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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Income inequality
February 13, 2014 at 6:02 AM

U.S. workforce: Revise hourly wage system for low-paid workers

Ross Douthat’s syndicated column, “Leaving work behind” [Opinion, Feb. 11], juxtaposes liberal and conservative solutions to the tendency of low paid workers to leave the workforce. One other solution should be considered: amendments to the wage and hour laws. If, over the course of a number of years, the 40 workweek were reduced to…

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February 2, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Gender pay gap: Take action on inequities facing women

Amy Martinez’s gender pay gap article, “Washington is among worst states for gender gap in income,” [Business/Technology, Jan. 24] highlighted a critical issue at a time when our state legislators have just convened. I was appalled at the tone of many of the comments on this article, dismissing it as “male bashing” or another…

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0 Comments | More in Income inequality | Topics: American Association of University Women, Amy Martinez, Barbara Sando

January 22, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Reducing income inequality is in everyone’s interest; the argument for progressive taxes

Michael Osbun / Op Art

Michael Osbun / Op Art

Reducing inequality is in everyone’s interest

David Brooks’ column “The inequality problem and its roots” [Opinion, Jan. 18] got it wrong.

First, his focus on the top 5 percent and the “bottom end” misses the middle class. Second, although he is correct that the causes of inequality are complex, he is wrong to suggest that there are “two different constellations of problems” that are not related.

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0 Comments | More in Income inequality | Topics: Carol Levin, David Brooks, economy