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May 5, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Minimum wage: Economics can’t explain all variables of a wage hike

The final two words of Maxford Nelsen’s guest column on the minimum wage caught my attention, specifically the term “dreadful economics” [“Does increasing the minimum wage stimulate the economy?” Opinion, May 1] That pretty much defines the field of study of economics itself. This so-called social science attempts to apply the scientific method to…

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August 29, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Steve Ballmer’s retirement from Microsoft

Columnist is cynical Rarely does Paul Krugman compliment any businessman or company for its success. [“Column: Microsoft, Steve Ballmer and the decline of e-empires,” Opinion, Aug. 27.] Microsoft was under brutal attack by the Justice Department only a couple of years ago. The result was the competitive forces of the mainly free marketplace leveled things out. Krugman…

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August 6, 2013 at 7:08 AM

From fast food to Whole Foods, Seattle debates wages

Simple supply-and-demand There is much consternation in Seattle over “living wages” for low-wage workers. [“Northwest Voices: Fast-food worker,” Opinion, Aug. 3.] Some people think these low-wage workers should, in essence, get off their bums and improve their own prospects. [“Northwest Voices: Fast-food restaurant wages,” Opinion, Aug. 2.] Others think employers should simply pay them more….

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