, March 14] business reporter Amy Martinez highlights a very real problem our youths face in finding work.

This problem would only be magnified if Seattle’s well-meaning but misguided social engineers are allowed to dictate what businesses should pay people. Ideas really do have consequences.

Cleia Kim, who needs those two years of applicable experience, can get them only if a business can afford to hire her at a rate of pay that makes good business sense. If it doesn’t make good business sense, the job goes away.

Cleia wants “more opportunities for … something small,” which is what a low minimum wage is all about. $15 an hour kills both jobs and opportunities. $3.10 an hour: that’s what I made scooping ice cream at my first job when I was 15 years old … and I didn’t think to complain once.

Christopher Larsen, SeaTac

Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: Amy Martinez, Christopher Larsen, Teen jobs

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