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February 28, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Improving economic disparities: Give workers a basic living wage

Columnist David Brooks states in his column that “ … the majority of workers are not seeing income gains commensurate with their productivity levels.” [“Capitalism for the masses,” Opinion, Feb. 22]. He also states that “ … Republicans need to declare a truce on the social safety net.” So far, so good. However, then…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, minimum wage | Topics: American Enterprise Institute, David Brooks, economic disparities

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

December 6, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Mistletoe debate sparks moral questions

Why is begging legal and selling is not?

I think the mistletoe debate is very thought-provoking [“Oregon girl gets top row of braces after mistletoe snag hits the news,” NWWednesday, Dec. 4].

It presents an issue of morals versus extremely finite legal issues: a question that is truly hard to answer.

It is clear from a moral perspective that she should be able to be able to receive medical treatment. But should she be able to harmlessly bend the rules? The article would suggest yes by implying that the guard is in the wrong here by denying her the chance for dental care.

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0 Comments | More in Economy | Topics: economy, Mistletoe

November 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

People need the opportunity to get a job

American workers lead to a bright American future All of the conservative, Republican, tea party people feel that poor people, who might need some help getting their lives together, just want to bury their snouts in the trough of free benefits forever. I don’t believe that for a moment. Yes, there are times when people, through no…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Job market | Topics: economy, job market

October 27, 2013 at 8:29 AM

State hasn’t paid its share

2008 recession continues to affect those who had nothing to do with it There is a lot of pressure for the state Supreme Court to overrule lower court rulings on state employee pensions [“Supreme Court: rule against pension lawsuits, Opinion, Oct. 24]. A recent editorial pressures the court to rule against state employees because the state needs…

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0 Comments | More in Economy | Topics: economy, Pensions

October 21, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Military spending should be spent on programs that are helpful

Use money to save lives, not fund wars In the recent past, there was U.S. consideration of military action in Syria. We all know that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have already cost us about $1 trillion, with more yet to be spent. One alternative to spending trillions on the military is to spend a tiny…

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0 Comments | More in government | Topics: economy, military spending

October 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Debt crisis increasing

Causes are well known Republican House Speaker John Boehner wants to know the cause of the requirement for a debt-ceiling increase. The causes are well known: outsourcing of American jobs and manufacturing, accumulation of wealth with the top 1 percent, tax cuts for the wealthy so that the wealth at the top is not fairly taxed,…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Government shutdown | Topics: economy, government shutdown

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